Australia’s government is changing after nine years of the Coalition

Changes of government don’t happen often in Australia – the Coalition has been in power for the last nine years – but the public service has been preparing for this scenario for weeks. The incoming prime minister, Anthony Albanese, was receiving high-level briefings from public service officials on Sunday – and …

Pre-departure COVID test for international travellers to Australia ditched

The federal government is ditching a requirement for overseas travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test before they fly to Australia. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would no longer make it a condition of entry that people had to show they had tested negative for the virus before …

Department of Home Affairs: Ukraine visa support

The Department is supporting Australia’s response to the ​crisis in Ukraine and is progressing visa applications from Ukrainian nationals as a priority, particularly for those with a connection to Australia. Since 23 February 2022, the Department has granted around 4,500, mostly temporary, visas to Ukrainians in Ukraine and hundreds more to Ukrainians …