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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.

The National Cabinet met yesterday and announced the recommencement of some surgery procedures from 27 April 2020, that it is not acceptable for residential aged care facilities to ban visits from carers and families, and the one person per four square metres rule does not apply in school classrooms.

The Northern Territory today announced the Legislative Assembly will return for a special session on Friday to respond to the crisis, and in Victoria, new modelling has been released by the Government which shows the devasting impact the coronavirus will have on the state’s economy.

The Government of Western Australia introduced new laws to protect WA businesses, including a six-month moratorium on evictions for businesses, a freeze on rent increases and a code of conduct framework for negotiations.

The Department of Health released more transcripts for the Minister for Health’s interviews on COVID-19.

In general News, The Courier Mail published an article regarding the Queensland Chief Medical Officer advising Queenslander’s that it is safe to visit friends and family, including elderly and people in nursing homes.

22 April 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT: Eviction moratorium and code of conduct to protect WA businesses
Government of Western Australia

New laws introduced by the McGowan Government to establish a six-month moratorium on evictions for certain commercial tenancies in Western Australia and establish a mandatory code of conduct to assist with negotiations between landlords and tenants have now passed the WA Parliament.

Apart from the eviction moratorium which is backdated to March 30, 2020, other elements of the legislation include:

  • A freeze on rent increases;
  • Restriction on penalties for tenants who do not trade or reduce their trading hours;
  • No interest to be charged on rent arrears;
  • The introduction of an enhanced dispute resolution process; and
  • A prohibition on landlords progressing proceedings that occurred after the restrictions were imposed but before these laws come into operation.

More information here.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Statement from the Chief Minister – Coronavirus Legislation
Northern Territory Government

The Legislative Assembly will return for a special session on Friday to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

These are not normal times, this will not be a normal parliament. Remote may attend depending on their circumstances, but they are not required to attend in person.

More information here.

MEDIA STATEMENT: New modelling confirms hit to economy, unemployment spike
Victorian Government

New modelling released by the Victorian Government shows the devastating and unprecedented impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the state’s economy across the rest of the year and into 2021.

More information here.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP’s interview with Sky News on COVID-19
Department of Health

Transcript for interview with Sky News.

Chief medical officer says safe to visit loved ones, including elderly and people in nursing homes
Courier Mail

Queenslanders have been told that visiting loved ones is essential travel, as the Chief Health Officer said people should not have to give up their connections to friends and family for the virus.

More information here.

21 April 2020 (NEW)

MEDIA STATEMENT: Update on coronavirus measures
Federal Government

The National Cabinet met today to take further decisions to save lives, and to save livelihoods, and made announcements on elective surgery, aged care facilities and schools.

More information here.


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