Australia’s human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 is set to be extended by an additional three months, Greg Hunt, the Minister of Health (pictured) has announced.
This emergency declaration ensures that the Australian Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19.
The emergency period, which has been in place since 18th March, 2020, is now set to cease on 17th March, 2021.
This decision was taken on the back of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advising that the international COVID-19 situation continued to pose an unacceptable public health risk.
The extension affects cruise ship operations, the movements of which are limited until the emergency period is lifted.
The Australian Government said it was working closely with state and territory agencies and the cruise industry, to develop a framework for the staged resumption of cruise ships in a manner that is proportionate to the public health risk.