This was despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously announcing cruise ships would be banned from entering Australian ports.
Australian health authorities on Thursday said that deaths due to the Coronavirus outbreak in the country has touched 12 along with the demise of three elderly persons while the total number of infections has risen to almost 2,800.
Mr Outram said it was not the ABF's responsibility to assess the health of passengers who disembark a cruise ship.
Of these 26 cases, four are passengers from cruise ships including the Ruby Princess, Sun Princess and Voyager of the Seas.More news: Coronavirus: Obama joins Stephen Curry's talk with Dr. Fauci
Australian authorities are demanding a German cruise ship leave Australian waters after it received confirmation that seven of its passengers are positive for COVID-19.
About 800 of the passengers are Australian and will be taken to nearby Rottnest Island for a 14-day quarantine period, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan told reporters.
Sydney: Australia ordered two cruise ships to leave its waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection in the country's coronavirus outbreak. The premier said he discussing with federal authorities whether ill passengers could be air-lifted to a military base or similar for treatment.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the infected passengers were not in a situation where they needed to come off the ship.More news: United Kingdom woman, 21, dies from coronavirus despite no pre-existing health issues
While Australian citizens and permanent residents will be quarantined on the island of Rottnest when the Vasco de Gama ship arrives at the port of Fremantle, western Australia, non-nationals will have to remain on the ship.
The Vasco da Gama was scheduled to dock in Perth on Friday morning but will instead arrive on Monday to allow time for arrangements to be made on Rottnest island. More than 100 other passengers, from Britain and New Zealand, will be quarantined on the ship. Germany's Phoenix Reisen, owner of the Artania and Britain's Cruise & Maritime Voyages, which owns the Vasco da Gama, was not immediately available for comment.
DFAT "continues to work closely with the cruise industry and cruise line operators to provide advice to Australian passengers on cruise ships with itineraries impacted by COVID-19", a spokesperson said.
The closure of non-essential services such as bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas, has left hundreds of thousands instantly unemployed.More news: Dupe who licked toilet bowl in 'coronavirus challenge' now in hospital