This page will be continually updated with the latest information for each state and territory. For a list of Association COVID-19 updates, support sites and other resources, 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 2020: 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 2020: 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:

  • 8 January 2021: Northern Beaches Expected Lockdown End Date
    • As announced in today's NSW Government Press Conference, the restrictions currently in place for the northern zone of the Northern Beaches are expected to be lifted at 12.01am on Sunday 10 January.
  • 4 January 2021: Greater Sydney and Northern Beaches Update
    • The following is a list of new restrictions for members in NSW.
  • 21 December 2020: Update on Northern Beaches Lockdown
    • The New South Wales Government has introduced new, temporary restrictions on the Northern Beaches area of Sydney that comprises of Pittwater, Narrabeen, Frenchs Forest, Curl Curl and Manly. These restrictions are now in effect and are currently due to lift on 23 December.
  • 2 August 2020: Health Advice Update on Masks
    • The NSW Government is strongly encouraging greater use of masks in high-risk public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 17 April 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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.
  • 25 March 2020: Northern Territory Department of Health 25 March Update
    • Northern Territory Health Department released a statement 25 March, outlining that 'The following is closed to the public: a place that provides yoga, Pilates, barre, massage or other wellness services'.

 

Queensland

Updates:

  • 11 January 2021: Further Update on Brisbane Lockdown
    • The Greater Brisbane lockdown that was put in place last Friday will be ending today at 6pm. At this time, therapeutic massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists located in the Greater Brisbane area can resume routine services.
  • 8 January 2021: Brisbane Lockdown Update
    • From 6pm today, the Queensland Government is introducing new, temporary restrictions to the Greater Brisbane area.
  • 26 August 2020: Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery
  • 22 April 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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:

  • 15 December 2020: SA Update on Mask Wearing
    • SA Health have updated, from 23 December, 'masks will no longer be mandatory for people present in health care settings or people working in personal care services'.
  • 7 December 2020: Update on Cloth Masks
    • SA Health have updated their advice on mask wearing. It is now acceptable for massage therapists, clients, staff etc., to wear reusable cloth masks instead of single-use surgical masks.
  • 2 December 2020: Update on Single-use Surgical Masks
    • The Association has now received clarity that massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists are included in the directive that requires all people in health care settings to wear a single-use surgical mask at all times when in the physical presence of other people on the premises.
  • 27 November 2020: South Australia Update on COVID-SAfe Check-In
    • To assist with contact tracing in South Australia, SA Health is introducing COVID-SAfe Check-In. From Monday 30 November, businesses with a COVID-Safe plan will receive a new plan via email that includes a QR code to print off and display in a prominent location within the business.
  • 20 November 2020: South Australian Massage Therapists Can Return to Work Sunday
    • In an almost best case scenario, the South Australian Premier announced today that the South Australia lockdown is set to end at midnight Saturday, three days earlier than planned!
  • 18 November 2020: South Australia to Enter Six-day Lockdown
    • The South Australian Premier announced this afternoon that, effective from 11.59pm Wednesday 18 November, South Australia will be entering a six day lockdown in which only one person per household per day is allowed to leave the house, and only for essentials such as groceries or medical care.
  • 18 November 2020: Parafield Cluster Restrictions Update
    • In the wake of a recent cluster outbreak in Parafield, Adelaide, South Australia Health have issued some updated directives.
  • 14 August 2020: An Important Update for SA Members Who Work in Residential Aged Care Facilities
    • Beginning 27 August 2020, there will be some new restrictions for all personal care workers who work in Residential Aged Care Facilities in South Australia. These new restrictions will apply to all South Australian therapeutic massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists who work in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
  • 27 April 2020: 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 2020: Tasmania 'Roadmap to Recovery' Update
    • On Friday 5 June at 3pm, Tasmania is set to ease COVID-19 restrictions back to Stage 2. As part of Stage 2, the following is stated: 'Gatherings at businesses increase to 20, with the following reopening or subject to changed restrictions: ... massage'.
  • 1 May 2020: 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 2020: 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:

