The Prime Minister announced the establishment of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on 25 March 2020, and its renaming to the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board on 27 July 2020. This name change reflects its strategic advisory role in providing a business perspective to Government on Australia’s economic recovery.
In its new role as an Advisory Board, the Commission will be concentrating its effort on supporting the Government’s plans for Australia’s economic recovery and getting as many people back into jobs as quickly as possible.
The Advisory Board is led by Neville Power and supported by an Executive Board of Directors drawn from across a range of sectors, comprising: Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA, Paul Little AO, Catherine Tanna, David Thodey, Laura Berry, Samantha Hogg, Su McCluskey, Bao Hoang, Mike Hirst and Paul Howes. They are joined by the Secretaries of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Philip Gaetjens, the Department of Home Affairs, Mr Mike Pezzullo, and The Treasury, Dr Steven Kennedy.
The Advisory Board will continue to work closely with government departments on the Government’s agenda as it adapts to meet the challenges of COVID-19 for Australia’s economic recovery.