Sitemap

H.E. Ruth Caris STEWART, Ambassador of Australia

Australia Managed To Get To A Good Position To Move Forward

Australia’s Department of Health began monitoring the situation already in early January this year and developed a national response plan by mid-February.

In any health emergency, our focus is on ensuring our response is flexible and scalable, so we can respond effectively whatever the situation might be.

Australia has a federal system, so ensuring effective coordination between the Federal Government and states and territories has been vital. It’s actually state and territory governments in Australia who are mainly responsible for health matters.

By using a National Cabinet mechanism, the Prime Minister and leaders of each state and territory meet regularly to discuss challenges and come up with effective, coordinated responses. The leaders come from different sides of the political spectrum, but all have worked very well together.

So far our Government support has been A$320 billion, or about 16.4 per cent of annual GDP

Even when different states or territories have taken different approaches, good communication from leaders has helped people understand why. One state might be dealing with a COVID-19 hotspot or have a larger number of cases. Another state or territory might want to implement additional measures to protect vulnerable populations, for example, indigenous communities in remote parts of the country.

While the crisis is not over yet, we believe Australia implemented COVID-19 restrictions early enough to prevent widespread community transmission. We are successfully flattening the curve. The majority of confirmed cases in Australia were acquired overseas, so implementing travel restrictions has been a crucial part of our response. This includes mandatory 14 days quarantine for those who return to Australia.

As we move forward, a crucial next step in slowing the spread will be improving our ability to find and contain outbreaks quickly. On 26 April our Government released a new COVIDSafe App to improve our ability to contact trace. Almost 3 million people have downloaded the app in its first three days.

Throughout the crisis, we’ve looked to learn from the experiences of our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region. In the case of the app – it’s modelled closely on the app developed by the Singaporean Government, which was very effective there. And we want to share our learning too. Our national Science Agency, CSIRO, is contributing to global efforts to find a vaccine – it’s encouraging to see how much international collaboration is happening on this front.

The economic challenges ahead are significant. So far our Government support has been A$320 billion, or about 16.4 per cent of annual GDP across forward estimates. That’s unprecedented, but it’s what we needed to do. We’re very conscious things will take some time to recover on this front.

We haven’t eliminated COVID-19, but we’ve managed to get to a good position to move forward from. The key is not to be complacent.

Ambassador Ruth Caris STEWART

ambasadorka Australije Rut Stjuart

Related Articles

World’s First Ocean Hybrid Platform Converts Tidal Waves Into Energy

Conceptual rendering of Sinn Power's Ocean Hybrid platform. Energy captured from tidal motion, waves, and currents can be used to produce electricity, providing power to...

Australia World’s Best Golf Destination

It’s official: Australia is the best place on the planet to play golf. The host nation of the 2019 Presidents Cup and 2018 World Cup...

World’s Tallest Mass Timber Building

The Australian software company Atlassian is putting its new headquarters in state-of-the-art mass timber and steel skyscraper. While the 40-story building will be the...

Stanislav Savić

Australian Serbian Chamber Of Commerce

Address: Prizrenska 4a/7, Belgrade Website: www.ascconline.com.au Australian Serbian Commerce Chamber (ASCC) is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Melbourne, Australia with representatives in key hubs across Australia...

NATIONAL DAY: 26 JANUARY (AUSTRALIA DAY)

Embassy Of Australia

H.E. Mr Daniel EmeryAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Address: Vladimira Popovića 38-40, BelgradeTel: +381 11 3303 400E-mail: [email protected]: www.serbia.embassy.gov.auSocial:

New Zealand

End of Iconic Car Brand in New Zealand

The Holden car brand will disappear at the end of the year after its owner General Motors announced it will no longer make right-hand...

Djokovic Australian Open champion for eighth time in his career

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open title after beating Austrian Dominic Thiem 6: 4, 4: 6, 2: 6, 6:3, 6 in...

Australian Embassy promotes the HPV vaccine

Embassy of Australia in Serbia hosted an event to share Australia's experience inventing and distributing the HPV vaccine and to increase awareness on this...

More...

Turkey To Declare 10 Ambassadors ‘Persona Non Grata’

The move means 10 ambassadors — including those of Germany and the United States — are now just one step from expulsion after calling...

The Remote British Island That Remains Untouched By Covid

Alasdair and Gill Maclean say they felt a bit guilty having spent much of the past year happily living on a beautiful, tropical island,...

Western Balkans: Joint Statement of High Representative Josep Borrell and Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Following the recent meeting between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week in Washington, the EU and United...

Russia Suspends Its Mission To NATO

The Kremlin is also closing the alliance's liaison mission in Moscow. The announcement comes after NATO expelled eight members of the Russian mission to...

News

Turkey To Declare 10 Ambassadors ‘Persona Non Grata’

The move means 10 ambassadors — including those of Germany and the United States — are now just one...

The Remote British Island That Remains Untouched By Covid

Alasdair and Gill Maclean say they felt a bit guilty having spent much of the past year happily living...

Western Balkans: Joint Statement of High Representative Josep Borrell and Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Following the recent meeting between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week in...

Enlargement Package 2021 Adopted By The European Commission

Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and...

Serbia To Hold 5G Spectrum Auction In First Half Of 2022

AmCham and Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications work together to tackle illicit trade online The 5G network and associated...

Turkey To Declare 10 Ambassadors ‘Persona Non Grata’

The move means 10 ambassadors — including those of Germany and the United States — are now just one...

The Remote British Island That Remains Untouched By Covid

Alasdair and Gill Maclean say they felt a bit guilty having spent much of the past year happily living...

Western Balkans: Joint Statement of High Representative Josep Borrell and Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Following the recent meeting between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week in...

Enlargement Package 2021 Adopted By The European Commission

Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and...

Serbia To Hold 5G Spectrum Auction In First Half Of 2022

AmCham and Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications work together to tackle illicit trade online The 5G network and associated...

Turkey To Declare 10 Ambassadors ‘Persona Non Grata’

The move means 10 ambassadors — including those of Germany and the United States — are now just one...

The Remote British Island That Remains Untouched By Covid

Alasdair and Gill Maclean say they felt a bit guilty having spent much of the past year happily living...

Western Balkans: Joint Statement of High Representative Josep Borrell and Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Following the recent meeting between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week in...

Enlargement Package 2021 Adopted By The European Commission

Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and...

Serbia To Hold 5G Spectrum Auction In First Half Of 2022

AmCham and Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications work together to tackle illicit trade online The 5G network and associated...