In Australia, COVID-19 was declared a ‘human biosecurity emergency’ under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (C’th) on 21 March 2020.
Dominic Villa SC has set up a useful collection of Australian legal resources relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Collating together the various statutory instruments that have been enacted by the Commonwealth and State Governments to deal with COVID-19, such as the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 (NSW) and similar orders in other states.
In New Zealand, COVID-19 Response (Urgent Measures) Legislation Act 2020 is an omnibus Act to put in place for the necessary arrangements in order to implement COVID-19 Alert Level 4, or where arrangements are essential to respond effectively to COVID-19.
The Law Society has published a COVID-19 Information page for legal practitioners, listing relevant NZ resources.