Australia’s COVID-19 Policy Response
Australian state and territory governments have responded differently to the challenge of COVID-19. We are tracking these responses in order to understand which policy settings work best to support Australian communities as we live with and suppress the virus.
The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) was designed by Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government to track and compare policy responses around the world, rigorously and consistently. From early 2020, the OxCGRT has been collecting data from more than 180 countries including sub-national data for some countries. Visit ‘The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker’ website to find out more about it.
This project extends the Blavatnik School's Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker to collect sub-national data on public policy responses within Australian states and territories.
Once a minimally viable dataset is established, the Australian sub-national data will be freely available on the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker’s GitHub repository.
The Partnership: Oxford University and the Australian National University
The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods is partnering with Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government to contribute sub-national Australian data to the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker.
The ANU Team is led by Associate Professor Ben Edwards. Ben is an expert in longitudinal studies and combining large-scale surveys and linked administrative data. Lucy Ellen manages the day-to-day running of project. Lucy is a Registered Psychologist with a particular interest in population health and health services research.
Associate Professor Ben Philips
OxCGRT-ANU Partnership Director
OxCGRT-ANU Partnership Project Manager
The most important members of the ANU Team are our dedicated volunteer contributors. Without you this project would not be possible.
Check out the Blavatnik School of Government’s Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker website for information about our project partners.
OxCGRT Stringency and Policy Indices: Australia’s COVID-19 Policy Response:
OxCGRT collects publicly available information on indicators of government responses; grouped as follows
- Closure and containment policies
- Economic response policies
- Public health policies
The data from the indicators is aggregated into a set of four common indices, reporting a number between 1 and 100 to reflect the level of government action on the topics in question:
- an overall government response index (which records how the response of governments has varied over all indicators in the database, becoming stronger or weaker over the course of the outbreak).
- a containment and health index (which combines ‘lockdown’ restrictions and closures with measures such as testing policy and contact tracing, short term investment in healthcare, as well investments in vaccine).
- an economic support index (which records measures such as income support and debt relief).
- as well as the original stringency index (which records the strictness of ‘lockdown style’ policies that primarily restrict people’s behaviour).
Note that these indices simply record the number and strictness of government policies, and should not be interpreted as ‘scoring’ the appropriateness or effectiveness of a country’s response. A higher position in an index does not necessarily mean that a country's response is ‘better’ than others lower on the index.
For more detail and the most up to date information about the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker’s indicators and indices visit the project GitHub repository. The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker codebook and interpretation guides provide detailed information about the data being collected and indices calculated.
Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government:
For enquiries (including media enquiries) about the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker please see the contacts listed at www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/covidtracker.
Australian National University’s Centre for Social Research and Methods:
For media enquiries or interview requests on the Australian project and data, please contact: +61 2 6125 7979 or email@example.com.
Otherwise send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can: COVID19data@anu.edu.au.