The program is estimated to cost $377 million to run for a single year, figures in the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Mid-Year Financial Report have revealed.
Hotel quarantine staff and contract holders have continued to be paid, despite the scheme being brought to a halt.
The government has given no indication as to when the hotel quarantine program will resume amid mounting pressure from its federal counterparts.
Victoria’s Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes today said the government would have “more to say” on hotel quarantine in coming weeks.
“I will leave those announcements to the relevant ministers – Danny Pearson, indeed the health minister (Martin Foley),” she said.
“We want people being able to come home and the only way to do that is to have an effective hotel quarantine system.
“The reboot of that system will be the subject of announcements down the track.”