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Download the COVIDSafe app for our education’s sake

Ministers:

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has today called on Australians to download the COVIDSafe app to support our schools and universities to re-open.

“The app has now moved to more than 5.2 million downloads and registrations,” Mr Tehan said.

“The more Australians that download the app the greater the protection for our nation.

“There are more than 350,000 teachers and principals in Australia and more than 137,000 people working in higher education who should download the app because it enables early notification of possible exposure to COVID-19.

“This will increase their safety at work and improve the safety of our community.

“National Cabinet has agreed that take-up of the app will help drive the easing of lockdown restrictions.

“Downloading the app is completely voluntary. I have downloaded and registered on the COVIDSafe app, and I call on every Australian to do the same.

“While the majority of states and territories have re-opened their schools, or have a plan in place to do so, by downloading the COVIDSafe app we can further strengthen our existing safety protocols to protect students and teachers.

“When it comes to universities, our priority is opening campuses for face-to-face learning for domestic and international students already in the country and mass downloading of the app will support that process.”

The COVIDSafe app can be downloaded from App stores.