About the COVID-19 pandemic

Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, how you can help stop its spread, and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest case numbers, official medical advice and information on treatments and vaccines.

Current status

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic on 11 March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic declaration is still active.

Situation in Australia

See our COVID-19 case numbers and the current situation in Australia. 

Latest news

Keep up to date with our COVID-19 news and media or see our COVID-19 resources.


COVID-19 affects different people in different ways, see what symptoms COVID-19 presents

Serious symptoms

Seek urgent medical attention if you have serious symptoms, such as:

  • difficulty breathing
  • blue lips or face
  • pain or pressure in the chest
  • cold and clammy, or pale and mottled, skin
  • fainting or collapsing
  • being confused
  • becoming difficult to wake up
  • little or no urine output
  • coughing up blood

call 000

Protect others and stop the spread

We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

To protect others you must:

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate to stop the virus spreading to other people.

Seeking help

You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information and advice about COVID-19.

Medical help for COVID-19

If you have used the symptom checker and it advises you should seek help or get tested, see how to seek medical help for COVID-19

If you are having a medical emergency call 000.

GP respiratory clinics

Find out if there is a clinic near you and how to register for an appointment:

If there is not yet one in your area, visit healthdirect or your state or territory health department website for more information on fever clinics and other available services.

Vaccines and treatments

Everyone in Australia will be offered a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Australia now has 3 COVID-19 vaccines approved for use – AstraZenecaPfizer and Moderna.

Learn more about:

Advice for people most at risk

See more information and advice for people most at risk.

Support to stay healthy

Our ongoing support during coronavirus (COVID-19) section has advice on how you can stay healthy during COVID-19 restrictions.

Health and aged care sector

Our advice for the health and aged care sector section includes specific advice for health care workers.

We also have a collection of resources for health care professionals.

Government response


Visit australia.gov.au to learn more about COVID-19 support from all of government including financial support and advice for businesses and employees, help for education providers, advice on domestic and international travel and other community services.

How we are managing the outbreak

The Prime Minister has activated the Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To find out how the Australian Government is managing COVID-19, go to Government response to the outbreak.


Check our collections of resources and translated resources for more information about COVID-19.

Last updated: 
6 January 2022

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