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First things first

Before we can do the things we want to do, there’s something we all need to do first. 

Book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment now

News and updates

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National Plan to transition Australia's National COVID-19 Response

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.

  • Update from National Cabinet: 17 September

    More than 70% of the Australian population aged 16 years and over have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 45% of Australians aged 16 years and over are now fully vaccinated.

    National Cabinet welcomed the roll out through pharmacies of the Moderna vaccine from next week. Further work is underway to support booster shot roll out, subject to approvals.

    All states and territories agreed to integrate an individuals’ record of COVID-19 immunisation history into state and territory check-in apps. The record of COVID-19 immunisation history will be used within these check-in apps as per requirements under state and territory public health orders.

  • NSW to run home quarantine pilot program

    The 7-day home quarantine pilot program will require participants to have had both doses of a TGA-accredited COVID-19 vaccine. Findings from the four-week trial will inform future quarantine programs.

  • Everyone aged over 12 is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination

    Book your COVID-19 vaccination now. If you are eligible and can’t find a clinic or make a booking that suits you, please check back later. New clinics and appointments are being added all the time.

  • Boosting COVID-19 vaccination support for Indigenous Australians

    Vaccinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be accelerated in 30 priority areas across the country in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), states and territories, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and other Indigenous organisations. 

  • Lockdown restrictions in place for metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

    Stay up to date with restrictions in your area.

  • Lockdown restrictions in place for parts NSW

    Stay up to date with restrictions in your area.

  • Lockdown restrictions in place for the ACT

    Stay up to date with restrictions in your area.

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COVID-19 vaccine information for businesses

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.

Find out more about what businesses can do to support employees at business.gov.au

Key updates

Up-to-date coronavirus alerts and news. 
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Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you need to get tested for COVID-19, you have a few different options. Depending on where you live, you may be able to visit a:
- Pop up testing centre
- GPs office
- Respiratory clinic
- Drive through testing site

Find the testing clinic closest to you

Mental health resources

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

Have a look at the How’s your head today? campaign resources.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination

Everyone over the age of 12 is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the Eligibility Checker or your State or Territory site below to book.