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Coronavirus response

The Department is committed to keeping the Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) community informed as the Australian Government continues to work with you in our response to COVID-19.

The JBT is a Commonwealth-administered territory, and is not part of New South Wales (NSW) or the Australian Capital Territory.

COVID-19 Information

In line with changes to national protocols, people in the Jervis Bay Territory are no longer directed to isolate at home if testing positive to COVID-19, from 14 October 2022.

A COVID-19 Public Health Direction is in place in the JBT.

The current JBT Public Health Emergency Direction requires people to:

  • Diagnosed people who work in health care settings such as private hospitals, disability accommodation, aged care homes must not attend work for seven days after a positive test.
  • Fitted face masks are only required by visitors to public and private hospitals, nursing homes and aged care facilities.

COVID-19 is still present in the community, despite this shift in mandatory requirements. People who are sick and particularly anyone with confirmed COVID-19 are still strongly encouraged to stay home while they are symptomatic and avoid high-risk settings like healthcare unless requiring urgent medical treatment.

We encourage everyone to take precautions to protect others and stop the spread of COVID-19. Continue maintaining a safe distance from others, practise good hand hygiene, wear a mask in public places, cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if sick and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Be mindful that schools, work places, health facilities and businesses may have their own COVID-19 controls and measures in place. 

Please also be aware that while restrictions have eased, future outbreaks are possible and you are encouraged to keep yourself informed.

Current JBT Public Health Instruments

Previous 2022 COVID-19 Declarations and Directions

2021 COVID-19 Declarations and Directions

2020 COVID-19 Declarations and Directions

For Ministerial and Departmental announcements, please visit our Community Bulletins page.

JBT Pandemic Response Plan:

The Department has developed a Jervis Bay Territory Pandemic Response Plan as a Sub Plan of the JBT Emergency Management Plan.

Further information:, and COVID-19 health information line: 1800 020 080.