State & LGA Government Responses
Response to COVID-19 at a State and Local Level
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison formed the National Cabinet to formulate and coordinate a national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Cabinet comprises the Prime Minister and all state and territory leaders. They meet several time each week via teleconference to discuss what new measures and support schemes need to be rolled out.
In addition to the large scale support implemented by the Federal Government, individual states and territories are continually announcing initiatives to support key sectors, individuals and businesses in their state.
While these are very lengthy and being expanded on a regular basis, we’ve compiled a list of key highlights:-
Local Government Initiatives
Many local governments are implementing support schemes to cover their jurisdictional areas of responsibility. These include waiving some council charges and other measures.
Of particular importance in some areas has been local councils easing rules around travel of trucks in residential areas at night to allow faster access of food supplies to supermarkets after panic-buying left shelves empty of essential products.
The whole of government support for both individuals and business has been on a massive scale. Some measures have been time-limited but it is generally acknowledged that the length, depth and intensity of this crisis is an unknown factor and additional measures will be required as new needs arise.