This page will be continually updated with the latest information for each state and territory. For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 updates, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Centre. If you have a question regarding COVID-19, check out our COVID-19 FAQs.

 

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Australian Capital Territory

Updates:

  • 26 April: Latest COVID-19 ACT Update
    • The ACT Government has updated their website, Remedial Massage Therapy, Sports Massage and Lymphatic massage are classed as an essential service. See the COVID-19: Guidance for massage therapists document for further clarification on what massage services are permitted during the pandemic.
  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.

 

New South Wales

Updates:

  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.
  • 16 April: NSW COVID-19 Update
    • Over the Easter weekend we received clarification that members in NSW are permitted to provide professional services at this time. 'Remedial or therapeutic massage services' are now listed under healthcare services that can remain open on the What you can and can't do under the rules webpage on the NSW Department of Health website.

 

Northern Territory

Updates:

  • 15 May: Northern Territory Update on Guidelines for personal services business
    • Cert IV members will be required to fill out an NT COVID-19 Personal Services Checklist before returning to work. It is the Association's understanding that only Cert IV members are required to fill out the NT COVID-19 Personal Services Checklist, members who are remedial qualified or higher are exempt.
  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.
  • 6 April: Northern Territory Update on Restricted Activities
    • The Northern Territory Department of Health have updated their 'events and gatherings' website page to say that restrictions regarding massage specifically excludes 'remedial/sports/lymphatic massage'.
  • 31 March: Update - COVID-19: Alternative Therapies
    • As of Tuesday 31st March, we have been advised that massage is considered a non-essential services in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria, and therefore remedial massage therapists in those states should cease face to face practice immediately.

 

Queensland

Updates:

  • 22 April: Queensland Update on Restricted Activities
    • The Queensland Government responded to our member advocacy and clarified that massage therapy provided by a qualified massage therapist may continue to operate ‘for the management or prevention of a disease, injury or condition… with social distancing observed to the extent possible’.
  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.
  • 31 March: Update - COVID-19: Alternative Therapies
    • As of Tuesday 31st March, we have been advised that massage is considered a non-essential services in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria, and therefore remedial massage therapists in those states should cease face to face practice immediately.
  • 26 March: Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.4)
    • The Queensland Health Department released a statement late on Thursday 26th March, outlining that exemptions to continue work applies to Health services provided by health practitioners registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, with social distancing observed to the extent possible.

 

South Australia

Updates:

  • 27 April: SA Update on Restricted Activities
    • The South Australian Government website has updated to state that: ‘remedial or therapeutic massage and myotherapy services provided in a clinical or health care setting may continue’. The Association interprets this as confirming that therapeutic and remedial massage have been differentiated from that of relaxation massage and can be performed by members.

 

Tasmania

Updates:

  • 3 June: Tasmania 'Roadmap to Recovery' Update
    • On Friday 5 June at 3pm, Tasmania is set to ease COVID-19 restrictions back to Stage Two. As part of Stage Two, the following is stated: 'Gatherings at businesses increase to 20, with the following reopening or subject to changed restrictions: ... massage'.
  • 1 May: Tasmania Update on Restricted Activities
    • The Joint Associations have received clarification from the Tasmanian Government that remedial massage therapists and myotherapists are permitted to provide professional services at this time provided they are working from a medical or health facility.
  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.

 

Victoria

Updates:

  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.
  • 6 April: 'Stay at home' and 'Restricted activities' directions - frequently asked questions
    • The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have released the below statement on their website in answer to the frequently asked question, 'Which beauty and personal care businesses are currently prohibited?': ‘Spas and massage parlours providing relaxation massages as distinct from therapeutic or remedial massage’.
  • 31 March: Update - COVID-19: Alternative Therapies
    • As of Tuesday 31st March, we have been advised that massage is considered a non-essential services in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria, and therefore remedial massage therapists in those states should cease face to face practice immediately.

 

Western Australia

Updates:

  • 3 June: Western Australia Roadmap to Easing Restrictions Update
    • On Saturday 6 June, Western Australia is set to ease COVID-19 restrictions to Stage 3 of their four-stage recovery roadmap. As part of Stage 3, the following is stated under Wellbeing and health services, '... massage may reopen'.
  • 17 April: Latest COVID-19 Update on States and Territories
    • The Joint Associations have worked together to provide the following list of the states and territories where remedial and myotherapy is permitted and not permitted. This list includes updates on some states that were previously unknown, such as Tasmania.
  • 13 April: WA COVID-19 Update
    • We have received clarification that members in WA are permitted to provide professional services at this time. This information was provided by the WA Police Force Liaison for the COVID-19 Response. The WA COVID-19 coronavirus: Community advice webpage states that 'There are no restrictions on the provision of remedial massage therapy, as long as such treatment is not provided from an "affected place" e.g. a massage parlour or a gym.'