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Law Council of Australia


National Review of Hotel Quarantine

The submission to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in response to the National Review of Hotel Quarantine (Review), as established by the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (Commission) was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

The Law Council acknowledges that the hotel quarantine measures have been developed in response to an unprecedented public health emergency, and at an extremely challenging time for policy makers at all levels of government. The 14-day quarantine period has been a critical aspect of Australia’s attempts to control the spread of COVID-19, as has the use of hotels to isolate returned overseas travellers.

While mandatory quarantining measures have been responsible for much of the success in Australia’s COVID-19 response, the manner in which hotels have been utilised for this purpose requires holistic consideration, particularly in relation to any actual or perceived issues with human rights, privacy and administrative law. The Review is an important opportunity to undertake this scrutiny.

You can read the full submission below.


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