Centres for National Resilience

The Australian Government is working cooperatively with all states and territories to implement measures to control the spread of COVID‑19 and to maintain a robust quarantine system that keeps all Australians safe.

The Australian Government is partnering with state governments to deliver Centres for National Resilience in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth – purpose-built quarantine facilities that will support overseas travel and ensure the safety of the Australian community. The Australian Government entered into Memoranda of Understanding with Victoria on 4 June 2021, Queensland on 16 August 2021, and Western Australia on 16 August 2021 for delivery of these Centres.

The completion of the first beds at the Centre for National Resilience Melbourne is expected by the end of 2021.

The first beds in Perth and in Brisbane are expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter 2022.

The Australian Government is working in partnership with state governments to deliver these facilities. The Commonwealth will fund the construction of the Centres. State governments will be responsible for the operation and management of the facilities following construction completion and for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should any further proposals from other jurisdictions be received, these will be reviewed against the Australian Government’s Key Assessment Criteria.

FAQs

Why is building these Centres so important?

It is vital that we have access to dedicated accommodation that is designed for quarantine of returning travellers to manage their health risks and help reduce the risk of COVID‑19 in the community.

Careful consideration has been given to the fit-for-purpose design for the Centres, including:

  • facility and site layout
  • customised ventilation design to prevent the risk of air flow between independently occupied rooms
  • covered verandas with purpose-built screens to prevent physical contact between neighbouring residents and separated stairs with landings for resident swabbing and food delivery
  • furniture, fittings, materials and finishes selected based on maximising ease of cleaning and disinfecting
  • purpose-built staff facilities with the ability to keep different staff cohorts separate
  • facilities for on-site health support services (predominantly telehealth, with additional customised facilities for safe in-person primary care if necessary)
  • on-site food, laundry and waste management facilities

Why choose these locations for the Centres?

The Government has publicly released the Key Assessment Criteria that it uses to assess any proposals for purpose-built quarantine facilities provided by state and territory governments seeking Commonwealth support.

Key criteria for selection of preferred locations include:

  • proximity of a site to an international airport taking regularly scheduled international commercial passenger flights and
  • whether a site is sufficiently close (within approximately one hour vehicle transport) to a tertiary hospital, otherwise known as a principal referral hospital.

These criteria help limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 into the community and ensure that appropriate health care and the associated workforce is in close proximity to the Centres.

Why is the Howard Springs facility the model for the quarantine Centre?

The facility at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory has the safest and most functional design for quarantine in Australia. It has not had any cases spread into the community, which is why we are using it as a model, and are building on lessons learnt during its operation to ensure the Centres for National Resilience are state of the art facilities.

In developing the design and planning the operation of the Centres, we have applied key lessons from Howard Springs, including:

  • proximity to an international airport
  • a focus on residents’ mental health and wellbeing to increase compliance with infection prevention and control measures (e.g. access to balconies, catering to individual’s needs where possible, grouping families)
  • ensuring residents are correctly supported from the outset (e.g. dietary requirements, mental health support, medication etc.)
  • family and child-focused accommodation is necessary to support families and children in quarantine (e.g. baths for children, child-friendly spaces)

These lessons have shaped each Centre’s design, will inform operating procedures, and will support a safe and secure quarantine Centre.

How many people will quarantine at the Centre?

The Centres in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland have been planned for an initial capacity of 1,000 beds, with the ability to scale up depending on future quarantine requirements.

What will the quarantine accommodation Centre be used for once the pandemic is over?

Once there is no longer a need for dedicated quarantine accommodation for the COVID-19 response, the Centres will be able to be used for other purposes. The Centres are designed to open possibilities to be used for future public health emergencies, or as crisis accommodation for bushfire-affected communities or other vulnerable Australians. The future use of the facilities will be determined by the Australian Government as the owner of each Centre.

Is there a risk of COVID-19 being spread from the quarantine Centre into the community?

