The Government’s coronavirus tracing app has been released, and its uptake will play a large part in helping ease restrictions.

It has been called COVIDSafe and will allow authorities to quickly notify people if they have been in contact with someone who has been infected with coronavirus.

The voluntary app can be downloaded now and people can register their details — even using a fake name if they want — from 6:00pm AEST on Sunday.

“The COVIDSafe app is about assisting, finding those cases which may be undiagnosed in the community, helping people get early treatment, helping people have early diagnosis and to ensure that our doctors and nurses, our health workers, our families and friends are protected and that will save lives and protect lives,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said as he launched the app.