The Guardian: Victoria’s hotel quarantine program revealed to cost $195m

One interesting tidbit of information from the hotel quarantine inquiry interim report is updated information on the cost of the program. It has now cost the state $195m.

We previously thought it was around $130m, but the inquiry found that was how much the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions had spent.

The Department of Health and Human Services had spent $51.288m up to the middle of September, while the Department of Justice and Community Safety had spent $10.9m as of the end of September.

Inquiry chair Jennifer Coate said in the report:

On any measure, the cost of the hotel quarantine program until the end of September 2020 has been considerable. The amount incurred by DJPR alone demonstrates the considerable cost involved in securing hotel rooms, engaging security guards and acquiring specialised cleaning services

Coate has argued the cost alone somewhat justifies moving to a mixed model for hotel quarantine versus home quarantine.

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