The Victorian government's public service chief executive has told the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry he was unaware how private security firms became responsible for quarantine enforcement.
"There are a number of core contributors in the emergency management in the issue of securing the hotels that being, an emergency management, Commissioner as the coordinator, DHHS (Department of Human and Health Services) as the controller and Victoria Police as the security experts," he said.
Eccles explained that neither of those departments has access to all the information for COVID-19 emergency response; they collectively form the state control centre.
"I have a strong view that the concept of collective governance where you're bringing together the special skills of different actors to deal with complex problems is an important part of how we operate," he said.
The Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, headed by former judge Jennifer Coate, was initiated in early July and is charged with investigating Victoria's second wave of the COVID-19 virus.
Through genomic sequencing data, over 99 percent of Victoria's virus cases since June can be traced back to strains found at the returnees hotels.
State Premier Daniel Andrews, who has been heavily scrutinised for his strict virus restrictions, fronts the inquiry on Sept. 25 a day after Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.