The COVIDSafe app was released by the Australian Government two days ago on the 27th of April with the aim of being able to monitor cases and controlling the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The app allows state and territory officials to monitor who has been in contact with those with the coronavirus, in a much faster and simpler way. The app works through Bluetooth on your mobile device and is able to recognise other devices that also have the app installed and their Bluetooth turned on.
When the app recognises another user, it collects the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other app user’s reference code. The COVIDSafe app does not collect your location.
The government says on the website that for the app to be effective, users should have the app running when they are out and about, going about their daily routine and crossing paths with others.
You will receive daily notifications to ensure the app is running.
To find out more about the COVIDSafe app and how it will work if you do come into contact with someone who has contracted the coronavirus, click the link below: