This information is intended for education institutions and international students.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has assessed that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic. The situation in relation to the COVID-19 continues to evolve, and below is the latest update.

The following information is valid as at 09 April 2020. Please click on the links below for the latest updates from Government sources. 

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Latest News and Updates

Early access to superannuation for international students.

The Australian government announced on 4 April that international students who have been in Australia longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation. Students will need to use MyGov for this process, with more information available here

A six-month moratorium has been announced on the eviction of renters. 

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that there is to be a 6 month moratorium on rental evictions, for individuals who are unable to pay rent due to financial stress. This moratorium also includes international students who hold tenancy agreements. Tenants should work with their landlords if they find themselves in financial distress and have open and clear communication regarding their financial circumstances.

Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced an agreement to limit both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only.

Exceptions to this limit include:

  • People of the same household going out or spending time at home together;
  • Funerals - a maximum of 10 people;
  • Wedding - a maximum of 5 people;
  • Family units.

The guidance to all residents in Australia is to stay home unless for:

  • Shopping for what you need - food and necessary supplies;
  • Medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements;
  • Exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements;
  • Work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely.

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announces phase 2 of restrictions on social gatherings and business closures.

What's closed:

  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Indoor and outdoor play centres
  • Community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres
  • Public swimming pools
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres
  • Auction houses
  • Outdoor playgrounds and skate parks
  • Real estate auctions and open house inspections
  • In-store beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours, spa and massage parlours (excluding allied-health-related services, like physiotherapy)
  • Food courts within shopping centres will only be able to sell takeaway. Shopping centres themselves will remain open

What can continue with some restrictions

  • Hairdressers and barber shops can continue, but a customer must not be on the premises longer than 30 minutes
  • Personal training and boot camps are limited to a maximum of 2 people including the trainer
  • Weddings can continue, but only with the couple, the celebrant, and witnesses — totalling a maximum of five people
  • Funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people
  • Outdoor and indoor food markets will be addressed by individual states and territories

What is remaining open

  • Education institutions
  • Public transport
  • Medical and health care facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Food markets
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Shopping centres
  • Office buildings
  • Factories
  • Construction sites
  • Mining sites

Public School Closures

Teachers and education assistants are using the time between 6 - 9 April to complete professional development at school to prepare for Term 2. Children who still need to attend school during this time because of their parents' working situation, can still attend. However, they will be supervised but not taught during this time.

Current Western Australia border restrictions.

The Western Australian border is now being considered a hard border, meaning people will no longer be able to enter Western Australia without an exemption. Exemptions include those who work in emergency services, health workers, logistics. More information can be found here.

Intrastate border restrictions.

There are travel restrictions within WA from region to region.

The areas will be based on the regional development commission boundaries except for a combined Perth and Peel area. The remaining regions in WA are the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West, Goldfields-Esperance, South West and Great Southern. 

Residents will not be barred from leaving their regions for essential travel, but police will be able to issue fines for anyone who breaks the rules.

Current national and international travel restrictions.

Australia has introduced strict measures aimed at protecting Australians and visitors to our country from COVID-19. Australia has closed its borders to all travellers coming to Australia (with the exception of Australian residents and citizens; New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia; and immediate family members of Australian permanent residents and citizens). 

Australian citizens and residents will be required to isolate for 14 days in a hotel from the date of their arrival. For details, visit the Australian Border Force website.

A ban has been put into place for Australians trying to leave the country with a complete ban, with only a few exceptions, including Australians who ordinarily live overseas, compassionate grounds, and some exempt aid work. Foreign nationals who wish to return home can currently do so where there are commercial flights available.

Government launches national COVID-19 campaign

The Federal Government launched a national campaign to inform all Australians about COVID-19. The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by enabling them to make informed decisions and to take up health recommendations. You can access the campaign materials here.

Global cases exceed 1,514,000

As of 09 April 2020 over 1,514,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, including 88,444 deaths. Initially the majority of cases were reported from mainland China, but currently the countries with the most reported cases also include USA, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Iran.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia

As of 09 April, there have now been a total of 6,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including the 51 deaths (six from WA, four from QLD, three from SA, three from TAS, two in ACT, 12 from VIC and 21 from NSW) and 2,813 recoveries. 

Helpful Resources

Department of Home Affairs | Latest COVID-19 Updates

Department of Health | Up to Date COVID-19 Health Alert 

Department of Education, Skills and Employment | Latest COVID-19 Updates

Australian Government | Fact Sheets in Simplified Chinese

Government of Western Australia | When and How to Use a Face Mask

Healthy WA | Novel Coronavirus Symptoms and Advice

Home Affairs | Information for Student Visa Holders

Study in Australia | Latest Information for Students and Agents

Study in Australia | Australian Education Response Information

Lygon Group | Australian University COVID-19 Response Tracker

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