Department of Water and Environmental Regulation COVID-19 update

End of COVID-19 lockdown transition and return to business as usual at DWER

The department has moved out of the COVID-19 lockdown transition and resumed services as they were prior to 31 January 2021.

This means that we have returned to full business as usual in Perth and Peel offices, and all other offices continue to be open for business.

We managed to maintain a high level of service through the lockdown period, with 90 per cent of our staff mobilised and working from home within 24 hours, and staff returned to offices last week.

All of our premises are now using SafeWA, a digital contact register system for visitors.

If you do not have the app, a paper-based contact register will also be available. If you have any questions about the use of SafeWA in DWER premises you can email

All planned and ongoing activities including compliance inspections and regulation visits, have resumed.

Caretaker mode

The WA Government is in caretaker mode ahead of the upcoming State General Election on Saturday, 13 March.

During this period, the ordinary business of government service delivery and administration continues.

Our staff have been advised of the activities that are and are not permissible during the caretaker period and clarification from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet will be sought where necessary.

Page reviewed 17 February 2021