I hope you were able to get out and support some of our fantastic community groups on Australia Day. It was great to see so many new Australians take the oath and receive their Citizenship. With the new school year only a matter of days away, my best wishes go out to parents, students and school staff as they prepare to return next week! Here are some of the key announcements we’ve made this week:
Pfizer vaccine approved
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. The Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy. The TGA provisional approval is for individuals 16 years of age and older. Two doses will be required – at least 21 days apart. In Australia COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out in five phases over the coming months and, over time, will involve more than 1,000 vaccination administration sites. More information can be found here. More information can be found here.
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine information campaign begins
The Government’s public information campaign to encourage Australians to get a COVID-19 vaccine has begun. The campaign will keep Australians fully informed and up to date about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines as they become available, including when, how and where to get the jab. The information in this campaign, based on expert, and independent, medical advice, will help answer the questions people may have. More information can be found here.
Recognising the exceptional work of Australians in the COVID-19 response
Australians are being encouraged to nominate those people, professionals and volunteers, who have displayed extraordinary service and achievement during the COVID-19 response and recovery, for an Australian National Honour. Individuals recognised for their contribution, service or achievement relating to COVID-19 will feature on a dedicated COVID-19 honours roll as well as the official Australian honours database from the Queen’s Birthday in June. More information can be found here.
Government boosts maritime security
The Morrison Government will invest $1 billion to commence the early development of advanced guided weapons to enhance Australia’s maritime security. This will modernise the Navy’s platforms to project and maintain sea control. This project will provide our Navy with leading-edge long-range anti-ship missiles, extended range surface-to-air missiles, advanced light weight torpedoes, and maritime land strike capabilities. This investment is part of the Government’s $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which will see up to 23 classes of vessels built here in Australia, creating thousands of jobs and significant opportunities for Australian industry. More information can be found here.