  • 16 December 2020: Sole Trader Support Fund Extended to 30 December 2020
    • Victorian Government’s Sole Trader Support Fund has been extended to 30 December 2020 to assist more sole trader businesses in specific industries operating from commercial premises with their transition to COVID Normal.
  • 11 December 2020: Further Update on Home-Based Clinics in Victoria
    • There has been a further change in directions for home-based clinics in Victoria: 'Home-based businesses no longer require a discrete work area in order to operate, subject to the restrictions of their industry.'
  • 8 December 2020: Update on Mask Wearing in Victoria
    • The Association has confirmed with the Department of Health and Human Services that under the current directives, it is still a requirement for massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists to wear a mask while treating in Victoria.
  • 2 December 2020: Update on Home-Based Clinics in Victoria
    • There has been a change in directions for home-based clinics in Victoria.
  • 4 November 2020: Update on Mobile Massage in Metropolitan Melbourne
    • The Chief Allied Health Officer has confirmed that mobile massage services are allowed to operate in metropolitan Melbourne as long as all proper hygiene and infection control protocols are being adhered to. However, there is one further restriction that mobile massage therapists and their clients need to adhere to: a visit by a mobile massage therapist to a residence counts as that residence's one permitted visit per day.
  • 30 October 2020: Updated Industry Restart Guidelines and New Information on Home-Based Clinics
    • The DHHS have just released their updated Industry Restart Guidelines. The Association has also received official confirmation that additional requirements must be met at a home-based clinic located in either metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria.
  • 29 October 2020: Answering Member Questions About Metro Melbourne's Reopening
    • With metropolitan Melbourne members finally being able to return to routine services, the Association has been receiving many questions from members (and many non-members) on what is and is not currently allowed.
  • 27 October 2020: Confirmed: Massage Reopening in Metropolitan Melbourne Tonight
    • The Association is extremely excited to announce that confirmation has been received from the Chief Allied Health Officer confirming massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists can return to routine practice as of 11.59pm this evening, Tuesday 27 October 2020.
  • 26 October 2020: Victoria Reopening Announcements
    • In this afternoon's press conference, the Premier announced a wide reopening of many industries tomorrow at midnight. At this stage, massage, remedial massage and myotherapy have not been directly quoted but it is our understanding that metropolitan Melbourne members will be allowed to return to routine service from Tuesday 27 October at 11.59pm.
  • 25 October 2020No Changes to Metro Melbourne Restrictions
    • The Victorian Premier today announced there are no changes to the metropolitan Melbourne COVID-19 restrictions, with the hope that an update will be provided in 24-48 hours. The Premier has stated ‘It is not a setback, but a cautious pause’.
  • 21 October 2020: Metropolitan Melbourne Advocacy Update
    • Massage & Myotherapy Australia wrote to MPs, state and federal, requesting assistance in helping professional massage therapists, remedial massage therapists, and myotherapists in metropolitan Melbourne return to work as soon as possible.
  • 19 October 2020: Update Regarding Restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne
    • Further to our update this morning, we have now received confirmation from the Chief Allied Officer that massage therapy, remedial massage therapy and myotherapy are not included in the easing of restrictions
  • 19 October 2020: The DHHS Have Not Yet Provided Clarity on Yesterday's Announcements
    • The Chief Allied Health Officer indicated she was not able to confirm whether or not massage, remedial massage or myotherapy are able to return to routine services and that she is trying to clarify this. At this point in time she advised that our members are not to commence routine services until confirmation is received and it is important to note that the announcements have provided some easing of restrictions but it is not a formal move to the Third Step.
  • 18 October 2020: Statement from the Premier
    • The Association is seeking clarity on today’s easing of restriction announcement. Massage therapy, remedial massage and myotherapy has not been directly quoted. Massage & Myotherapy Australia will release more information as soon as possible.
  • 29 September 2020: Update on When Metro Melbourne Members Can Return to Work
    • In a meeting with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that the Association attended today, the DHHS verbally confirmed that remedial massage and myotherapy will be allowed to reopen for one-on-one treatments when metropolitan Melbourne enters the Third Step of its Roadmap to Recovery. In addition, the DHHS has released a document of Industry Restart Guidelines that the Association recommends Victorian members review.
  • 28 September 2020: Metropolitan Melbourne Update on Working Restrictions Under the Second Step
    • As anticipated in our last update, the State Government have not outlined any changes to the working status of remedial massage therapists and myotherapists under the Second Step of their Roadmap to Recovery.
