COVID-19: Court Updates

27 January 2022: Online and telephone services only for all court registries (except WA)

There will be no face-to-face services in court registries (except WA), unless otherwise approved by the Head of Jurisdiction.

We are still open to support litigants and the profession through a range of online and phone services.  These precautionary measures will assist to reduce the need to travel.

Please note that the Federal Court of Australia requires all attendees to:

  • be double vaccinated 
  • QR check-in on arrival
  • use hand sanitiser before entering the court
  • wear masks at all times except for speakers, and
  • if you are unwell please remain at home. 

In exceptional circumstances  where these conditions cannot be met, and at the discretion of the presiding Judge, the Court may develop a protocol on a case by case basis, to ensure the safety of court staff and parties.  

Developments will be monitored and arrangements may change at short notice based on government health advice and restrictions.

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27 January 2022: QR code systems in Court buildings 

Australian State and Territory governments have mandated the use of QR codes as a means to creating a record of the time and date individuals have visited a location.

Diligent use of QR codes greatly improves the speed at which an infected person’s close and casual contacts can be identified by authorities. It also allows the publication of contact locations for the community, accelerating isolation and testing. This helps to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

QR code check in is currently required in all court buildings.

29 April 2021: Special Measures Information Note (SMIN-5)

2 April 2020:

31 March 2020: Special Measures Information Note - Updated

The Special Measures in Response to COVID-19 (SMIN-1) Information Note (pdf, 239 kb) has been updated.

23 March 2020: Special Measures Information Note 

The Chief Justice has issued a Special Measures Information Note in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Information Note can be accessed from the Practice Notes page.