Federal govt considers phone contact tracing app


Federal govt considers phone contact tracing app

The government is considering developing a smartphone app that will help health authorities conduct COVID-19 contact tracing.

The app, which is modelled off a similar program in Singapore, would record where a user was, who they were close to and for how long.

Mr Morrison said the application would help authorities to quickly alert people who have been in contact with people who contracted COVID-19, but said it would not be mandatory to adopt.

“You wouldn’t be mandatorily required to sign up to these apps. That’s not how Australia works. But I don’t know, you tell me? If people believed and understood that if we could trace people’s contacts quicker and tracked down the coronavirus faster and save people’s lives, which meant we could open our economy up more,” Mr Morrison told 6PR Radio.