  • 18 September 2020: Metropolitan Melbourne Update on Health Services During the Second Step
    • A letter delivered to the Association by Victorian Chief Allied Officer Donna Markham has indicated that remedial massage and myotherapy will not be opening more widely when metropolitan Melbourne enters the Second Step of its Roadmap to Recovery, which is due to occur on 28 September 2020.
  • 14 September 2020: Victoria Update on Personal Services and Support Grants
    • The Association is still seeking clarity on when massage and myotherapy will be able to resume in metropolitan Melbourne. Additionally, the State Government announced a new round of Business Support Fund Grants to assist Victorian businesses that are struggling or have been forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • 11 September 2020: Victoria Update on DHHS Guidance
    • The Department of Health have indicated that they will provide further clarity on the working status of massage therapists next week, however we cannot specify or speculate whether massage and myotherapy will be included in that update.
  • 7 September 2020Victoria Roadmap to Reopening Update
    • Yesterday the State Government announced their 'Roadmap to Reopening'. This roadmap outlines a series of steps to get Victoria back to ‘COVID Normal’. One of the major announcements from yesterday is that the metropolitan Melbourne Stage 4 restrictions have been extended by a minimum of two weeks to 28 September 2020 and will only relax if certain case-per-day goals are met.
  • 14 August 2020: Victorian First Aid Amnesty
    • The Private Health Funds have agreed to join the Association to provide leniency for members in Victoria with a First Aid qualification that is expiring. This amnesty applies to all Victorian members, including those in regional Victoria, and will run until 31 October 2020.
  • 7 August 2020: Regional Victorian Workplaces Are Now Required to Complete a COVID Safe Plan
    • Late last night the Public Health Commander advised that every permitted workplace in Victoria is required to complete a COVID Safe Plan, including in regional Victoria under Stage 3 restrictions.
  • 6 August 2020: An Important Update on the Working Status of Members Under Stage 4 Restrictions
    • We have once again been working closely with our allies to provide accurate and up to date information for you all. The following is the current situation with regard to Victorian members.
  • 5 August 2020: Advice on Victorian Stage 3 and Stage 4 COVID-19 Restrictions
    • The Association has confirmed that information regarding which health services can continue under Stage 4 restrictions is still under review at the Department of Health. As this review may not be complete until after Stage 4 restrictions are imposed tonight, the following is the advice we are providing members at this time and is subject to change pending further updates from the Department of Health. We will provide members with an update as soon as one is made available by the Department of Health.
  • 3 August 2020: New Restrictions Announced for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria
    • Yesterday, the Premier of Victoria announced changes to the current restrictions in Victoria. Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 lockdown and regional Victoria will be moving to Stage 3 lockdown at 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August. We have sent an email out to all of our Victorian members regarding these new restrictions. We will be sending another email out to our Victorian members as soon as we have clarity from the appropriate Government bodies about the working status of massage therapists under Stage 4.
  • 30 July 2020: Regional Victoria Update on New Requirements
    • A new State Government directive regarding mask wearing in regional Victoria was announced today. We have sent an email to all our Victorian members regarding the new requirements. Please check your email for more details.
  • 21 July 2020: Victoria Update on Mask Requirements
    • Beginning at 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, it will be a requirement of everyone who lives in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to wear a mask or face covering when they leave their house for one of the outlined four reasons.
  • 8 July 2020: Victoria Update on Melbourne Metropolitan Restrictions
    • Beginning at 11.59pm on 8 July, new restrictions have been announced for the Melbourne metropolitan area. The affected suburbs are returning to Stage 3 restrictions. Under Stage 3, therapeutic and remedial massage has been exempted from the list of restricted services.
  • 1 July 2020: Victoria Update on New 'Hot Zone' Restrictions
    • Beginning at 11.59pm on 1 July, new restrictions have been announced for a number of 'hot zones' in Victoria. Regarding how this announcement affects members, the Association is unaware of any restrictions placed on practicing massage and myotherapy in these areas or on clients who live in these areas.
  • 17 April 2020: 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 2020: '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 2020: 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 2020: Western Australia Roadmap to Easing Restrictions Update
    • On Saturday 6 June, Western Australia is set to ease COVID-19 restrictions to Phase 3 of their four-phase recovery roadmap. As part of Phase 3, the following is stated under Wellbeing and health services, '... massage may reopen'.
  • 17 April 2020: 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 2020: 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.'