AHPPC statements

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) publish statements that provide advice on the coronavirus pandemic.

General statements

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 20 October – End of COVID-19 emergency response
  • 25 August 2023 – Advice to support safe cruising
  • 8 September 2022 – Statement on reduced isolation period for COVID-19 cases
  • 8 July 2022 – Statement on COVID-19 winter update and ongoing health protection measures to support our community 
  • 14 June 2022 – Statement on the Removal of Mask Mandates in Airports
  • 23 May 2022 – Statement on national principles for modified quarantine
  • 31 March 2022 – Statement on winter season preparedness
  • 20 January 2022 – Statement on rapid antigen testing for current high community prevalence environment
  • 30 December 2021 – Statement on testing, tracing, isolating and quarantining in high levels of COVID-19 community transmission
  • 7 December 2021 – Statement on national principles for end-to-end best practice managed quarantine arrangements for international travellers
  • 15 November 2021 – Statement on the role of face masks to protect individuals and the community from COVID-19
  • 12 October 2021 – Statement on recommendations for managing COVID-19 health risks
  • 1 October 2021 – Statement on on the role of ventilation in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19
  • 4 November 2020 – Statement on very high risk social environments
  • 3 September 2020 – Statement on the Infection Control Expert Group
  • 29 May 2020 – Statement on tobacco use, e-cigarette use and COVID-19

Historical/archived statements

These statements have been superseded and no longer reflect current AHPPC advice.

  • 16 March 2022 – Mandating vaccination for disability support workers
  • 15 February 2022 – Mandating booster vaccination for residential aged care workers
  • 10 January 2022 – AHPPC interim guidance on permissions and restrictions for workers in food and grocery supply
  • 10 November 2021 – Statement on mandatory vaccination for disability support workers
  • 10 November 2021 – Statement on mandatory vaccination of aged care in-home and community aged care workers

  • 22 December 2021 – Statement on the Omicron public health implications and response options
  • 15 November 2021 – Statement on COVID-19, schools and early childhood education and care
  • 1 October 2021 – Statement on COVID-19, schools and reopening Australia
  • 1 October 2021 – Statement on mandatory vaccination of all workers in health care settings
  • 1 October 2021 – Statement on visitation in residential aged care facilities
  • 2 September 2021 – Statement on National Principles for Managed Quarantine
  • 26 July 2021 – Statement on minimising the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools
  • 9 July 2021 – Statement on public health management of persons fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2
  • 9 July 2021 – Statement on vaccination arrangements for workers in mobile workforce
  • 9 July 2021 – Statement on National Principles for Infection Prevention and Control in Quarantine
  • 9 July 2021 – Statement on mandating vaccination among residential disability support workers
  • 7 July 2021 – Statement on National Principles for Managed Quarantine
  • 7 July 2021 – Statement on testing travellers once they leave managed quarantine
  • 29 June 2021 – Statement on residential aged care worker COVID-19 vaccination
  • 29 June 2021 – Statement on vaccinating and testing quarantine workers
  • 29 June 2021 – Statement on minimising the risk of transmission from high risk international travellers in managed quarantine facilities
  • 7 June 2021 – Statement on national principles for managed quarantine
  • 4 June 2021 – Statement on COVID-19 vaccination requirements for aged care workers
  • 14 April 2021 – Statement on continuous learning in managed quarantine for international arrivals
  • 3 February 2021 – Updated statement on minimising the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools
  • 23 January 2021 – Statement on COVID-19 and influenza vaccination requirements for aged care workers
  • 8 January 2021 – Statement on wearing masks on domestic flights
  • 8 January 2021 – Statement on management of COVID-19 variants
  • 8 January 2021 – Statement on safe air travel
  • 24 December 2020 – Statement on Australia’s National Hotel Quarantine Principles
  • 24 December 2020 – Statement on mandatory quarantine for aircrew who are not local residents
  • 22 December 2020 – Statement on new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19
  • 17 November 2020 – Statement on COVID-19: Routine Testing of Hotel Quarantine Workers
  • 18 September 2020 – Statement on boarding students and students living in border zones
  • 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 hotel quarantine
  • 26 June 2020  – Statement on the review of physical distancing and person density restrictions
  • 26 June 2020 – Statement on the safe return of crowds to stadiums, arenas and large theatres
  • 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
  • 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 – Statement on the use of PPE in hospital with patients with COVID-19
  • 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 recommencement of kidney transplantation
  • 24 April 2020 – Updated advice regarding schools
  • 23 April 2020 – Statement on restoration of elective surgery
  • 21 April 2020 – Advice for residential aged care facilities
  • 16 April 2020 – Statement on next phase of modelling
  • 16 April 2020 – Advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools
  • 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
  • 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 – Special provisions for vulnerable people in the workplace
  • 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
  • 17 March 2020 – Education sector, residential aged care facilities, community sport, ANZAC Day ceremonies and events, and bulk purchase of supplies
  • 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
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