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COVIDSafe App Launched

The Australian Government has launched a voluntary coronavirus tracing app, COVIDSafe. The app is designed to assist in finding close contacts of a person diagnosed with COVID-19, speeding up the current manual contact tracing process.  We encourage you to consider downloading this app to assist in maintaining your own health and wellbeing during this pandemic .

The app works by recognising other app users, noting the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. Data is encrypted and stored securely on the user’s phone. The app does not collect the user’s location.

In the event a COVIDSafe app user is diagnosed with COVID-19 they will be asked to give permission for the encrypted app contact information to be uploaded to a secure storage system for the use of health officials to alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested. 

Further information on the COVIDSafe app, including privacy protections, can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.