COVID-19 resources and updates: a quick guide

25 October 2021

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Kelsey Campbell and Dr Emma Vines
Social Policy

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, resources have been produced by parliamentary libraries, the Australian, state and territory governments, as well as non-government organisations tracking government decisions and restrictions. In addition, the Australian, state and territory governments continue to publish updates and media releases on their websites relating to COVID-19. This quick guide brings together many of these resources; however, the changing nature of the pandemic means these continue to be supplemented and revised. The hyperlinks in this quick guide were correct as at October 2021.

Parliamentary Library publications

The Parliamentary Library has produced a number of publications on topics relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. These can be found at the COVID-19 publications and resources page, which continues to be updated.

This includes publications on the legislative basis for government actions (for example, human biosecurity declarations); government announcements; explanations of various forms of government support; the impact of the pandemic on the labour market, and particular population groups such as people with disabilities, the aged, Indigenous Australians and international students; and the impact internationally.

State Parliamentary Library publications

The following resources have been produced by the New South Wales and Victorian parliamentary libraries. This list should not be considered exhaustive as new publications continue to be released, including papers on measures related to the pandemic, such as JobSeeker.

New South Wales


Australian Government resources

State and territory government resources

The resources below focus on providing links to announcements from state and territory leaders, health ministers and health departments related to COVID-19. This is not exhaustive; as additional portfolios may make COVID-19 related announcements, for example, Treasury or small business on economic supports, education ministers on school-related announcements.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  • New South Wales Government COVID-19 website: includes vaccination numbers, latest news, COVID-19 statistics and links to information about rules and restrictions, vaccination bookings and testing.
  • Minister for Health’s media releases: media releases from the Minister for Health by year. Not all statements relate to COVID-19.
  • New South Wales Health media releases: list of media releases by year from NSW Health. Includes daily media releases on COVID-19 statistics, stay-at-home order announcements, public health alerts and other COVID-19 related announcements.
  • Premier and Deputy Premier’s media releases: media releases from the Premier and Deputy Premier, Minister of State, Minister for Digital and Customer Service, and Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation. Search ‘COVID’ to locate relevant announcements.

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

Non-government resources

  • COVID-19: Government assistance programs: published by KPMG, this resource is current as at 20 October 2021 and lists grants from the Australian and state and territory governments to support private, mid-market and family businesses affected by COVID-19.
  • COVID Local: tracks past and current COVID-19 policies internationally, including Australia at the country-wide and state and territory levels. Includes policies on distancing, travel restrictions, relief measures, emergency declarations, contract tracing and testing and support for public health. Australian data can be accessed through the ‘search for location’ option.
  • Grattan Coronavirus Announcements Tracker: Commonwealth and state and territory announcements containing new and total case counters and announcements on borders, health, welfare, spatial distancing, businesses, schools and Indigenous Australians. The tracker was last updated on 4 December 2020.
  • International Monetary Fund—Policy Responses to COVID-19: policy tracker for 197 countries (including Australia) which summarises the key economic responses of government to limit the human and economic impact of COVID-19. The tracker was last updated on 2 July 2021.
  • University of Oxford—COVID-19 Government Response Tracker: directory of policy trackers and surveys related to COVID-19, both of which are searchable by policy area, country and date.


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