First things first
Before we can do the things we want to do, there’s something we all need to do first.
Opening back up in a careful and safe way is the highest priority of the Australian Government.
The modelling from the Doherty Institute has given Australia a clear path and targets for how to do that.
The targets in the National Plan were agreed by all the States and Territories at National Cabinet on 6 August 2021.
Australians who are severely immunocompromised will be offered the option to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to boost their protection against COVID-19.
National Cabinet was briefed on plans to increase vaccination rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living with disabilities.
Following travel announcements earlier today, the Commonwealth will introduce an International COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate for outbound travellers to present at foreign borders and at the Australian border.
Under Phase C of the National Plan, international travel is on track to reopen to fully vaccinated Australian travellers by November. States and territories will begin at different times given varying vaccination rates.
States and territories that are ready to do so will roll out 7-day home quarantine for Australian citizens and permanent residents fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use in Australia or ‘recognised’ by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and 14-day managed quarantine for anyone not vaccinated or vaccinated with a vaccine not approved or recognised by the TGA.
Australians who want to travel overseas once restrictions are removed will be able to access an internationally recognised proof of vaccination document in the coming weeks to prove their vaccination status abroad.
You can get a COVID-19 digital certificate or your immunisation history statement to show proof of your vaccinations.
How you get proof depends on your situation. This includes if you need to create a myGov account, link services or enrol in Medicare.
Businesses and organisations play a vital role in the success of Australia reaching its COVID-19 vaccination targets, limiting restrictions and getting back to normal.
There is a lot businesses can do to support employees with making the choice to be vaccinated.
It’s especially important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus.
Find useful information and resources on the Head to Health website.
For personal crisis and mental health support you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 44 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 358 at any time.
You can also check emergency support and assistance.