Watch or listen: How governments respond to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has tested local governments in their ability to respond to social and economic threats that have come at them at a fast pace.


While a national government broadly sets the response agenda, provincial and city governments have been required to implement testing models, work with health specialists, support business and ensure the most vulnerable are cared for. This cross conversation on what has been done and what needs to be done further brought in the experiences so far of a city of five million and province of 48.6 million.

We were joined by Sally Capp (Lord Mayor, the City of Melbourne), Ridwan Kamil (Governor, the Province of West Java) and Dr Bima Arya (Mayor, the City of Bogor). The AIC’s Helen Brown, Head of Communications and Outreach, moderated the panel.

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Our panel of expert guests

Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne

Sally Capp began her career as a solicitor, completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne. She held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ and served as CEO for the Committee for Melbourne before becoming the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor of Melbourne in 2018. She currently chairs the city’s Major Projects and Major Events portfolios.

Ridwan Kamil, Governor of the Province of West Java

Ridwan Kamil started his career as an architect, earning a Master of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley and co-founding Urbane Indonesia in 2004. He was elected as Mayor of Bandung in 2013, and was later elected Governor of West Java in 2018.

Dr Bima Arya, Mayor of the City of Bogor

Dr Bima Arya was elected Mayor of Bogor in 2014 and also serves as the Deputy Chairman of Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN). He received a Master of Arts for Development Studies from Monash University in 1998, followed by a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University in 2006.

Moderator: Helen Brown, Head of Communications and Outreach @ The Australia-Indonesia Centre

Helen Brown is a former journalist and ABC Indonesia correspondent. Prior to her role as Head of Communications and Outreach, Helen served as Digital Economy Fellow at The Australia-Indonesia Centre.


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