On 8 April 2020, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The committee is to present its final report on or before 30 June 2022.
Public hearing 29 September 2020 (Duration 3 hr 40 min)
Public hearing 24 September 2020 (Duration 3 hr 35 min)
The committee may invite people who have made a written submission to appear before it at a public hearing to present information and to answer questions. Such hearings are currently taking place in Parliament House, Canberra and are broadcast live. Witnesses may either appear in person or via videoconference.
The committee is currently considering their upcoming hearing schedule. Details of the hearings will be published when the arrangements have been finalised.
Committee statement on submissions
This inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is receiving a lot of interest from the Australian community. The committee has therefore re-opened the submission period for the inquiry.
The committee has not set a due date for submissions and has decided it will consider submissions provided throughout the inquiry. Submissions can be sent using the Senate’s online submission system or they can be emailed to the committee.
The committee wishes to assure submitters that each piece of correspondence to the inquiry is being read and considered. The processing of each document is not an automated process and may take some time. Once the committee has made decisions about your document, you will be notified.
The committee welcomes submissions from individuals about their experiences in relation to the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, please note that the committee does not have the ability to advise on, advocate for, or take action relating to individual cases.
All documents sent to the inquiry become committee documents on receipt, and are only made public following a decision of the committee.
Please note that the committee has decided not to publish submissions comprising short or general statements, but has noted the concerns and issues raised in them.
The committee may not accept or publish material that is not relevant to the inquiry’s terms of reference or which reflects adversely on others.