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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.

Tile with the text 'PhaseA: Vaccinate, Prepare and Pilot - continue to strongly suppress the virus for the purpose of minimising community transmission'

Where we are now

Measures may include:
·        Accelerate vaccination rates
·        Close international borders to keep COVID-19 out
·        Early, stringent and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur
·        Minimise cases in the community through effective test, trace and isolate capabilities
·        Inbound passenger caps temporarily reduced
·        Recognise and adopt the existing digital Medicare Vaccination Certificate

Tile with the text This phase is triggered when 70% of adults are fully vaccinated. Phase B: Vaccination Transition Phase: seek to minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and fatalities as a result of COVID-19 with low-level restrictions.

70% fully vaccinated

Measures may include:
·        Minimise cases in the community through ongoing low-level restrictions
·        Lockdowns less likely but possible
·        Ease restrictions on vaccinated residents (TBD)
·        Restore inbound passenger caps at previous levels for unvaccinated returning travellers and larger caps for vaccinated returning travellers
·        Introduce new reduced quarantine arrangements for vaccinated residents

Tile with the text This phase is triggered when 80% of adults are fully vaccinated. Phase C: Vaccination Transition Phase: seek to minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and fatalities as a result of COVID-19 with baseline restrictions.

80% fully vaccinated

Measures may include:
·        Highly targeted lockdowns only
·        Continue vaccine booster programme
·        Exempt vaccinated residents from all domestic restrictions
·        Abolish caps on returning vaccinated Australians
·        Lift all restrictions on outbound travel for vaccinated Australians

Tile with the text 'Phase D: Vaccination Consolidation Phase: Manage COVID-19 consistent with public health management of other infectious diseases.

Managing COVID-19

Measures may include:
·        Open international borders
·        Minimise cases in the community without ongoing restrictions or lockdowns
·        Boosters as necessary
·        Allow uncapped inbound arrivals for all vaccinated persons, without quarantine

Phases are triggered when average vaccination rates are achieved across the nation.