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) | (Word).

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 established a compliance and enforcement framework which is summarised here: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Directions - Compliance and enforcement framework for the issue of infringement notices (PDF).

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.






Year and No

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration 2020 (No 1)

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2021 (No 1)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 119

From 16 March 2020 until Public Health Emergency Declaration ends.

Extended until 17 May 2021



Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 9)

Standing Exemption - Travellers from New Zealand

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11.59pm on 24 December 2020 until Public Emergency ends.


Public Health (Self-Isolation) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 9am on 9 October 2020 until Public Emergency ends.


Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 2)

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11.59pm on 7 February 2021 until Public Emergency ends.


Public Health (Mandatory Face Masks – Canberra Airport and Domestic Flights) Emergency Direction 2021

In Force

Notifiable instruments

s 120

From 11:59pm on 22 January 2021 until Public Emergency ends.

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2021 (No. 3)In ForceNotifiable instrumentss 120

From 9 am on 14 April 2021 until the Public Emergency ends.


Public Health (COVID-19 Affected Areas) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 7) 

Public Health (COVID-19 Areas of Concern) Notice 2021 (No 36)

In ForceNotifiable instrumentss 120From 5 pm on 25 April 2021 until the Public Emergency ends.NI2021-244
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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: May 13 2021