Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Belinda Bennett
Professor of Health Law and New Technologies
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Associate Professor James Duffy
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


During the COVID-19 pandemic Australian governments made declarations of emergency to respond to the pandemic. These declarations enabled the use of emergency powers under public health legislation. Public health directions have been made under these powers on issues such as closing state borders, social distancing requirements, domestic quarantine requirements, and requirements to wear face masks.

This project is supported by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

Research activities

This project will involve:

  • analysing the number, scope and duration of emergency declarations and directions made by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments in response to COVID-19
  • quantitative analysis of the declarations and directions
  • literature reviews.

Belinda Bennett will supervise the health law analysis of emergency declarations. James Duffy will supervise the quantitative analysis of the emergency declarations. It is expected that the project will lead to at least one co-authored publication in a leading journal.

This project is expected to run for 20 hours a week, for 6 weeks.


Contact the Graduate Research Centre at for more information on the Vacation Research Experience Scheme.