Coronavirus (COVID-19) essential information

First Nations Guide to COVID-19 Law

Governments have introduced wide-ranging temporary measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities safe. The police have powers to enforce these public health directions.
This may change daily life in Indigenous communities. Restrictions and supports related to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities vary from state to state, so please ensure you read these fact sheets detailing the situation in Western AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaNew South WalesVictoriaQueensland and the Northern Territory to learn more.

Federal, state and territory governments

Australian Government –

COVID-19 vaccination program updates

COVID-19 Vaccination Program – Updated Advice 13 July 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout – Primary Care Update 13 July 2021

COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccine Rollout Provider Bulletin 13 July 2021

COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccine Rollout Provider Bulletin 7 July 2021

Australian Health Protection Plan Principal Committee (AHPPPC) – key decision-making committee for health emergencies comprised of all state and territory Chief Health Officers and chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer:

Australian Capital Territory –

New South Wales –

Northern Territory –

Queensland –

South Australia –

Tasmania –

Victoria –

Western Australia –

Other national organisations and websites

Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet –

Australian Medical Association – COVID-19: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Public Health Association of Australia –

Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE) –

International organisations and websites

Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center –

United Nations –

USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information –

USA National Institutes of Health information –

World Health Organization –

Relevant health research

Medical Journal of Australia –

The Lancet (COVID-19 Resource Centre) –

The Lancet Voice (podcasts about COVID-19 related issues) –

The British Medical Journal –

The New Zealand Medical Journal –

COVID-19 infectious control training

This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Mask advice

Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport.

While a mask can be used as an extra precaution, you must continue to:

  • stay at home if unwell
  • maintain physical distance (more than 1.5m) from other people, when out
  • avoid large gatherings and crowded indoor spaces
  • practise hand and respiratory hygiene
Mask advice from Dr Nick Coatsworth.
How to wear a mask.