New pandemic legislation will make Victoria the ‘most accountable’ state government

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says the state government has moved to introduce new pandemic legislation which has been modelled on “New Zealand and New South Wales”.

Mr Foley said the legislation will make the Victorian government the “most accountable, transparent, and public health focused system” in Australia.

“Under the updated pandemic management framework, the chief health officer’s public health advice will, in fact, be more central, more transparent and more present in the public debate than ever,” he said.

Mr Foley said decisions will be made “after considering the advice and pandemic circumstances,” and the premier will make a “declaration of pandemic”.

“The declaration can be made initially for four weeks but can be extended for a three month period until the pandemic no longer represents a serious risk to the community,” he said.

“The framework will replace the current system where the state of emergency arrangements are in space and need to be reviewed or extended by the minister every four weeks.”