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COVID-19 All-of-Government Response Group


We provide assurance of national level oversight and coordination of government agencies’ responses to COVID-19. We also deliver a national communications and public engagement campaign — Unite against COVID-19.


Our mission is to mobilise the collective capacity of government to eliminate COVID-19 while sustaining our economy and social cohesion.


On 1 July 2020 the COVID-19 All-of-Government Response Group was established as a business unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

The response to COVID-19 has required a significant effort from across government and will continue to require this coordinated approach for many months to come.

The business unit continues the enduring work of the National Crisis Management Centre following the centre’s deactivation on 30 June 2020. It is mandated to coordinate, and where necessary lead, the All-of-Government response to the ongoing pandemic.

Structure and leadership

The business unit is led by Cheryl Barnes in her role as Deputy Chief Executive, COVID-19 All-of-Government Response Group.

The COVID-19 All-of-Government Response Group consists of three main functions.

Strategy and Policy

This function is led by Nick Brown, Head of Strategy and Policy.

The function:

  • provides advice to Cabinet on the Government’s policy response to COVID-19.
  • coordinates policy across government.

Operations and Planning

This function is led by Graham MacLean, Head of Operations and Planning.

The function:

  • coordinates operational work streams across government
  • provides data analytics, monitoring, reporting, and insights.

Communications and Public Engagement

This function is led by Heather Peacocke, Head of Communications and Public Engagement.

The function:

  • delivers public information through the ‘Unite against COVID-19’ campaign
  • provides operational communications and media support to the business unit.
Last updated: 
Monday, 27 July 2020

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