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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash – Weekly Wrap

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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

26 June 2020


 The National Cabinet met today to further discuss Australia’s current COVID-19 response, easing restrictions in the coming months, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment and getting the economy moving again.


Today, National Cabinet agreed to a new plan for Australia’s Public Health Capacity and COVID-19 to be developed by Australian Health Principal Protection Committee (AHPPC).

This plan will assist State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments to improve long-term sustainability of the public health workforce for the remainder of COVID-19 and beyond through:

  • Strengthening a formal surge plan for the public health response workforce and review the ongoing structure of the public health units;
  • Progressing the national interoperable notifiable disease surveillance system (NINDSS) project and prioritise appropriate interfaces;
  • Establishing a national training program for surge workforce;
  • Better support the Communicable Disease Network of Australia (CDNA), including shared costs;
  • Prioritising enhancing the public health physician workforce capacity; and
  • Considering options for developing a formal public health workforce training program.


National Cabinet endorsed the view that under Step-Three of the Three Step Plan for a COVID-safe Australia, and on the advice of AHPPC, States and Territories can follow a reduced two square-metre rule with their COVID-safe plan in place.


National Cabinet asked AHPPC to develop a roadmap for re-opening arts and entertainment venues, in particular to enable planning for productions to commence.

This will build on the AHPPC Statement on the safe return of crowds to stadiums, arenas and large theatres.

Under this plan the AHPPC advises that in Step Three, seated and ticketed events may take place with crowd limits for example, stadiums with a capacity of up to 40,000 people may operate at 25 per cent seating capacity and stadiums with a capacity of greater than 40,000 people may not have more than 10,000 people.

In later steps, States and Territories may allow all large venues to admit larger crowds provided there is no evidence of community transmission, the event is seated and ticketed, physical distancing and other public health measures are maintained, and all public health risks are managed.



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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia