COVID-19: State shutdowns of non-essential services


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Further to our communication earlier today, NSW and Victoria have declared their intentions to shut down non-essential services in the next 48 hours.  We are aware that there is going to be a National Cabinet meeting tonight to discuss further measures.

The AVA is strongly advocating for veterinary business to be declared an essential service.  We see this as critical for reasons of animal health, welfare and biosecurity, but also human health and mental wellbeing, food safety, and food supply chain integrity and continuity.

The AVA President has communicated our case directly to the following people:

  • The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition
  • The Minster for Health and Shadow Minister for Health
  • The Minister for Agriculture and Shadow Minister for Agriculture
  • All State Premiers
  • State Ministers for Health
  • State Ministers for Agriculture
  • The Australian Chief Veterinary Officer (ACVO) and all State CVOs

All of them have received a copy of the AVA’s submission which can be found here.

The Australian CVO Dr Mark Schipp has acknowledged our submission and has kindly forwarded it to the National COVID-19 Task Force.

We are endeavouring to find out the status of veterinary services in all jurisdictions, and will be back in touch as soon as we have information.

Domestic Travel Update

Since our communication earlier today on domestic travel, we have been informed that WA will be implementing a border closure at 1.30pm on Tuesday. Anyone returning after that time will go into enforced quarantine for 2 weeks.

We will keep you updated as more information comes to hand.

Melanie Latter
Head of Policy and Advocacy

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