Department of Water and Environmental Regulation COVID-19 update

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is an agile organisation taking the right steps to provide a high level of service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes following the WA Government’s Updated Safe Transition Plan.
Last updated: 7 April 2022

We are committed to keeping you informed about the things we have been doing to ensure we keep delivering our services and statutory functions, with transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Vaccinated workforce

Our workforce is compliant with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and meets vaccination requirements for external site visits.

Having our workforce ready and able to work throughout the state is one important way we will continue to ensure a high level of service, including our important regulatory functions.

Business continuity planning

Based on our experience responding to the pandemic over the last two years, and informed by the WA Government’s Updated Safe Transition Plan, we are updating our business continuity plan.

DWER representatives will communicate regularly, when required, with our stakeholders to ensure clarity of service provision and responsibilities during any potential disruptions as a result of COVID-19. 

We also want to hear from you and better understand how we can respond or help your business from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Meetings with DWER

To keep our workforce and workplace safe and healthy, and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at this time, we have directed that our staff shift all face-to-face meetings to online videoconferencing or teleconference, where possible.

COVID-19 QR code check-in no longer required for DWER offices

The WA Government has advised that contact registration is now only required at higher-risk venues and events, the full list can be found here.

To align with current WA Government protocols, QR code (SafeWA or Services WA app) check-in is no longer required for attendance at DWER offices.

If you are required to visit a DWER office, you must still sign into offices using the visitors' register and ensure you wear a mask indoors at all times inside the department’s offices.

For more information about DWER visit our website.

Regulatory position statements

DWER has developed regulatory position statements. This information sets out our expectations of those we regulate, how we will deliver our regulatory functions and what to do if you experience regulatory difficulties as a result of COVID-19.