Victorian Quarantine Hub Closure

VIC Premier

With Victoria through the worst of the winter COVID-19 peak, cases trending down and community vaccination rates high, Victoria’s purpose-built quarantine hub at Mickleham will soon cease operations.

This approach is consistent with other purpose-built quarantine facilities around Australia, and means the facility can be considered for other potential uses a few months ahead of schedule, including emergency accommodation ahead of summer.

The Mickleham hub remains an important asset should Victoria need appropriate quarantine facilities in the future to keep Victorians safe from rapidly transmissible diseases.

The Victorian Quarantine Hub was built by the Commonwealth to replace hotels as quarantine sites and has housed 2168 residents since it opened in February, including international travellers, frontline workers and Victorian community members.

Since quarantine requirements for international arrivals were lifted, the Hub has continued to provide accommodation to Victorians needing a place to isolate safely with COVID-19 – a vital service throughout the winter peak.

Now, with community case numbers well down, demand for places at VQH has also fallen.

The Hub will close next week, with staff supported to find and transition to other employment opportunities. A small number will continue working to shut down the site before it is handed back to the Commonwealth, which owns it, on 1 January next year.

COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria will also be wound up, transferring its remaining functions to the Department of Justice and Community Safety. CQV will cease to exist early next year.

As stated by Minister for Police Anthony Carbines

“The Victorian Quarantine Hub has served its purpose in keeping Victorians safe from COVID-19. Its closure is another step in our recovery from the pandemic.”

“Australia needed these facilities before the pandemic first hit – but this important facility now exists as an insurance policy in the event of a future pandemic, or to provide accommodation in emergencies like natural disasters.”

“I thank the staff of CQV for their dedicated work on the pandemic frontline since December 2020.”

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