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The 2022 Federal Election

The 2022 election was held and Hon Anthony Albanese MP has been sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.

  • New oral treatments for COVID-19 are now available

    While vaccination against COVID-19 is our first and best defence, some people are at higher risk of becoming very unwell if they catch COVID-19.

    There are new, lifesaving treatments available for people at high risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19. But timing is critical. They need to be started as soon as possible after developing symptoms.

    For people over 65 and others with certain underlying medical conditions, these treatments can help lessen symptoms and reduce the risk of hospitalisation and severe illness.

    The key advantage is these are tablets or capsules and can be taken at home but eligible people need a prescription from a general practitioner to access them.

    They are available from pharmacies so if you are at risk and you test positive for COVID-19, talk to your doctor as quickly as possible about a prescription. Or plan ahead and talk to your doctor about how to best manage COVID-19 should you catch it.

    For more information on eligibility for COVID-19 treatments visit the Department of Health website.

Getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations

Key updates

Up-to-date coronavirus alerts and news. 

State and Territory information

If you are planning to travel, make sure you stay up to date with state and territory information below. 

You can also check restrictions in all states and territories using the COVID-19 Restriction Checker.