COVID-19 coronavirus: State of Emergency Declarations

Latest information on the measures being taken to protect the community and minimise potential impacts of COVID-19.

On 15 March 2020, Hon Francis Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, declared a State of Emergency in Western Australia with effect from 12am, 16 March 2020, due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The declaration was enabled through section 56 of the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA).

On 16 March 2020, Hon Roger Cook, Minister for Health, declared a Public Health State of Emergency, effective 12am 17 March 2020. The declaration was made under section 167 of the Public Health Act 2016.

Subsequently, directions have been enacted to help protect the Western Australian community. 

Read a message from the State Emergency Coordinator, Commissioner of WA Police, regarding COVID-19.

Western Australia Declaration of State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency

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Read the State of Emergency and Public Health State of Emergency declarations made in response to the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Travel and border: State-wide

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Read the Travel and border: State-wide directions travelling to and from Western Australia in relation to COVID-19.

Regional travel

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Read the Regional travel directions for information on regional travel in Western Australia in relation to COVID-19.

Business and community activity

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Read the Business and community directions for information on specific business and community activities.


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The Health directions relate to COVID-19 testing and other health requirements under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA).

Mandatory vaccination

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Read the Mandatory vaccination directions in Western Australia in relation to COVID-19.

Page reviewed 16 December 2021