COVIDSafe app – how does it work?
Watch this short video to find out how the COVIDSafe app works and why it's important to download and use it.
Our path back depends on three critical things before restrictions can ease:
Further increasing testing, to make sure we can identify people who have coronavirus, even if they're not showing symptoms.
More rapid health response teams to quickly stop out-breaks.
And the new COVIDSafe app that lets people know quickly if someone they've had contact with has tested positive for coronavirus.
The government, health workers, and scientists are all playing their part and they need your help.
The more people who download the app, the fewer places the virus will have to hide.
Keeping you, your family and your community safer.
Here's how it works:
Using the same Bluetooth technology that searches if your headphones or car are nearby, your mobile phone securely and anonymously takes note of other app users you come in contact with.
This information is encrypted and stored locally on your phone.
If someone you have been near in the past 21 days later tests positive for coronavirus, health workers can contact you quickly and let you know what steps you will need to take to keep yourself, and those around you safe.
It's a necessary part of the plan to ease restrictions, by making sure can get on top of any out-breaks quickly when we start going about our day-to-day lives again.
The app can be downloaded easily by searching COVIDSafe in your app store or by visiting health.gov.au for more information.
Thank you Australia for helping to stop the spread and save lives.
Authorised by the Chief Medical Officer, Canberra.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps health officials support and protect you, your friends and family.
This video gives you a quick introduction to how the app works.