COVID Review Submissions

The Independent Panel has been asked to review Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a small number of practical, high-impact recommendations on how Australia can become a more resilient nation that is better prepared for future health crises.

Australia has navigated the profound challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic well compared to many countries, but it has had a major impact on our country and our people. Decision makers have had to deal with unprecedented health, social, economic and humanitarian considerations quickly, with essentially no roadmap to guide them.

As we look ahead to a post-COVID-19 world, this is an important moment of opportunity to consider crucial lessons we can learn from the pandemic, so that we are better prepared and more resilient for the next potential crisis.


This is the opportunity to ensure we understand consequences - both intended and unintended - of decisions and actions taken and analyse what worked well and what did not.

We want to hear from you!


The Panel invites you to provide a submission to the Review addressing one or all of the following questions:

  1. What impact did the pandemic have on you and your community?

  2. What worked well, and what didn’t work well, in governments’ policy responses to reduce the impact of the pandemic on you and your community?

  3. What should be done now to better prepare for the next health crisis?

  4. What other issues would you like to raise with the Panel?


Please submit your response below. Please limit your submission to 1,500 words. Submissions will be treated as confidential and will only be referenced in the final report with your written permission.

Applications close on 31 July 2022.

Thanks for submitting!