Australian Centre for Disease Control

Australian Centre for Disease Control

1 March 2023

Australia is the only OECD country without a CDC-equivalent. The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) is the current peak expert committee for health emergency management in Australia.

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed weaknesses in Australia’s pandemic preparation and response processes. Inconsistent messaging and differing state/territory expert advice led the Australian Government to circumvent existing arrangements to establish a National Cabinet comprising state, territory and federal leaders. While National Cabinet proved an effective tool to respond to urgent public need, its processes were not transparent.

Australian Centre for Disease Control

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