ACT Legislation

(Last updated 24 September 2020, 2:45pm)

This page is divided into four sections. The material in each section is inserted in reverse chronological order of enactment (this is for ease of updating given how rapidly things are changing).

The first sets out the principal legislation that confers powers upon the territory government to take action to prevent the entry, establishment or spread of COVID-19. It includes the various instruments made under that legislation. 

In addition to the powers of the state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the state government plays a crucial role in regulating the economy. The legislation enacted by the Territory to address the broader economic and societal consequences of COVID-19 is to be found in the second section, Amending Legislation, immediately below. 

The third section, Legislative Instruments, includes legislative instruments made under the Principal Legislation, the Amending Legislation, and under existing legislative provisions. 

The final section contains legislative instruments that are no longer current, having been repealed or superseded by other instruments.

Principal Legislation

Public Health Act 1997

Public Health Regulation 2000

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 10) – 17 September 2020

Crimes (Sentence Administration) COVID-19 Emergency Guidelines 2020 – 17 September 2020

Public Health (Self-Isolation) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) – 1 September 2020

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7) – 1 September 2020

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 11) – 19 August 2020

Public Health (Quarantine Fees) Determination 2020 – 13 August 2020

Public Health (Notifiable Conditions) Determination 2020 – 3 August 2020

Public Health (Reporting of Notifiable Conditions) Code of Practice 2020 – 3 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5) – 20 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 – 7 July 2020

Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) – 26 June 2020

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 9) – 7 April 2020

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration 2020 (No 1) – 16 March 2020 [extended, most rceently by the Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 8)]

Public Health (‘COVID 19’ AKA ‘Novel Coronavirus’ – Temporary Notifiable Condition) Determination 2020 (No 1) – 13 February 2020

Amending Legislation

COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (No 2)

Public Health Amendment Act 2020

Public Health (Emergencies) Amendment Act 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation Amendment Act 2020

Public Health Amendment Act 2020 (No 2)

Legislative Instruments

Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Emergency Response Declaration 2020 (No 2) – 10 September 2020

Taxation Administration (Payroll Tax—Businesses Not Permitted to Operate) COVID-19 Exemption Scheme Determination 2020 – 9 September 2020

Taxation Administration (Payroll Tax) COVID-19 Exemption Scheme Determination 2020 – 9 September 2020

Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2020 (No 3) – 4 September 2020

Taxation Administration (Owner Occupier Duty) COVID-19 Exemption Scheme Determination 2020 – 2 July 2020

Liquor (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Permit Fee Waiver) Declaration 2020 – 23 May 2020

Liquor (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Licence Fee Waiver) Declaration 2020 – 23 May 2020

Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) COVID-19 Emergency Leave Determination 2020 (No 1) – 21 May 2020

Motor Accident Injuries (COVID-19) Guidelines 2020 – 13 May 2020

Corrections Management (COVID-19 Temporary Leave) Operating Procedure 2020 – 8 May 2020

Magistrates Court (Public Health (COVID-19) Infringement Notices) Regulation 2020 – 30 April 2020

Corrections Management (Use of Audio-Visual Equipment for Visits) Operating Procedure 2020 – 30 March 2020

Superseded Instruments

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 9) – 8 September 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 10)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 8) – 1 September 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 9)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7) – 11 August 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 8)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6) – 9 August 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7)]

Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2020 (No 2) – 21 July 2020 [revoked by Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2020 (No 3)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5) – 20 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4) – 16 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5)]

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4) – 16 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5)]

Public Health (Self-Isolation) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 11 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Self-Isolation) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3)]

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6) – 6 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7)]

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) – 6 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 4 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3)]

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 – 2 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) – 19 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities –Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 3 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3)]

Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 – 29 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities –Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7) – 15 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020]

Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 14 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3)]

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5) – 14 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6)]

Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Emergency Response Declaration 2020 – 12 May 2020 [revoked by Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Emergency Response Declaration 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) – 8 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Restricted Activities – Gatherings, Business or Undertakings) Emergency Direction 2020]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6) – 8 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7)]

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4) – 8 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5)]

Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 1 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3)]

Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2020 – 22 April 2020 [revoked by Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5) – 9 April 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6)]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 8) – 5 April 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 7) – 3 April 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) – 3 April 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4)]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 6) – 1 April 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4) – 31 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5)]

Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 – 31 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 5) – 30 March 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 4) – 28 March 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 27 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4)]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 3) – 26 March 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No3) – 26 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 4)]

Public Health (Self-Isolation) Emergency Direction 2020 – 25 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Self-Isolation) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2) – 25 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No3)]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 2) – 24 March 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2020 – 23 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 – 23 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Further Extension 2020 (No 1) – 22 March 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Emergency) Declaration Extension 2020 – 20 March 2020 [expired]

Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 – 19 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6)]

Public Health (Indoor Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 – 19 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020]

Public Health (Outdoor Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 – 19 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020]