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Key coronavirus updates archived by day

This page archives previous updates and announcements published by the date of release.

Friday 22 May 2020

  • Don't be fooled by the misinformation about cures and treatments for COVID-19 circulating on social media. Get your information from trusted sources. For myth-busting and accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19 Australia, view our mythbusting page.

Monday 18 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Saturday 10 May 2020

  • New visitation restrictions for residential aged care facilities have been introduced; Visits should be limited to two people per resident at one time each day, restricted to rooms, outdoor or specific areas designated by providers. 

Friday 8 May 2020

  • national three step plan to relax coronavirus restrictions has been announced, with states and territories to decide when each step will be implemented locally.

Thursday 7 May 2020

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Friday 1 May 2020

  • National Cabinet will consider the first phase of easing coronavirus restrictions on Friday 8 May. Decisions will be based on expert medical advice. Read more in the PM's media statement.
  • National Cabinet has endorsed a pathway for the staged return of community and professional sport. The states and territories will be responsible for implementing the return, taking account of local epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies and public health capability. 

Thursday 30 April 2020

  • Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time. Go to the emergency support and assistance page for information about additional services that can help you.
  • Physical distancing measures are still in place across Australia. However, some states are revising restrictions on public gatherings. Check State and Territory websites for the rules where you live.

Wednesday 29 April 2020

  • No more than two people should be out in public together, with the exception of family and household groups. Check State and Territory websites for further enforcement information.

Sunday 26 April 2020

  • The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps health officials support and protect you, your friends and family. The app is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Friday 24 April 2020

Thursday 23 April 2020

  • Job seekers will be exempt from reporting their mutual obligation requirements up to and including 22 May 2020. Read more about the exemption for job seekers.

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Friday 17 April 2020

Wednesday 15 April 2020

  • A new Higher Education Relief Package will support workers who have been displaced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and who are looking to upskill or retrain. It will also provide funding certainty to higher education providers. 
  • $3 million further funding to support frontline health workers with training and information on the treatment of coronavirus. 
  • The Government has passed legislation for the $130 billion JobKeeper payment to keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the coronavirus. 

Tuesday 7 April 2020

  • The Federal Government has released the modelling behind Australia’s coronavirus response. It shows how the virus could spread through the Australian population under different scenarios but does not predict the future or factually represent Australia’s current position. Early data suggests physical distancing and other measures taken in Australia are slowing the growth in cases to a point where the health system can meet expected demand.
  • The National Cabinet has agreed that states and territories will implement a mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies (PDF 240Kb).

Friday 3 April 2020

  • The Government has launched a new Jobs Hub to help Australians find work during the coronavirus pandemic, advertising the latest vacancies from businesses across Australia. 
  • During the Easter period, places of worship must remain closed to the public. Services will be streamed and only clergy and those formally involved in services or streaming are permitted to attend.
  • The National Cabinet is developing an industry code of practice for commercial tenancies. More information will be provided in the coming days.

Thursday 2 April 2020

  • The Government has announced an Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package that gives families much-needed fee relief while supporting child care services to keep their doors open and employees in their job.
  • Registrations are open for small businesses and other eligible employers to apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Read more about this Government support for trainees and apprentices.

Tuesday 31 March 2020

  • The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper Payment to keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the coronavirus. Learn more about the JobKeeper payment.

Monday 30 March 2020

  • Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of two people. Check State and Territory websites for further enforcement information.
  • Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education.
  • People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.
  • Evictions will be put in hold for six months by the states and territories. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. More information to come this week.
  • If you are in self-isolation because you are confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus (COVID-19), or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, use this COVID-19 form to help us track the spread of the virus. 
  • Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, skateparks, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and outside playgrounds, places of worship and other public places must be closed. There are restrictions on attendance at weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open. Please check your State and Territory websites for full details.

Sunday 29 March 2020

  • A safety net package of $1.1billion has been announced by the Prime Minister to expand mental health and tele-health services, increase domestic violence services and provide more emergency food relief. Read more in the PM's media statement.
  • Stay informed. Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.
  • All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. Read more about returning travellers.
  • Check State or Territory Government websites for social distancing rules in public spaces, gatherings and businesses such as restaurants cinemas, sporting venues, salons and more. 
  • Interstate travellers should return to and stay at home. Check State and Territory websites for specific border restrictions. 

Friday 27 March 2020

  • Grey Nomads and other interstate travellers should return to and stay at home. Check State and Territory websites for specific details on border restrictions for interstate travel.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

  • The Australian Government has begun sending text messages to keep you informed about the national response to COVID-19. Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.
  • Tighter restrictions on weddings, funerals, fitness classes, beauty salons, arcades, play centres and more from 11:59pm, Wednesday 25 March.
  • Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering is to self-isolate for 14 days. See specific State and Territory Government sites for information.
  • JobSeeker Payment claims can be submitted online 24/7. Online service capacity is being increased. 
  • For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to State and Territory education authorities. Learn more about schools during COVID-19.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Sunday 22 March 2020

  • Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos to close from midday Monday 23 March. Restaurants and cafes to offer takeaway only. Schools and supermarkets can remain open. Read more about restrictions on social gathering.
  • From 9pm AEDT Friday 20 March 2020, our borders are closed except for Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members. All arrivals into Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel. Read more about immigration and border arrangements.
  • A second set of economic responses has been announced, bringing the total package to $189 billion to support workers, businesses and broader community in response to the coronavirus. 

Friday 20 March 2020

  • To help stop the spread of coronavirus, stay 1.5 metres away from others where possible, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face and if sick, stay home. Read more about coronavirus health alert.
  • Non-essential mass gatherings are banned for groups of more than 500 people outdoors, or more than 100 indoors.
  • There are restrictions on visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities to protect older Australians. Please check with individual facilities for further information.
  • From 9pm AEDT Friday 20 March 2020, our borders are closed except for Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members. 
  • All arrivals into Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel. Read more about immigration and border arrangements