NSW Legislation

(Last updated 24 September 2020 9:15am)

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 state government to take action to prevent the entry, establishment or spread of COVID-19. It includes the various instruments made under that Act.

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 State 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The final section contains legislative instruments that are no longer current, having been repealed or superseded by other instruments.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 2010 (NSW) – Current

Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 3) Amendment Order 2020 – 23 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 7) 2020 – 23 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 3) 2020 – 20 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 3) 2020 – 18 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order (No 3) 2020 – 18 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 6) 2020 – 16 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 3) 2020 – 16 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 5) 2020 – 11 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) Amendment (No 5) 2020 – 11 September 2020

Order under Section 11 Public Health Act 2010 – Power to close public premises on public health grounds – 7 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 4) 2020 – 2 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) Order (No 4) 2020 – 27 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) Amendment Order (No 4) 2020 – 25 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 3) 2020 – 17 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment (Transiting ACT Residents) Order 2020 – 11 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 – 6 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 2) Amendment Order 2020 – 6 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) Amendment Order (No 3) 2020 – 1 August 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment (Medical and Hospital Services) Order 2020 – 25 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment (Vulnerable Persons) Order 2020 – 24 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 3) 2020 – 23 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 – 23 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment (Border Community) Order 2020 – 22 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order 2020 – 20 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) Amendment Order 2020 – 16 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020 – 7 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Order 2020 – 2 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 – 1 July 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation and Maritime Quarantine) Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 – 29 June 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) Order (No 2) 2020 – 18 June 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 2) 2020 – 14 May 2020

Public Holidays Amendment (COVID-19 Revocations) Order 2020 – 30 April 2020

Exemption under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 – 28 April 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order 2020 – 25 March 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) Order 2020 – 20 March 2020 (see PDF page 7 of linked gazette)

Public Health Amendment (Scheduled Medical Conditions and Notifiable Diseases) Order (No 2) 2020 – 19 March 2020

Amending Legislation

State Revenue Legislation Amendment (COVID-19 Housing Response) Act 2020 – 11 August 2020

COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures – Treasurer) Act 2020 No 6 – 14 May 2020

COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures – Miscellaneous) Act 2020 No 5 – 14 May 2020

COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures—Attorney General) Act 2020 No 4 – 14 May 2020

COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 No 1 – 25 March 2020

Treasury Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Act 2020 No 2 – 25 March 2020

Legislative Instruments

Stronger Communities Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 18 September 2020

Retirement Villages Amendment (COVID-19 Prescribed Period) Regulation 2020 – 18 September 2020

Local Government (General) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation (No 3) 2020 – 18 September 2020

Interpretation (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 18 September 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (COVID-19 Prescribed Period) Regulation 2020 – 18 September 2020

Constitution (COVID-19 Emergency Measures) Amendment (Prescribed Period) Regulation 2020 – 18 September 2020

Long Service Leave Amendment (COVID-19 Prescribed Period) Regulation 2020 – 11 September 2020

Annual Holidays Amendment (COVID-19 Prescribed Period) Regulation 2020 – 11 September 2020

Public Holidays Amendment (COVID-19 Revocations) Order (No 3) 2020 – 24 August 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Vehicle Sanitisation Stations) Order 2020 – 14 August 2020

Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Border Control—Transiting ACT Residents) Regulation 2020 – 13 August 2020

Workers Compensation Amendment (Consequential COVID-19 Matters) Regulation 2020 – 24 July 2020

Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment (COVID-19 Extension of Licences) Regulation 2020 – 17 July 2020

Health Services Amendment (Quarantine Services) Regulation 2020 – 15 July 2020

Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Border Control) Regulation 2020 – 8 July 2020

Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Regulation (No 2) 2020 – 7 July 2020

Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Amendment Regulation 2020 – 3 July 2020

Public Holidays Amendment (COVID-19 Revocations) Order (No 2) 2020 – 26 June 2020

Parking Space Levy Amendment (COVID-19 Indexation of Levy) Regulation 2020 – 19 June 2020

Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Amendment (COVID-19 Indexation of Fees) Regulation 2020 – 19 June 2020

Community Land Management Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 5 June 2020

Strata Schemes Management Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 5 June 2020

