Role

The AHPPC has an ongoing role to advise the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) on health protection matters and national priorities.

AHPPC is also tasked with the role of mitigating emerging health threats related to infectious diseases, the environment as well as natural and human made disasters.

The Committee works with states and territories to develop and adopt national health protection policies, guidelines, standards and alignment of plans.

AHPPC oversees 5 standing committees and one advisory group:

Members

AHPPC is comprised of all state and territory Chief Health Officers and is chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer.  

Contacts for the Chief Health Officers can be found on each state and territory's websites.

Statements

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 18 September 2020 – Statement on boarding students and students living in border zones

  • 3 September 2020 – Statement on the Infection Control Expert Group
  • 2 September 2020 – Statement on very high risk environments
  • 22 August 2020 – Statement on the national COVID-19 response for residential aged care facilities
  • 21 August 2020 – Updated statement on the role of asymptomatic testing
  • 3 August 2020 – Statement expressing support for additional measures to improve the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria
  • 24 July 2020 – Statement on strategic direction
  • 20 July 2020 – Recommendations for the resumption of community sport
  • 13 July 2020 – Statement on review of hotel quarantine arrangements
  • 6 July 2020 – Statement on recommendations for managing of health risk as COVID-19 measures lift
  • 26 June 2020 – Statement on the safe return of crowds to stadiums, arenas and large theatres
  • 26 June 2020  – Statement on hotel quarantine
  • 26 June 2020  –  Statement on the review of physical distancing and person density restrictions
  • 21 June 2020 –  Statement on recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in Victoria
  • 19 June 2020 – Statement to update residential aged care facilities about minimising the impact of COVID-19
  • 17 June 2020 – Statement on risk management for boarding schools and school‑based residential colleges
  • 17 June 2020 – Statement on preliminary media reports of the results of a randomised trial of the use of dexamethasone
  • 11 June 2020 – Statement on positive coronavirus test in person who attended protest in Victoria
  • 5 June 2020 – Statement on on large gatherings and the need for continued caution 
  • 29 May 2020 – Statement on tobacco use, e-cigarette use and COVID-19
  • 25 May 2020 – Statement on early childhood and learning centres
  • 15 May 2020 – Statement on restoration of elective surgery and hospital activity 
  • 14 May 2020 – Statement on the utility of testing for COVID-19 to reduce the requirement for 14 days of quarantine
  • 14 May 2020 – Statement on Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome
  • 14 May 2020 – Statement on the role of asymptomatic testing
  • 5 May 2020 – Statement on the resumption of sport and recreation activities
  • 1 May 2020 – Statement on risk management for re-opening boarding schools and school-based residential colleges
  • 24 April 2020 – Advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools (supersedes advice from 16 April 2020)
  • 24 April 2020 – Statement on the use of PPE in hospital with patients with COVID-19
  • 24 April 2020 – Updated advice regarding schools
  • 21 April 2020 – Advice for residential aged care facilities
  • 16 April 2020 – Statement on next phase of modelling
  • 9 April 2020 – Statement about management of health risks for Australian crew on international flights
  • 7 April 2020 – Advice on off-label medicines for treatment and prophylaxis of COVID-19
  • 7 April 2020 – Statement on rapid point of care lateral flow devices to detect antibodies to SARS-COV-2
  • 30 March 2020 – Special provisions for vulnerable people in the workplace
  • 17 March 2020 – Education sector, residential aged care facilities, community sport, ANZAC Day ceremonies and events, and bulk purchase of supplies

Historical/archived statements

  • 24 April 2020 – Statement on the recommencement of kidney transplantation
  • 23 April 2020 – Statement on restoration of elective surgery
  • 16 April 2020 – Advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools
  • 7 April 2020 – Statement on healthcare worker use of PPE when caring for suspected, or confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • 7 April 2020 – Statement on home isolation
  • 7 April 2020 – Statement on organ donation and transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 3 April 2020 – COVID-19 in children and early childhood and learning centres
  • 30 March 2020 – States and territories may introduce additional measures to control community transmission
  • 25 March 2020 – School immunisation programs and dental services
  • 24 March 2020 – Progressive scaling up of social distancing measures
  • 24 March 2020 – Temporary suspension of all non-urgent elective surgery
  • 22 March 2020 – Further short-term social distancing measures
  • 21 March 2020 – Revised criteria for release from isolation
  • 18 March 2020 – Early learning and childcare; public gatherings
  • 18 March 2020 – Travel restrictions
  • 13 March 2020 – Public gatherings and testing
  • 12 March 2020 – Testing and work restriction for health and aged care workers
  • 11 March 2020 – Maintain border measures and travel restrictions
  • 8 March 2020 – Public events, release of personal information of COVID-19 patients and their close contacts
  • 4 March 2020 – International travellers and the risk of COVID-19 importation
  • 29 February 2020 – Travellers from Iran and the risk of COVID-19 importation
  • 26 February 2020 – Maintain travel restrictions, quarantine measures and surveillance
  • 24 February 2020 – International developments, situation in Australia
  • 19 February 2020 – Travel restrictions
  • 13 February 2020 – Travel restrictions and potential exemptions
  • 5 February 2020 – Community response
  • 1 February 2020 – Expanded case definition, travel advisory, self-isolation for travellers from China, border measures
  • 29 January 2020 – Self-isolation for close contacts of confirmed cases, and travellers from Hubei

Coronavirus hotline

National Coronavirus Helpline

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19) or help with the COVIDSafe app. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Last updated: 
20 September 2020