Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (1369)
Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September:
My constituency question is for the Minister for Health and relates to the Services Victoria app.
For many months now my constituent has been using QR codes to check in everywhere she goes in my electorate, believing that the purpose of doing so was to ensure that, if she was in the same place as someone who had coronavirus, the government would use that check-in data to let her know.
But having attended exposure sites at Greensborough Plaza and Ms Frankie in Cremorne, she found out the hard way that this was not the case.
She found out the hard way that she had been to a tier 1 exposure site and only knew to stay home and isolate from watching the news and checking the list of sites herself.
The question she asks, quite rightly, is: if the SV app is not linked to alerts, then what is it for? And why can’t it be linked to a text message service?
Given the growing number of infections in multicultural communities and specifically in my electorate, I think this question is more relevant than ever, particularly for members of my community who may find it more difficult to consume English language news, and proactively so.