Retirement Villages (COVID-19 Services & Facilities) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Retirement Villages (COVID-19 Meeting Requirements) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Retirement Villages (COVID-19 Village Rules) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Retirement Villages (COVID-19 Budget and Expenditures) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Retirement Villages (COVID-19 Access to Retirement Villages) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Retirement Villages (COVID-19 Consent of Residents) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Temporary Cycleways) Order 2020 – 29 May 2020

Liquor Amendment (COVID-19 Licence Endorsements and Temporary Freezes) Regulation 2020 – 29 May 2020

Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Supply of Vaccines by Pharmacists) Regulation 2020 – 8 May 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (COVID-19 Planning Bodies) Regulation 2020 – 30 April 2020

Local Government (General) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation (No 2) 2020 – 24 April 2020

Constitution (COVID-19 Emergency Measures) Regulation 2020 – 24 April 2020

Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 24 April 2020

Child Protection (Working with Children) Amendment (COVID-19 Proof of Identity) Regulation 2020  – 22 April 2020

Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 – 22 April 2020

Local Government (General) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 17 April 2020

Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Prescriptions) Regulation 2020 – 17 April 2020

Workers Compensation Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 17 April 2020

Firearms Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 15 April 2020

Weapons Prohibition Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 15 April 2020

Residential Tenancies Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 15 April 2020

Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Regulation 2020 – 9 April 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Infrastructure Construction Work Days) Order 2020 – 9 April 2020

Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 3 April 2020

Evidence (Audio and Audio Visual Links) Amendment (Emergency Measures—COVID-19) Regulation 2020 – 3 April 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Construction Work Days) Order 2020 – 2 April 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Takeaway Food and Beverages) Order 2020 – 2 April 2020 (see page 4 of linked pdf)

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Health Services Facilities) Order 2020 – 1 April 2020

Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Temporary Workers’ Accommodation) Order 2020 – 1 April 2020 (see page 5 of linked pdf)

Ministerial (Visiting Driver Residency Period) Exemption Order 2020 (see page 8 of linked pdf) – 23 March 2020

State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (COVID-19 Response) 2020 – 20 March 2020

Superseded Instruments

Public Health (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) Order (No 3) 2020 – 3 August 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) Order (No 4) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 – 6 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Amendment Order 2020 – 4 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order (No 2) 2020 – 3 July 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order (No 3) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020 – 25 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 3) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020 – 25 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 3) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 2) 2020 – 23 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 3) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 2) 2020 – 23 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 3) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) (No 3) Amendment Order 2020 – 13 June 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 3) 2020 – 29 May 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 – 9 May 2020 [this is a consolidation of the original Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 dated 30 March 2020 as amended by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment Order 2020 dated 3 April 2020, the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 dated 30 April 2020, and the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment (Real Estate) Order 2020 dated 7 May 2020] [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 2) 2020]

Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order 2020 – 20 April 2020 [this is a consolidation of the original Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Regulation 2020 dated 9 April 2020 as amended by the Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Amendment Order 2020 dated 19 April 2020] [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order (No 2) 2020]

Exemption under the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020 – 8 April 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020 – 3 April 2020 [this is a consolidation of the original Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020 dated 28 March 2020 as amended by the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation and Maritime Quarantine) Amendment Order 2020 dated 3 April 2020] [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order 2020 – 3 April 2020 [this is a consolidation of the original Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order 2020 dated 28 March 2020 as amended by the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Amendment Order 2020 dated 29 March 2020 and the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation and Maritime Quarantine) Amendment Order 2020 dated 3 April 2020] [revoked by Exemption under Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order 2020 – 28 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020]

Exemption under Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order 2020 – 28 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (No 3) 2020 – 26 March 2020 [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (No 2) 2020 – 25 March 2020 (see page 9 of the linked PDF) [revoked by Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (No 3) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facilities) Order 2020 – 24 March 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 2) 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Places of Social Gathering) Order 2020 – 23 March 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (No 2) 2020 (see page 9 of the linked PDF)]

Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order 2020 – 20 March 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (No 2) 2020 (see page 9 of the linked PDF)]

Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020 – 18 March 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Quarantine) Order 2020 – 16 March 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order 2020]

Public Health (COVID-19 Public Events) Order 2020 – 15 March 2020 [repealed by Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020]