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Pandemic Influenza
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Australian Government Pandemic Websites

The following are all external links.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) coordinates national preparedness planning in collaboration with State, Territory and local governments and with Commonwealth agencies. In the event of a pandemic it will support the national response, including public communications, through COAG, the National Pandemic Emergency Committee and the Commonwealth Deputy Secretaries' IDC on Influenza Pandemic Prevention and Preparedness. The Pandemic Planning in the Workplace (PDF) aims to assist employers and employees to consider some of the possible effects a human influenza pandemic will have on their workplace, so they can prepare for them.

The Department of Social Services is the lead agency responsible for coordinating Commonwealth Government recovery assistance in response to an influenza pandemic outbreak through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Committee (AGDRC).

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is responsible for coordinating the distribution of public information to overseas posts, Australians overseas, and foreign nationals inside Australia. To help Australians avoid difficulties overseas, the Department maintains travel advisories for more than 160 destinations, and travellers' bulletins that provide the latest news and guidance on general issues of interest to the Australian traveller, including on Avian influenza.

The Department of Agriculture has the lead role in communicating animal and plant related issues such as possible outbreaks and the domestic and border quarantining of animals that may be infected with a contagious virus; coordination of the Primary Industry National Communication Network, and managing public information relating to animal infection issues. In addition, Biosecurity Australia in consultation with the Department of Health is responsible for providing information about screening requirements for incoming passengers crossing Australia’s borders.

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research (DIISR) provides a range of tools and information to help businesses prepare for and respond to a pandemic. The DIISR has developed a Business Continuity Guide and Small Business Kit (this is currently being updated and will be availabe soon online) to help Australian businesses consider what impact a human influenza pandemic might have on their businesses and act to put contingency plans in place.

This information was issued on 15 July, 2014

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