Social Distancing

All Australians are required to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside. Australians are permitted to go outside for the essentials, such as:

  • shopping for food
  • exercising – in a public space such as a park, limited to no more than 10 people
  • going out for medical needs
  • providing care or support to another individual in a place other than your home
  • going to work if you cannot work from home
  • Australians are encouraged to work from home where they can.

Visits to your house should be kept to a minimum, with a very small number of guests. Extended family gatherings, barbeques, birthday parties and house parties are not permitted

You should also practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser, and
  • avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

You can start a range of social distancing and low cost hygiene actions now.

These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in our communities – and you can use them every day – in your home, workplace, school and while out in public.

Compliance to Health Advice

If you don’t comply with directions to self-isolate, you can receive a $1,000 on-the-spot fine as an individual or $5,000 as an organisation. Police officers will also no longer require a warrant to arrest an individual breaching a public health order.
Report anyone who doesn’t comply with public health advice to Crime Stoppers online at