The audit would assess the effectiveness of the National COVID-19 Commission (the Commission) in coordinating advice to the Australian Government on economic recovery.

The Commission was established in March 2020 to coordinate advice to the government on actions to anticipate and mitigate the economic and social impacts of the pandemic. The Commission's functions are to:

  • mobilise whole-of-economy effort to ensure the economic and social impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic are anticipated and mitigated;
  • assist the government to ensure all resources are marshalled in a coordinated and effective manner; and
  • drive the development and co-ordination of staged and proportionate plans on critical, non-health factors.

The Commission comprises 13 representatives from across the public and private sectors and is supported by staff from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The audit would examine how the Commission is fulfilling its terms of reference, including coordinating relevant advice to government, and transparency of board appointments and the activities of the board, including management of conflicts of interest.

On 9 July 2020, Senator Rachel Siewert wrote to the Auditor-General requesting an examination of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.