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Explainer: what is a ‘state of disaster’ and what powers does it confer?

A “state of disaster” has been declared for the whole of Victoria from 6pm, Sunday August 2, for a month.

How is this different from the existing “state of emergency” and what powers does it give the Andrews government?

  • Anne Twomey
  • The Conversation

What is the difference between a state of emergency and a state of disaster?

Victoria has been in a state of emergency since March 16 2020.

This is a declaration that is made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, where there is a serious risk to public health.

The Act confers wide-ranging powers on the Chief Health Officer. These include the power to…

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