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COVID-19 Update: Australia postpones reopening as National Cabinet meets over Omicron

Greg Hunt, Karen Andrews and Paul Kelly. Source: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 30 November 2021.

  • Australia has pushed back the reopening of international borders for international skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders from 1 December until 15 December.
  • Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says medical advice will govern any future changes.
  • The opposition has backed the government’s decision to postpone the reopening of international borders.
  • National Cabinet is set to meet today to discuss the national, state, and territorial response to the threat of the Omicron variant as the Deputy Chief Health Officer says the spread is inevitable in the community.
  • There are six confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in quarantine in Australia.
  • Western Australia approaches the deadline for mandatory vaccination for multiple industries.
  • Queensland mandates vaccination for workers in high-risk settings from 17 December.


Victoria recorded 918 locally acquired cases and six deaths.
NSW recorded 179 new community cases and three deaths.

For measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit here

Quarantine and restrictions state by state:

Find out what you can and can't do in your state or territory


Information for international travellers and Covid-19 and travel information in language

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  Getting help during Covid-19 from Services Australia in language

Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:

COVID-19 Vaccination Glossary
Appointment Reminder Tool.

Testing clinics in each state and territory:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory 

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