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Current mask rules in every state and territory (June 2022)

Posted: 1 June 2022 3:30 pm

COVID may be far in the back of your mind right now, but cases remain high and each state and territory has a unique set of mask rules.

With both domestic and international borders open, and Australia's vaccine program in full swing, COVID is beginning to feel like a thing of the past, despite high case numbers and positivity rates. The concept of treating COVID like common illnesses such as the flu and the cold appears to have come to fruition.

Despite this, mask rules are still in place in some form in every single state and territory. Now is the perfect time to refresh your memory on when and where you are required to wear a mask throughout Australia.

Keep in mind, while face masks are not required in schools on a state level in most of Australia, individual schools will have their own rules on mask-wearing.

Mask rules throughout Australia

Australia mask rules

Mask rules in New South Wales

You must wear a face mask in New South Wales if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • In airports
  • At a public hospital or private health facility (including private hospitals and day procedure centres)
  • In residential care facilities or hostels
  • In indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people
  • On public transport and public transport waiting areas (including in taxis and rideshare services)
  • At a cruise terminal
  • On a domestic commercial aircraft (including when the aircraft is flying above New South Wales)
  • If you are a household contact of a COVID case and you are out of your home

Find out more about NSW's face mask rules here.

Mask rules in Victoria

You must wear a face mask in Victoria if you are over the age of 8 in the following settings:

  • On public transport, in taxis/rideshare services and in tourism vehicles
  • While in a publicly accessible space at an airport and while inside an aircraft (for ages 12 and over)
  • While visiting a hospital, care facility or any other indoor space that is a publicly accessible area in a healthcare setting, including allied health settings
  • In a public indoor space if you are a close contact
  • Working in an indoor space that is a publicly accessible area of a court or justice centre
  • In an indoor space that is a publicly accessible area of a healthcare facility, including at an allied health facility
  • Working in a resident-facing role in an indoor space at a care facility, including when not interacting with residents
  • Working in an indoor space at a prison, police gaol, remand centre, youth residential centre, youth justice centre or post-sentence facility
  • After being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results
  • If you have COVID-19 or are a close contact and are leaving the premises for a permitted reason

Face masks are strongly recommended if you:

  • Are in an indoor setting
  • Can't physically distance, such as at entry or exit points to large events
  • Have any COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • Are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19

Find out more about Victoria's face mask rules here.

Mask rules in Queensland

You must wear a face mask in Queensland if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • In healthcare settings, residential aged care, disability accommodation, prisons or detention centres
  • On public transport, including while waiting on the platform or at a stop
  • In a taxi, rideshare vehicle or commercial shuttle, including while waiting at a taxi rank or pick-up area
  • In airports and on planes
  • When outside of your home or accommodation if you have a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees, you have COVID-19 symptoms or you're awaiting a COVID-19 PCR test result
  • If you're diagnosed with COVID-19, are a close contact, or are an international traveller (in accordance with other public health directions)

Find out more about Queensland's face mask rules here.

Mask rules in Western Australia

You must wear a face mask in Western Australia if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Aged care facilities, residential care facilities including disability service facilities and mental health residential facilities
  • Public and passenger transport, including taxis and rideshare vehicles, tour buses and school buses
  • Correctional facilities

Find out more about WA's face mask rules here.

Mask rules in South Australia

You must wear a face mask in South Australia if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • Disability care facilities
  • Residential aged care facilities
  • Prisons, correctional facilities or training centres
  • Public or private hospitals
  • Health care services
  • Pharmacies
  • Pathology collection centres
  • Passenger transport services (including taxis, rideshare and other hire or charter vehicle arrangements)
  • Airports and airplanes
  • If you are a close contact leaving the house within 7 days of exposure

In schools, face masks are required for all adults (including visitors), except impeding the ability to teach. Masks are also required for students in years 7 to 12 and are strongly recommended for students in years 3 to 6. Find out more about South Australia's face mask rules here.

Mask rules in Tasmania

You must wear a face mask in Tasmania if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • All close contacts when leaving the home
  • All workers who have an exemption from mandatory vaccination requirements in their workplace
  • Hospitals (not patients)
  • Residential aged care facilities (not residents) and in-home and community aged care
  • Residential disability care facilities (not residents) and in-home care, including disability support provider and NDIS-funded services
  • Correctional facilities (not prisoners/detainees)
  • Health care and medical facilities and services/treatments, including allied health
  • Primary (teachers/staff/visitors only) and secondary schools (including students)
  • Early childhood services, including childcare
  • Public transport e.g. buses, passenger ferries, taxis and rideshare services
  • Airports and aircraft
  • The Spirit of Tasmania and ports

Find out more about Tasmania's mask rules here.

