First COVID-19 vaccinations in Australia

From Monday 22 February 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Australia. The Prime Minister, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, officially launched Australia’s vaccination program on 21 February 2021. The first people to receive the vaccines will be priority groups who are at a higher risk …

Temporary concession for certain Family visa applicants affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions

Some categories of visas require applicants to be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. The Department of Home Affairs is aware that COVID-19 travel restrictions are affecting visa applicants, particularly applicants for family visas who have come to Australia.  The Department is taking disruptions arising from …

Government changes parent visa rules, allowing applicants to stay in Australia

Government changes parent visa rules amid COVID-19 restrictions, allowing applicants to stay in Australia. People who have applied for a parent visa will now be allowed to stay in Australia while their applications are processed, under a temporary change announced by the Federal Government. Under the previous rules, applicants who …

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved in Australia

The TGA has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. (TGA: Therapeutic Goods Administration) The first priority groups in Australia will start receiving a vaccine in February. This registration means Pfizer’s vaccine has met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy, and will be provided for free …

Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official. The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July. Department of Health …

Are you experiencing family and domestic violence?

What is family and domestic violence? Family and domestic violence is not acceptable under any circumstances. Family and domestic violence is any conduct that makes you fear for your or your family’s safety and wellbeing. Physical violence includes any violent behaviour that is directed at you, your family, pets or …

Latest update to Coronavirus Measures – Australia

LATEST NEWS: Updated 21 March 2020 The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met today (20 March 2020) for the National Cabinet and agreed to further actions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chief Medical Officer provided the latest advice on …

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions – Australia

LATEST NEWS: Updated 20 March 2020 Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that Australia is closing its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. “The entry ban takes effect from 9pm AEDT Friday, 20 March 2020, with exemptions only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal …