COVID-19 has not gone away and will remain with us globally for years to come. We are likely to see fluctuations in global and local patterns of infection.
High vaccination rates here in Australia and increased international vaccination coverage, along with baseline measures of staying home when unwell, physical distancing, good hygiene and wearing masks as needed, will all help reduce the risk.
From time to time we can expect other measures to come and go depending on the nature of any new variant and ongoing vaccine protection.
In the long-term, governments expect the virus to become one of several respiratory infections which can be mitigated by effective public health interventions to reduce the risk of infection when outbreaks arise.
For now, COVID-19 remains a threat and we are likely to have periods of less predictable waves of infections to deal with, particularly if new variants emerge or as immunity wanes.