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COVID-19 Protection Framework

Find out about the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework.


Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms should get a test and stay home until you have a negative test result. 

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) introduces a new flexible 3-level approach to managing COVID-19 in the community:

  • Green – used when there’s limited COVID-19 in the community, hospitalisations are at a manageable level, and the health system is ready to respond.
  • Orange – used when there’s increasing community transmission of COVID-19, the whole health system has focused its resources but can manage the outbreak, and there is an increasing risk to the public.
  • Red – used when action is needed to protect the health system and to protect at-risk populations.

The new traffic light system is more flexible than the previous Alert Level system.  It takes into account aspects like vaccination coverage, COVID-19 transmission in communities, and the capacity of the health and disability system.

Testing, contact tracing, and isolation will continue as key tools to minimise any spread of the virus.

For further information visit the COVID-19 website.