Position paper

Protecting the health of Australians must remain the nation's number one priority but a smarter, consistent and more predictable approach to restrictions will help reduce the economic and social costs of managing the virus.

Key points:

  • update national hotspot definitions to reflect the Delta strain
  • use consistent definitions to trigger lockdowns
  • lockdowns should be localised to affected areas rather than automatically locking down entire states
  • provide milestones around lockdown stages to remove the day-to-day guessing game around rules and decisions 
  • agree on predictable and consistent national public health orders
  • ensure support for individuals is paid quickly, and is easy to apply for and understand
  • set up national architecture to roll-out an expanded version of NSW’s JobSaver scheme
  • ensure impacted businesses are eligible for administrative relief, including tax deferrals
  • consider extending support for heavily impacted aviation and tourism sectors
  • outline a roadmap to reopening which includes a role for business to speed up the national vaccine roll-out, and
  • provide clear information on the availability, risks and benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine based on the latest medical advice.
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