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.

We are monitoring the unfolding situation in Australia concerning the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). It has been declared a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance. We will update this alert with the latest medical advice and official reports.
Find information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, how to protect yourself and your family, where and when you can get vaccinated, and the current situation in Australia.

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

Latest news

Latest 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.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Newsletter 14 December 2022

What’s new: 2023 COVID-19 Guidance and Supports for Aged Care, Access to the National Medical Stockpile - PPE and RATs and more.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Newsletter 5 December 2022

What’s new: Recording of COVID-19 aged care update webinar, Festive season resources for providers and more.

Latest resources

Latest resources

Outbreak preparedness checklist

This checklist is for residential aged care providers and their staff, and provides reminders on how to prepare and respond to a COVID-19 positive case or outbreak.

First 24 hours – managing COVID-19 in a residential aged care facility

This fact sheet describes the steps you should take in the first 24 hours following the identification of a COVID-19 positive case.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) aged care workforce measures frequently asked questions

This information sheet answers questions about aged care workforce contingency measures (temporary surge workforce support, emergency response teams, and remote locum workforce support) to ensure continuity of aged care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia – A3 poster

This poster provides key differences between each COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia as per the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines.