Statement from the Board of Inquiry re reporting date

The Board of Inquiry will deliver an interim report on Friday 6 November 2020.

Wednesday 28 October 2020 9:46pm

The Board of Inquiry will deliver an interim report on Friday 6 November 2020, containing recommendations for a proposed quarantine program, based on evidence and information currently available to the Board.

The Board will deliver a final report containing the examination and findings on the decisions and actions of, and communications between, relevant agencies in establishing the initial Hotel Quarantine Program in Victoria, and any further recommendations, by Monday 21 December 2020.

This unfortunate delay is due to the provision of additional material which occurred after the conclusion of closing submissions on 28 September 2020, as detailed at the extraordinary sitting on 20 October 2020.

As a result of this additional material, the Board has issued several further notices to produce and requests for affidavits. Several documents and affidavits are presently outstanding and may lead to further enquiries.

Inquiry Chair the Hon. Jennifer Coate AO wrote to Premier Daniel Andrews on 28 October 2020 to advise that the Board would not be able to deliver a final report by 6 November 2020, and to propose this alternative way forward.

The Premier responded on 29 October 2020 advising that he agreed that the Board's final reporting date should be extended.

Media contact: Ed Gardiner – media@quarantineinquiry.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 28 June 2021

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