Media event date: 
27 April 2020
Date published: 
6 May 2020
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton is urging people in regional Australia to download the Australian Government’s COVID-19 mobile application to help slow the spread and assist with contact tracing.

Minister Coulton said the voluntary app, ‘COVIDSafe’, is an important public health initiative which will keep families and communities safe from further spread of coronavirus.

“If we want to get ahead of this virus, we need to get on board with downloading this app to protect ourselves and those we love,” Minister Coulton said.

“It is a simple and straightforward process - I downloaded the app yesterday and I encourage everybody else to do the same.

“COVIDSafe will speed up the process of identifying people who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus, quickly stopping further spread of the virus in the community.

“We are doing very well in regional Australia, as we fight against the spread of this virus, and it’s a credit to our efforts adhering to the measures in place to keep us safe – but it’s not over yet.

“Advice from the Chief Medical Officer is that we need the COVIDSafe app as part of the plan to save lives.”

Minister Coulton said users of the app can be reassured that their information will be used appropriately.

“Information provided voluntarily through the app will only be accessible for use by authorised state and territory health officials,” he said.

“Unless and until a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, no contact information collected in the app is disclosed or able to be accessed. Once the person agrees and uploads the data, only the relevant state or territory public health officials will have access to the information.”

The app can be downloaded from app stores.