Latest advice

The latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia is available at www.australia.gov.au.

 

JobKeeper payment

The Morrison Government has announced a JobKeeper payment to provide a wage subsidy to about 6 million workers who will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.

The payment is open to eligible businesses that receive a significant financial hit caused by the coronavirus.

Businesses can register with the ATO for the scheme here.

Fact sheets with additional information can be found here:

 

 

Current health advice

You must stay at home unless you are going to:

  • work and education, where you can’t work remotely
  • shop for food and essentials
  • medical needs or the care of others
  • exercise

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.

Further information is available here

All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. Further information is available here

Further medical advice can be found here.  

Restrictions applying to some medicines can be found here

 

 

Government restrictions on businesses and borders

Business restrictions

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 and funerals.

Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

To view the nationwide restrictions and exceptions click here (as of 9am AEDT, Monday 30 March 2020).

 
Border restrictions

Federal travel restrictions

All travellers arriving in Australia are required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.

For further information, please see the website.

A ‘do not travel’ ban is also in place on Australians travelling overseas.

Exemptions may apply to limited range of travellers. Further information is available here.

 

State travel restrictions

Queensland’s border restrictions are available here

Northern Territory border restrictions are available here

Western Australia border restrictions are available here.

Tasmanian border restrictions are available here.

South Australian border restrictions are available here.

 

 

Useful government resources

Australia.gov.au

The Australian Government has established a dedicated website to COVID-19 which is being regularly updated with the latest news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia. To view the website click here.

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman has set up a hotline on the coronavirus at 13 13 94. Please select the prompt for the coronavirus hotline.

The Ombudsman has also updated information on their website on specific workplace-related issues including employer obligations. Click here to visit the website

SafeWork Australia

For information about health and safety in the workplace, including legal obligations of employers and employees, click here.

Business support for employers

The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're an employer, learn what your business can get and where to go for help by clicking here.

The Australian Government Department of Health

For the latest information and advice about coronavirus including daily case and situation updates, click here

Alternatively, if you are concerned, you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline which operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

State and Territory Government information

For local coronavirus response activities and advice:

Australia Capital Territory

Queensland

New South Wales

Northern Territory

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

Comcare

Visit Comcare for Australian Government employees and for employees of organisations which self-insure under the scheme.

Department of Home Affairs

For the latest information on travel restriction, click here.

Cyber security essentials

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has listed consideration incorporating proactive strategies for workplaces to take to ensure sound cyber security practices. For more information click here.