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The SAS Group will provide daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, including updates on Government and Department of Health announcements, travel and flight bans, and general media.

Since last week’s announcements, the Federal Government has updated coronavirus measures for religious services, Easter holidays, commercial tenancies, childcare & education and local Government, and has also created a new visa extending the stay of critical seasonal workers within the agriculture sector.

The Department of Health has announced a $1.5 million investment to support clinical management of COVID-19, and the Minister for Health published three transcripts for his interviews with various media outlets on the virus. The Department has also announced an immediate response plan to ensure the well-being of Australians with disabilities are considered during the pandemic.

In general news, the RNA Chief Executive announced today that this year’s Ekka has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

6 April 2020 

Ekka 2020 cancelled as coronavirus pandemic continues to affect major events across QLD
Courier Mail

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou announced today the cancellation of the show in the interest of public health.

Ekka fans will instead have to wait until next year to get their rides and showbags fix.       

More information here.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP’s interviews with various news outlets on COVID-19
Department of Health 

Transcript for interview with Sky News.

Transcript for interview with KIIS 101.1.

Transcript for interview with 60 Minutes.

4 April 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT: $1.5 million to support clinical management of COVID-19
Department of Health

The Australian Government are investing $1.5 million to support guidance for clinicians to ensure they are given the best possible advice on managing COVID-19 patients.

The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce will receive $1.5 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to deliver ‘living guidelines’ on the clinical management of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection across primary, acute and critical care settings.

More information here.

MEDIA STATEMENT: New visa to support Australian farmers
Federal Government

The Morrison Government has created a new visa extending the stay of critical seasonal workers to ensure the agricultural sector has the labour force it needs.

Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme workers will have visa conditions relaxed and be given an option to extend their stay for up to one year.

More information here.

3 April 2020 (NEW) 

MEDIA STATEMENT: Update on coronavirus measures
Federal Government

Australian governments met last week as the National Cabinet to take further action to slow the spread of coronavirus to save lives, and to save livelihoods.

The Government updated measures on:

  • Religious services
  • Easter holidays
  • Commercial tenancies
  • Childcare and education
  • Local Governments

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Immediate response plan to focus on people with disability during coronavirus
Department of Health

The Government is committed to ensuring the well-being of Australians with disability are considered as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds.

As such, an advisory group has been established by the Morrison Government to guide development and implementation of a response plan focusing on the unique health needs of people with disability during the coronavirus pandemic.

More information here.


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