The ban excludes Australian citizens and permanent residents.
"We are very mindful of the disruption and economic impacts of these arrangements, but I note Australia is one of 58 countries that has introduced some form of travel restrictions", Mr Morrison said.
"I just want to assure all Australians that we are doing everything we can to keep Australians safe". However, all travelers among this group will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to Australia.
The Chinese embassy says the ban should be lifted, given the World Health Organisation has not recommended travel or trade restrictions on China.
Australia defended its decision to bar people from entering the country from mainland China until at least February 22 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, saying the measure was implemented in the country's best interest.
There are now more than 60,000 confirmed cases of the virus, a lot of them in the province of Hubei where it was first detected, and 1357 people have died.
More than 240 deaths were reported on Wednesday alone, the highest number of fatalities since the virus was first reported in December.
The government's original 14 day ban was put in place to try and stop the spread of coronavirus, now officially known as COVID-19.
"There has been significant growth in Hubei", Dr Murphy said.
There are now 15 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia. In some good news on Thursday, NSW confirmed all four patients diagnosed in the state have now been released from hospital.
A young Melbourne woman, who was on the stranded Diamond Princess cruise ship, has spoken of her shock after testing positive to coronavirus.
The ban has meant more than 100,000 Chinese students have been unable to start university classes in Australia this term, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
The Prime Minister said the government was working closely with schools, universities and the tourism sector.
"We follow the medical advice ... everybody understands the huge implications of these travel bans, and if there's any reason or basis for relaxing them, that advice will come as soon as it's there", Mr Hunt said.