Australia currently in Phase "A" for its Covid Response

The Australian government has released a high-level four point plan for combatting Covid-19. This blog post is to outline where the country stands today and a few notes as to the actions taking place until 70% of the country has received two shots (or considered fully vaccinated).

Note: Our team's intention is to keep our blog relevant to golf in Australia and not continue to post frequently regarding Covid-19. This is for information as to what the country is doing until "herd immunity" is obtained. The estimate to reach this stage is roughly the end of 2021. At that point Australia will presumably move to "Phase B"

Phase A Measures:

  • Accelerate vaccination rates
    • Australia did not initially vaccinate as quickly as other countries due to lack of supply
    • It does not have the ability to manufacture Pfizer and AstraZeneca is recommended for 60+
    • Currently 1m+ Pfizer doses arrive weekly into the country!
  • Close international borders to keep COVID-19 out
    • Borders will remain closed until the last Phase (likely June/July 2022)
  • Early, stringent and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur
    • Sydney is currently a hotspot and will be in lockdown until September 2021 at a min
  • Minimize cases in the community through effective test, trace and isolate capabilities
  • Implement the national vaccination plan to offer every Australian an opportunity to be vaccinated with the necessary doses of the relevant vaccine as soon as possible;
    • This should be complete by the end of 2021
  • Inbound passenger caps temporarily reduced
  • Domestic travel restrictions directly proportionate to lockdown requirements
  • Commonwealth to facilitate increased commercial flights to increase international repatriations to Darwin for quarantine at the Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs;
  • International Freight Assistance Mechanism extended
    • Routes are kept open to the rest of the world on major airlines for cargo and to return Aussies home from other parts of the world
  • Trial and pilot the introduction of alternative quarantine options, including home quarantine for returning vaccinated travelers;
  • Expand commercial trials for limited entry of student and economic visa holders
  • Recognize and adopt the existing digital Medicare Vaccination Certificate (automatically generated for every vaccination registered on AIR);
  • Establish digital vaccination authentication at international borders;
  • Prepare vaccine booster programme; and
  • Undertake a further review of the national hotel quarantine network