Media statement - National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

Media statement - National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

Domestic Policy National COVID-19 Coordination Commission
Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet spokesperson

Media Statement - National COVID-19 Coordination Commissioner

Mr Power’s flights, accommodation and other incidental travel costs are being covered in his role as NCCC Chair—however he is not receiving a salary. 

In developing and executing Mr Power’s contract, the PM&C estimated travel to and from Canberra valued at approximately $6000 per return trip each week, $350 per night for accommodation and incidentals such as food and taxis, and additional extra expenses set to be incurred from other travel once internal border restrictions ease.

It is expected that Mr Power will perform his duties as Chair of the NCCC for a period of approximately 6 months. This equates to $267,345 (plus GST).

The value of each of the Commissioners’ contracts is dependent on the part time arrangements each has entered into with the Department. For Mr Combet, Ms Halton, and Mr Little this is two days per week, the approximate value of each contract is $108,000, paid monthly over the six month period. For Ms Tanna this is one day per week, the approximate value of the contract is $54,000, paid monthly over the six month period. Mr Thodey is not being paid a daily rate, but the Department is meeting his travel expenses.