Novel Coronavirus

As governments step up their response to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, property owners and managers may also be receiving inquiries from tenants and building occupants on ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

Commonwealth and state and territory health authorities are the best source of advice and have produced various information resources which can assist.

Current status

As of this morning, seven cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCov) have been confirmed in Australia, including one in Queensland, two in Victoria and four in NSW. Internationally, there have been approximately 6,074 confirmed cases and 132 deaths reported.

Australia’s federal, state and territory health authorities have initiated a comprehensive response to manage the spread of the virus and support those with symptoms. DFAT has raised its travel advice to China to ‘reconsider your need to travel’ and ‘do not travel’ for Wuhan and Hubei province in particular.

Information sources

The best source of authoritative advice on how to identify and manage symptoms of the virus is through the relevant Commonwealth, state and territory authorities.

Property owners and managers looking for information that can be shared with tenants or building occupants should refer to the resources which are being produced by health authorities and are available online.

The Commonwealth Department of Health has a comprehensive website which provides the latest updates and advice. This includes posters which can be downloaded for display on how to prevent the spread of the virus and what to do is a person feels unwell. These can be downloaded from the Department of Health's website

State and territory health departments are also providing information resources, including information sheets, posters and videos in Mandarin.

Members are encouraged to review these resources and share them within their businesses or property assets as appropriate.

Links to state and territory health department advice and resources

New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia



Northern Territory