29 May 2020


The Australian Capital Territory has passed COVID-19 related legislation, namely the COVID –19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (ACT) (ACT Act) effective from 8 April 2020 and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (ACT) notified on 13 May 2020.  The Acts do not provide any new rights around development decision making. The ACT Act obliges relevant Ministers to report to Parliament monthly on the application of COVID-19 measures for as long as a COVID-19 declaration is in force.

Non-COVID related environmental regulation reforms

Courts: ACT courts are generally closed to the general public but journalists are still able to attend – see the practice direction here. Hearings may be heard in person still but other matters are to occur via telephone. For more information on ACT court responses to COVID-19, go here