The Prime Minister announced the establishment of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on March 25, 2020. The role of the commission is to coordinate advice to the Prime Minister and the Australian Government on actions to anticipate and mitigate the economic and social impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The commission is working across business-to-business and business-to-government networks to unlock resources, break through bottlenecks and fix problems so Australian businesses and communities are supported in the months ahead.
The commission is being led by Mr Neville Power and supported by an Executive Board of Directors drawn from across the business and not-for-profit sectors. I would encourage you to visit the Commission’s website, www.pmc.gov.au/nccc to learn more about its members and to stay up to date with the commission’s work. Since its establishment, the NCCC (through its Chair, Nev Power and Commissioners) has engaged with well over a thousand stakeholders, including hundreds of small businesses.
The commission has been talking both directly to small businesses and through peaks such as Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), to hear how they are responding to COVID-19 restrictions and what help small business needs to best contribute to Australia’s economic recovery.
Further, the government’s Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit (CBLU) is also undertaking significant consultations with the small business sector including:
- attending, on a weekly basis, COSBOA’s COVID-19 Members and Stakeholders Roundtable to hear firsthand the issues that are being faced by small businesses and feeding them into ongoing policy considerations,
- one on one engagement with the COSBOA and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, and
- regularly meeting with a range of industry associations that primarily represent SMEs such as the National Retail Association, Australian Retailers Association, Australian Hotels Association, Restaurant & Catering Industry Association, Housing Industry Association and a host of others.
The NCCC’s current focus is on providing support to businesses to reopen and to ensure they have COVIDSafe practices in place. Options for the economic recovery are under active consideration and will be provided to government in due course.
The NCCC’s extensive liaison with stakeholders includes individuals and organisations with expertise in renewable energy.
The commission will gather information and advice from a broad range of sources to inform its advice to government. Ultimately, the government will make its own decisions and the NCCC and its working groups are just one part of those considerations.