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COVID-19 Legislative response—Human Biosecurity Emergency Declaration—Essential Goods

On 30 March 2020, the Federal Government made use of its human biosecurity emergency powers to prohibit price gouging of personal protection equipment, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes.  Read more...

COVID-19 Legislative response—Human Biosecurity Emergency Declaration Explainer

On 18 March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, the Governor-General declared that a human biosecurity emergency exists. The declaration gives the Minister for Health expansive powers to issue directions and set requirements in order to combat the outbreak. This is the first time these powers under the Biosecurity Act have been used.   Read more...

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