Public Health (COVID-19 Management) Declaration 2022

The ACT has implemented a COVID-19 Management Declaration Framework (the Framework) under Part 6C of the Public Health Act 1997 to help manage the public health risks of COVID-19.

This means moving away from wide-spread Public Health Emergency settings. Instead, the ACT Government has implemented the Framework to allow targeted public health measures to be put in place to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to Canberrans, particularly if they are at higher risk of severe disease.

The Framework allows the following types of Directions to be issued:

  • ACT Chief Health Officer Directions – these can be implemented by the ACT Chief Health Officer to require that COVID-19 testing occur and certain groups of people (e.g., COVID-19 diagnosed persons and household contacts) quarantine or isolate for certain periods of time.
  • Ministerial Directions – these can be implemented by the Minister for Health to require that certain public health social measures be met (e.g., preventing or limiting entry into the ACT, regulating high-risk activities, and requiring that personal protective equipment like face masks be worn in certain circumstances).
  • Vaccination Directions – these can be implemented by the Executive (i.e., the Chief Minister and the Minister for Health) to require that certain groups of people be vaccinated against COVID-19.

See current restrictions to view the current restrictions in place in the ACT.

The Framework was introduced by the ACT Government on 30 September 2022 to manage the ongoing risks presented by COVID-19.

The Framework can initially remain in place for 90 days until 29 December 2022 and be extended for up to 90 days at a time.

ACT Chief Health Officer Advice

While in place, the ACT Chief Health Officer must provide advice to the ACT Government every 30 days on the status of the COVID-19 situation in the ACT. This advice is used to make sure the Framework and any Directions that are introduced remain appropriate and proportionate to managing COVID-19 risks.

ACT Chief Health Officer advice is published below, within 7 days of providing the advice.

Chief Health Officer Advice - COVID-19 Management Declaration

Chief Health Officer Advice – Status of the Public Health (COVID-19 Management) Declaration 2022 and associated COVID-19 Management Directions

Please note: Before 30 September 2022, when the ACT was in a declared Public Health Emergency, the ACT Chief Health Officer provided a 30-day report to ‘Update on the Status of the Public Health Emergency’. These historical reports can be found on the ACT Health website.

Declaration Instrument

Name

Type

Under

Effective

Year and No

Public Health (COVID-19 Management) Declaration 2022

Disallowable instrument

s 118O

30 September 2022 - 29 December 2022

DI2022-224

Under a COVID-19 Management Declaration Framework, the Chief Health Officer can continue to implement the test, trace, isolate and quarantine measures that have formed an essential part of the coordinated ACT COVID-19 response throughout the pandemic.

The Chief Health Officer Direction can remain in place until 29 December 2022 and may be extended for up to 90 days at a time in line with any extension of the COVID-19 Management Declaration.

ACT Chief Health Officer Directions

As at 14 October 2022, the Chief Health Officer Directions requires that people who test positive to COVID-19 using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), register their positive RAT result with ACT Health.

See Public Health (ACT Chief Health Officer) COVID-19 Management Direction (No. 1) for more information.

Declaration Instrument

Name

Type

Under

Effective

Year and No

Revoked - Public Health (Chief Health Officer) COVID-19 Management Direction and Exemption 2022 (No 1)

Notifiable instrument

s 118U and s 118ZD

30 September 2022 - 29 December 2022

NI2022-483

Public Health (Chief Health Officer) COVID-19 Management Direction 2022 (No 1)

Notifiable instrument

s 118U and s 118ZD

14 October 2022 – 29 December 2022

NI2022-512

Human Rights Compatibility Statement

When issuing or extending a direction, the Chief Health Officer must give public notice about how the direction is consistent with human rights.

A link to the Direction’s human rights compatibility statement is provided in the Human Rights Compatibility Statement - Public Health (ACT Chief Health Officer) COVID-19 Management Direction 2022 (No. 1)

Under the COVID-19 Management Framework, the Minister for Health may make directions that:

  • prevent or limit entry into the ACT, or an area in the ACT e.g., border controls, or restricting entry to high-risk settings if you are COVID-19 positive or a household contact
  • regulate public or private gatherings, businesses, activities, or undertakings e.g., implementing density or capacity restrictions for an event, business, or venue
  • require the use of personal protective equipment, e.g., facemasks
  • require the provision of information or the production or keeping of documents e.g., COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

The Ministerial Direction can remain in force until the 29 December 2022 and may be extended for up to 90 days at a time.

ACT Chief Health Officer Advice

When a Ministerial Direction is in place, the Chief Health Officer must provide advice to the Minister for Health every 30 days about whether the direction remains justified. The Minister for Health must consider the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

Chief Health Officer advice is published below within 7 days of providing the advice.

Chief Health Officer Advice - Public Health (Ministerial) COVID-19 Management Direction and Exemption 2022 (No. 2).

Ministerial Directions

As at 14 October 2022, the Ministerial Direction:

  • requires that face masks be worn by persons aged 12 years and older, when:
    • visiting or working in a high-risk setting, or
    • providing disability services to support people living with disability.

Declaration Instrument

Name

Type

Under

Effective

Year and No

Revoked - Public Health (Ministerial) COVID-19 Management Direction and Exemption 2022 (No 1)

Notifiable instrument

s 118R and s 118ZD

30 September 2022 - 29 December 2022

NI2022-478

Public Health (Ministerial) COVID-19 Management Direction and Exemption 2022 (No 2)

Notifiable instrument

S 118R and s118ZD

14 October 2022 – 29 December 2022

NI-2022-510

Human Rights Compatibility Statement

When issuing or extending a Direction, the Minister for Health must give public notice about how the Direction is compatible with human rights.

A link to the Direction’s human rights compatibility statement is provided below:

Human Rights Compatibility Statement - Public Health (Ministerial) COVID-19 Management Direction and Exemption 2022 (No. 2)

The Chief Minister and the Minister for Health may act jointly to make a Direction to require that workers in certain settings meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

There are currently no Vaccination Directions in place.

Please see the Vaccinations webpage to find out about the benefits of vaccination and why it is important to make sure you remain vaccinated against COVID-19.

People affected by these Directions may be able to apply for an exemption on medical, compassionate or other grounds.

See exemptions for more information.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: November 09 2022