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COVID-19 Human Biosecurity Emergency—Rapid Antigen Test Determination

On Friday 7 January 2022, the Health Minister made the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests) Determination 2022. The Determination prohibits the non-commercial export of Rapid Antigen Test Kits (‘RATs’) out of Australia and prohibits the price-gouging of RAT tests by persons who have purchased the tests in a retail transaction.     Read more...

COVID-19 Human Biosecurity Emergency Declaration—Omicron Response Measures

On 26 November 2021 the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) advised the WHO that a SARS-Cov-2 variant, first detected on 9 November 2021 in South Africa, should be designated as a ‘Variant of Concern’ (VOC) named Omicron. Read more...

In 1913 the Commonwealth quarantined Sydney for 145 days

Commonwealth quarantine legislation, from the original form of the Quarantine Act 1908 through to the current Biosecurity Act 2015, has always included provisions for the Commonwealth to declare movement restrictions, quarantines and other emergency measures.  Read more...

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