I'm still following news for Australia even though I'm not there and it looks like I won't be able to visit family for quite some time. A few things are really interesting to me in that some of the restrictions I find fairly unexpected.
Maybe of interest to those in the USA - of course, although our federations are very different, Australian states have
closed borders with each other. This is something I didn't even realise they would have the power to do, and it causes some quite unfortunate events: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... ansit-deal
As thrifty pointed out, there is a serious outbreak in Victoria. Australia as a whole seemed to be handling the crisis remarkably well, but these slip ups in Victoria have now potentially put the whole country in serious danger. I wouldn't rule out that it can be brought under control, Australia's government is generally fairly competent and I'd like to think the populace can be serious-minded about this, but the situation is definitely looking quite bad for now.
The Australian government has also disallowed Australians fromleaving
the country. Legally, I'm unsure of what the basis is for them doing this but it has passed without comment from any lawyers so I guess there's a law, precedent or something written down somewhere that allows this. Practically, the government has remarked that this is because they need to control the inflow of people (since incoming passengers are being quarantined), and allowing people to leave just means for the most part they'll try to come back after a short holiday and then be in distress and potentially need consular help after they realise flights are being cancelled, are too expensive, or can't afford quarantine on return. They've also said it's to prevent ongoing spread of COVID to other countries, which sure, that's something you can say but it doesn't really line up with any realpolitik.