Mask rules in the Northern Territory

You must wear a face mask in the Northern Territory if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Aged care facilities
  • Disability residential facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Family violence, sobering up and homeless shelters
  • At all airports and while onboard aircraft
  • If you have left isolation after being a positive case in the last 7 days

Get a full list of exemptions here.

Mask rules in the ACT

You must wear a face mask in the ACT if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • For household contacts aged 12 years and over in any indoor setting that is not their own home
  • On public transport, including a public bus, light rail vehicle, taxi, rideshare vehicle, hire car or demand response service vehicle, including drivers of vehicles, while transporting passengers
  • Staff and visitors entering a high-risk setting, which includes hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional centres, detention place or other places of custody, residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease
  • Staff who are providing a service to a person with a disability which is funded or provided: under the National Disability Insurance scheme under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 of the Commonwealth; or by the ACT Government for the primary purpose of providing support to people living with disability, including the Special Needs Transport and Flexible Bus Service operated by the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate
  • Staff who are working for an in-home and community aged care provider including an approved provider for whom a home care subsidy or a flexible care subsidy is payable under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth), or service provider of a Commonwealth-funded aged care service, as defined in the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018, delivering services outside of a residential aged care facility setting
  • In Canberra Airport and on domestic flights into and out of Canberra Airport

Find out more about the ACT's face mask rules here.

Where to buy masks

Realising you need a greater supply of masks than you currently own? Check out the best vendors for buying face masks throughout Australia.

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Quality Medical Supplies

Quality Medical Supplies

Quality Medical Supplies

Australian-owned business Quality Medical Supplies has a range of lab-tested KN95 masks in stock in various quantities.

  • 40% off everything until June 30th
  • Bulk mask packs available
  • 100% Australian-owned and operated
  • CE- and FDA-certified
Go to Quality Medical Supplies
Aussie Pharma Direct

Aussie Pharma Direct

Aussie Pharma Direct offers quality 100% Australian-made and owned healthcare products that meet Australian compliance standards.

  • Cutting-edge nanofibre filter which filters 99.66% of airborne particulates
  • P2 masks with a nanofibre filter that last longer than P2 masks
  • 4 layers to help protect you against airborne viruses
  • Certified P2 Aus/NZ standard AS/NZS 1716:2012 (N95 standard)
  • TGA registered (ARTG #335981)
  • Free shipping for orders over $50
Go to Aussie Pharma Direct
Australian Mask Specialist

Australian Mask Specialist

Australian Mask Specialist offers quality masks with a guarantee, so you can be assured that you're buying legitimate products.

  • Available in packs ranging from 5–100 KN95 masks
  • Dispatch in 1–2 days
  • Shipping available Australia-wide
Go to Australian Mask Specialist
Affordable Masks

Affordable Masks

Affordable Masks stocks certified surgical masks in packs of 50.

  • Certified by the TGA Australia
  • Masks tested and certified to international standards
Go to Affordable Masks
Healthcare Store

Healthcare Store

Healthcare Store is an Australian-owned and operated company offering a variety of affordable and safe face masks.

  • TGA certified P2, KN95 and 3-ply masks
  • Free express postage within Australia
  • Orders sent within 24 hours
  • Bulk discounts available
Go to Healthcare Store


Kogan is one of Australia's favourite shopping destinations. It sells face masks from the most popular brands (such as 3M) in packs of 20 or more.

  • Free shipping on selected products
  • 14-day money-back guarantee on Kogan-brand products
  • Responsive customer service team
Go to Kogan

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eBay has multiple sellers, so delivery times can vary. You can search by guaranteed delivery date to see which mask will reach you the fastest.

  • Wide selection available
  • Free delivery on some items with eBay Plus membership
  • Sort sellers by estimated delivery date
Go to eBay

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Although Amazon doesn't stock first-class masks, similar P2 masks are available. You can find a wide range of P2 masks thanks to the variety of sellers at hand.

  • Sign up to Amazon Prime and get free shipping and returns on some items
  • Trusted online marketplace
  • See customer ratings before buying
Go to Amazon

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Looking to purchase other types of masks? See our guide for where to buy P2, N95 and KN95 face masks online.

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