Our motivation for building these quarantine Centres is to keep the community safe from COVID-19. Each Centre is being designed to enable effective infection control through both the site layout and amenities.

The design is fully informed by experts in public health and infection control and is based on the quarantine facility currently operating at Howard Springs, which is widely acknowledged as the safest and most functional design for quarantine in Australia.

Each design includes dedicated on-site amenities for staff and residents, which will support strong infection prevention and control measures by reducing the need for external services and staff to access the Centres.

The designs will include:

  • ventilation systems to ensure that rooms are each provided with a separate constant flow of fresh air
  • cabin-style accommodation with entry and exit points from outdoor decks, so the virus won’t spread through shared corridors
  • four separate and secure blocks which will accommodate up to 250 residents (approximately 60 cabins)
  • on-site services, including catering, laundry and administration, to support operations and limit the movement of goods and materials off site

Will there be additional facilities in other states?

Upon completion there will be facilities in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, as well as the existing facility in the Northern Territory. These four Centres can accommodate returning travellers on different sides of the Australian continent and, following quarantine stays, enable subsequent safe onward travel to other domestic destinations.

The quarantine facilities are suitable for higher risk arrivals. The Commonwealth continues to discuss with the States and Territories further approaches for managing an increasing number of arrivals into Australia over time as vaccination rollouts progress further, including strategies for managing lower risk cohorts.

Centre for National Resilience Melbourne

Where will the Centre be located?

The Centre for National Resilience Melbourne is being built on the southern side of the existing Mickleham Post Entry Quarantine Facility at 135 Donnybrook Road.

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Where can I find out more about the Centre for National Resilience Melbourne?

You can read more details about the Centre for National Resilience Melbourne on the Victorian Government website located here.

My company wants to be involved in the design/construction/project management of the Centre. How can we be involved?

Global construction company Multiplex was appointed by the Department of Finance to deliver the project in Melbourne. Multiplex will engage several construction companies to provide modular buildings for the facility.

Multiplex is utilising the Industry Capability Network for procurements to ensure that local suppliers and service providers are involved in the delivery of these critical facilities

Multiplex will also engage trade services to deliver the project. This will include, but is not limited to, a range of trade services such as civil earth works, services trenching, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, landscaping and fencing amongst others.

Email cfnrmelb@multiplex.global to find out about potential opportunities.

Centre for National Resilience Perth

Where will the Centre be located?

The Centre for National Resilience Perth will be located on Defence-owned land at Bullsbrook, approximately 4.5 kilometres west of the township of Bullsbrook.

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My company wants to be involved in the design/construction/project management of the Centre. How can we be involved?

Global construction company Multiplex was appointed by the Department of Finance to deliver the project in Perth. Multiplex will engage several construction companies to provide modular buildings for the facility.

Multiplex is utilising the Industry Capability Network for procurements to ensure that local suppliers and service providers are involved in the delivery of these critical facilities.

Multiplex will also engage trade services to deliver the project. This will include, but is not limited to, a range of trade services such as civil earth works, services trenching, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, landscaping and fencing amongst others.

Email cfnrperth@multiplex.global to find out about potential opportunities.

Centre for National Resilience Brisbane

Where will the Centre be located?

The Centre for National Resilience Brisbane will be located at the Damascus Barracks in Pinkenba.

Map image is the intellectual property of Esri and is used herein under license. Copyright © 2020 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.

My company wants to be involved in the design/construction/project management of the Centre. How can we be involved?

Global construction company Multiplex was appointed by the Department of Finance to deliver the project in Queensland. Multiplex will engage several construction companies to provide modular buildings for the facility.

Multiplex is utilising the Industry Capability Network for procurements to ensure that local suppliers and service providers are involved in the delivery of these critical facilities.

Multiplex will also engage trade services to deliver the project. This will include, but is not limited to, a range of trade services such as civil earth works, services trenching, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, landscaping and fencing amongst others.

Email cfnrbrisbane@multiplex.global to find out about potential opportunities.

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