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Guide to whether the Australian government is fulfilling the criteria of 'good government' during the COVID-19 pandemic


COVID-19 Government Information




To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading through international travel, the Government is:

  • applying travel restrictions 
  • screening travellers who arrive in Australia and ensuring they self-isolate on arrival
  • continuing with border surveillance

The Government is also:

  • delivering a $17.6 billion economic support package to encourage investment and keep people in jobs
  • delivering a $2.4 billion health package to protect all Australians
  • providing $669 million to expand Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians so everyone has access to quality healthcare while at home
  • delivering support to Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout of coronavirus
  • providing $74 million to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians
  • funding home delivery of most prescription medicines for those unable to get to their local pharmacy
  • securing face masks to help protect our medical professionals
  • tracing coronavirus cases
  • providing information on our response and how you can protect yourself and others in English and other languages
  • putting limits on some prescription and over the counter medications, to make sure those who need them can access them

State and territory health authorities are:

  • testing people suspected of having the virus
  • monitoring close contacts of confirmed cases every day
  • imposing travel restrictions between states
  • opening fever clinics

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