Join Australia's Health Panel to have your say on the COVIDSafe app

On 26 April 2020 the Australian Government released the COVIDSafe app via the Apple and Android App stores, several weeks after first proposing the idea. The COVIDSafe app is intended to allow the tracing and finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19

The Australian Government also released a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), an Agency response to the PIA and a Determination by Health Minister Greg Hunt under the Biosecurity Act (2015) to protect people’s privacy and restrict access to app data to state and territory health authorities for contact tracing.

As per the Minister’s Determination, currently the data created by the tracing app will be encrypted, stored only on your phone, and not shared with anyone, unless you test positive to COVID-19 and give consent to share your data.

Over 2 million Australians have currently downloaded the app and eleven health bodies including the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia have supported it. However some expert groups such as the Law Council of Australia and Digital Rights Watch believe that there are still issues that need to be addressed with the COVIDSafe app.

The May 2020 Australia's Health Panel survey is intended to get the first impressions and opinions of the Australian public on the COVIDSafe app now that clearer details about it are publicly known. To have your say,  sign up or login to your account.

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By being a part of Australia’s Health Panel you can have your voice heard in government policy and program development and help influence the advocacy work by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.