ACT Public Health Directions

A Public Health Emergency has been declared in the ACT to combat coronavirus (COVID-19).

This provides the Chief Health Officer with additional powers to do whatever is necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce its risk to the health of Canberrans.

In making the Public Health Emergency Directions, the Chief Health Officer has considered the impact on Human Rights (PDF 179KB) | (Word 39KB).

For more information see the signed directions from the Chief Health Officer in accordance with the Public Health Emergency Directions (table below).

The ACT Government has also developed a framework that is sets out the objectives and principles for regulatory activities undertaken to ensure compliance with the public health emergency directions, available here: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Directions – Compliance engagement and enforcement framework (PDF 1MB).

For information about new directions in NSW, please visit the NSW Legislation website.

You can also find information about what you can and can’t do in NSW on the NSW Government’s COVID-19 website.


List of previous COVID-19 Areas of Concern notices

Name

Status

Type

Under

Effective

Year and No

Public Health (Restricted Activities) Emergency Direction 2022 (No 1)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 12:00pm on 8 January 2022 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2022-8

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration 2020 (No 1)


Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2021 (No 4)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 119

From 16 March 2020 until Public Health Emergency Declaration ends.

Extended for 90 days from 12 November 2021 (until 12 February 2022).

NI2020-153

NI2021-668

Returned Travellers Direction (No 1)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11:59pm 7 January 2022 until Public Emergency ends.

NI2022–6

Public Health (Diagnosed People and Household Contacts) Emergency Direction 2022 (No 3)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 6:00pm 13 January until Public Emergency ends.

NI2022–16

Public Health (Health Care and Support Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11:59 pm on 15 October 2021 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2021-613

Public Health (Aged Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 2)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11:59 pm on 11 November 2021 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2021-669

Public Health (Mandatory Face Masks) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 7)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11:59pm on 21 December 2021 until the Public Emergency ends.

NI2021-778

Public Health (COVID-19 Affected Areas) Emergency Direction Revocation 2022

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11:59pm 7 January 2022 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2022–7

Public Health (Check In Requirements) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 4)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s120

From 12:00pm on 15 November 2021 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2021-685

Public Health (ACT School or Early Childhood Education and Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 2)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s120

From 11:59 pm on 3 December 2021 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2021-713

Public Health (Disability and Other Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s120

From 11:59pm on 1 November 2021 until the Public Emergency ends. NI2021-644
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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: January 24 2022