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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 …

WHO chief optimistic disease will be beaten in 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief says he is optimistic that the coronavirus pandemic will be defeated in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu warned against “narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding” in a new year statement. His comments come two years since the …

Queensland borders will reopen to interstate COVID-19 hotspots from next Monday

Queensland will open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from interstate hotspots on 1:00am, Monday, December 13, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced. With 78.67 per cent of Queenslanders over the age of 16 fully vaccinated, the Premier confirmed the state would open up to hotspots before December 17 as initially planned. From next Monday, double-dosed travellers …