Emergency health management

Health emergencies include disease outbreaks, natural disasters and mass casualty incidents. Find out what we’re doing to prevent, prepare for and respond to health emergencies.

About emergency health management

Learn about public health emergencies in Australia and the various agencies involved.

Outbreaks and pandemics

Find out how we define outbreaks and pandemics, and plan and prepare to manage them.

Bushfires and floods

Learn about our role in bushfires, floods and other disasters that may affect your health.

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)

Find out about Australia's key decision-making committee for health emergencies.

Public Health Information Hotline

1800 004 599

Call the Public Health Information Hotline in the event of a health emergency or incident affecting the public. You can call between 8:30am and 5pm AEST/AEDT from Monday to Friday.

Emergency management plans

Our collection of emergency management plans cover both domestic and international health emergencies.

View the collection

News

News

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly’s interview on ABC News Breakfast on 29 December 2022.

Read the transcript of Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly’s interview on ABC News Breakfast on COVID-19.

Resources

Resources

ATAGI COVID-19 pandemic statements – March 2021 to November 2023

This document contains compiled statements on COVID-19 vaccines produced by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) between March 2021 and November 2023. It also contains links to guidance documents first developed during this time.