Updated: Extension of coronavirus preventative measures - 14 February 2020
Update 14/02/2020

The Commonwealth has announced that the travel restrictions for foreign nationals travelling to Australia from mainland China have been extended for a further week, and will now remain in place until 22 February.


These restrictions will be reviewed in a week’s time.


There are no changes to the existing advice regarding anyone who has returned from mainland China – that parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any child returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China. 


This same advice applies to any impacted staff.


All students, except those in the categories identified by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer as requiring self-isolation, should be attending school.


Please refer to the Department’s coronavirus web page for the latest advice and information, including advice on:

  • templates for communicating with school communities, including translated advice
  • continuity of learning for students who are not attending school
  • international students and families hosting
  • international travel
  • maintaining good health hygiene at school
  • health promotion posters and materials
  • information, resources and contacts related to coronavirus.

Update 01/02/2020
The Department of Health and Human Services is aware of cases of a novel coronavirus, referred to as 2019-nCoV, associated with Hubei Province, including Wuhan City, China.

This virus can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever with a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Cases of this coronavirus have now been reported in some other Chinese provinces and several other countries.

As of 1 February 2020, the case definition for a person suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus has been expanded. Any person who has an acute respiratory infection and has been in mainland China or has had close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the 14 days prior to onset of illness should be tested for the infection.

  • As a precaution, people who have been in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) are advised to self-isolate if they were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, when the risk of human to human transmission across many provinces of mainland China was identified to have significantly increased.
  • If a person who has been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 begins to feel unwell and develop shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during the 14 days since they were last in mainland China, they should seek medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel to mainland China.
  • The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions and has advised that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia. The Australian Government has also recommended that Australians should not travel to mainland China at the current time.

Call the Department of Health and Human Service’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 if you develop these symptoms. This hotline is serviced by Nurse-on-Call.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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