A new National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has been created to coordinate advice to the Government on actions to anticipate and mitigate the economic and social effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Neville Power has been appointed the Chairman. An Executive Board of Commissioners will advise the Prime Minister on all non-health aspects of the pandemic response. The Board includes Mr Greg Combet AM, Ms Jane Halton AO, Mr Paul Little AO, Ms Catherine Tanna and Mr David Thodey AO (Deputy Chair). They will be joined by the Secretaries of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Philip Gaetjens and Home Affairs, Mr Mike Pezzullo.
The National Cabinet, comprising State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers, continues to lead the national response at a government level. The Government’s National Security Committee of Cabinet’s COVID-19 Taskforce and the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet continue to take decisions that determine the Commonwealth’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The existing National Coordination Mechanism, based in the Department of Home Affairs which coordinates the cross-jurisdictional response to non-health aspects of the pandemic, will report to the Commission, as will the Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit based in the Treasury Department.
Source: Prime Minister media release, 25 March 2020.