More public health measures phased out following WA’s soft landing

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The changes will take effect throughout June 2022.
A graphic showing updates to vaccination requirements, travel to remote communities and international travel.

Based on the latest health advice, the following restrictions will change:

  • removal of arrivals cap on unvaccinated international arrivals and quarantine for returning unvaccinated Australians and permanent residents
  • mandatory vaccination policy updated in line with health advice to only apply to workforces working with the most vulnerable
  • access to remote Aboriginal communities will be permitted, however some communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions.

Some baseline measures remain and will continue to be monitored by the Chief Health Officer, including isolation and testing requirements for close contacts and positive cases, mask wearing in some public settings, and proof of vaccination and visitor limits in limited settings.

Unvaccinated international arrivals – Changes effective Wednesday 1 June 2022

Returning unvaccinated Australians and permanent residents will no longer be quarantined for seven days on return to WA.

Unvaccinated non-Australians are not permitted to enter Australia under Commonwealth orders.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy – Changes effective Friday 10 June 2022

WA’s mandatory vaccination policy will be updated in line with health advice and will only apply to workforces working with the most vulnerable to protect them from severe disease.

This means workers in the following sectors must be triple dose vaccinated to be able to enter to their workplace:

  • Healthcare and health support workers in hospitals and primary health care settings;
  • Workers in residential aged care; and,
  • Workers in residential disability settings.

Removal of travel restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities – Changes effective Wednesday 15 June 2022

From Wednesday 15 June, restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities will be removed given the wider spread of COVID-19 across the state and in line with health advice. However, communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions.

The lifting of the ban will allow communities to continue their operations in areas such as tourism, community stores, arts and cultural centres.

The two-week transition period will allow communities to plan and adjust to these changes and the approach follows consultation with a number of key stakeholders.

The WA Government will continue to work with and support the communities to facilitate them through the transition.

Page reviewed 1 June 2022