What we're doing about COVID-19

Find out how we're responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and who we're working with to limit the spread of the virus and protect everyone in Australia.

We work with the health and aged care sectors to ensure there are enough tests and treatments, including oral antiviral treatments.

Providing access to oral COVID-19 antiviral treatments

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved:  

  • Lagevrio (molnupiravir)  

  • Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir + ritonavir). 

We worked with peak bodies to ensure these medications were:

  • listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • available to the public from pharmacies, with a prescription
  • available in Prescriber Bags for emergency use
  • preplaced in residential aged care homes.

Read more about oral treatments. 

Providing COVID-19 tests to those at risk

Rapid Antigen Tests are an important, easy to access test for detecting COVID-19. We are ensuring these tests are delivered to those that need them the most, including:

  • residential aged care homes, for screening residents, staff and visitors
  • Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health services
  • people in supported independent living services (support that enables people to live in their own home).


We work to ensure that everyone in Australia has access to free vaccines. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.

Providing mental health, financial and healthcare support

The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians in many ways.

Mental health support

The Australian Government’s Head to health initiative provides:

  • easy to access mental health advice

  • free or low-cost phone and online counselling

  • treatment and crisis support.

You can find mental health service providers on the health Service Finder.

If you need help right now, it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in Australia:

In an emergency, call 000.

Financial support

The Disability Worker COVID-19 Leave Grant replaces the High Risk Setting Pandemic Payment. It provides National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers grant funding to support eligible workers who:

  • deliver close personal support to NDIS participants
  • contract COVID-19
  • have no or insufficient sick leave.

The funding provides support towards the costs associated with hours of work lost between 1 April 2023 and 31 December 2023.

Your state or territory government may have other support available:

Healthcare support

We work closely with the healthcare providers, including the aged care and disability care sector, as well as state and territory governments to ensure supply of: 

  • workers
  • tests
  • treatments
  • vaccines.

For more information see:

COVID-19 reporting

We work with state and territory governments and health providers to capture data and streamline COVID-19 reporting into a single resource.

See the COVID-19 case numbers, vaccination rates and statistics for Australia.

Working together with states and territories

We work with state and territory governments to:

  • share information so they can provide the best possible care

  • ensure the whole of government response is consistent and united across the country.

Our whole of government response aims to:

  • minimise the number of people becoming infected or sick with COVID-19
  • minimise how sick people become and the mortality rate
  • manage the demand on our health systems
  • help you to manage your own risk and the risk to your family and community
  • make COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone in Australia.

Working with our experts

The Australian Government put together a team of widely respected clinicians to assist with the COVID-19 response. Led by Professor Paul Kelly, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, our medical experts are:

Our expert committees are the:

Our policies and procedures

We implemented a range of funding measures and plans to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. We created plans specific to sectors, such as aged care, to ensure they catered to all Australians.

Learn about the frameworks and policies the Australian Government put in place to help combat COVID-19.

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