COVID-19 coronavirus: Latest updates

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Last updated: 15 July 2020 at 11.55am

WA's recent low numbers are encouraging, and the WA Government thanks the community for playing their part and taking this seriously.

We cannot be complacent and need everyone in WA to stay the course. This will give us the best chance of protecting every Western Australian.


Key announcements

Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap pushed back

10 July 2020

Based on the latest health advice, Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented on Saturday, 18 July, has been pushed back.

The new tentative date will now be Saturday, 1 August.

A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be decided in about 2 weeks’ time.

International arrivals to pay for hotel quarantine

10 July 2020

Effective from Friday, 17 July, all international arrivals will be required to pay for their 14 days of hotel quarantine.

For more information visit the Paying for hotel quarantine in WA Frequently asked questions.

Tougher regime on Victorian arrivals into WA

9 July 2020

Given the serious situation in Victoria, Western Australia’s border with the east coast will be further tightened from midnight Friday, 10 July (11.59pm Thursday, 9 July).

No one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in Victoria in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

Anyone permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria for the previous 14 days will be required to go to a COVID Clinic for testing on day 11 of their time in Western Australia or at any point when symptoms develop.

COVID Safety Plans key to reopening WA businesses

15 May 2020

Businesses across Western Australia need to prepare a COVID Safety Plan before they reopen, to protect staff and customers.

Find out more about COVID Safety Plans for business.


Latest news

Support for people who are vulnerable or homeless

15 July 2020

A new supported housing facility will be built and additional funding for homelessness services will be provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobs created and local businesses supported as crowds return to major events

14 July 2020

Significant crowds will return to watch 2 games of the Australian Football League at Optus Stadium on Thursday, 16 July and Sunday, 19 July.

More than 1400 casual staff, security and cleaners will be employed over the 2 games.

Local businesses are also set to benefit with 85 per cent of suppliers at the stadium being from WA.

Planning reforms cut red tape and support economic recovery

13 July 2020

The Planning and Development Amendment Act 2020, recently passed by Parliament, amends the existing legislation with new provisions to cut red tape and support job-creating projects.

Cap on international arrivals to Perth Airport

10 July 2020

From Sunday, 12 July, Western Australia will receive a maximum of 525 international passengers per week, or about 75 a day, for an initial 4-week period.

This will slow the flow of international arrivals to ensure WA can continue to manage quarantine arrangements to the highest standard. Any increase in arrivals into Perth airport put pressure on resourcing and quarantine systems.

Incentives for employers who take on displaced apprentices

2 July 2020

To support displaced apprentices and trainees during the State’s COVID-19 recovery, employers are being offered financial incentives to hire them.  

Up to $6000 of financial support is available until 30 June 2021.

$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector

2 July 2020

The WA Government has announced a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash TAFE fees by up to 72 per cent for thousands of Western Australians as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

Support for regional arts and galleries

2 July 2020

A $1 million grants program for the regional arts sector and $195,000 relief fund for regional art galleries has been announced to support ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia’s regions.


Travel to and around WA

WA State border closure

Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. You cannot enter Western Australia without an exemption.

For more information visit COVID-19: Advice on travelling to and around Western Australia.

Returning to Australia from international travel

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident arriving back in Australia, you’ll be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.

You will be given suitable accommodation to stay in during this period.

However, you will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections, until the 14-day mandatory quarantine period has been completed.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller.


Health and wellbeing

Hygiene

Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 — this means following good hygiene habits and exercising physical distancing.

More information on hygiene.

Hospital visiting hours

Visiting conditions at Western Australian public hospitals were tightened to limit the flow of people through hospitals to better protect patients and staff. As part of Phase 4, they have been partially eased.

For more information see hospital visiting hours.


Business and industry

Support for small and medium businesses

The WA Government is investing $114 million to support small and medium businesses.

More information on how we are supporting small and medium businesses.

Commercial tenants and landlords

The WA Government has set aside $100 million for land tax relief grants for commercial landlords.

More information on financial relief for commercial landlords.

$1 billion COVID-19 economic and health relief package unveiled

The WA Government has announced a $1 billion economic and health relief package to support Western Australian businesses, households and community groups, and to boost the response by health and frontline services to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information see COVID-19 economic and health relief package.


Community

Prohibited activities and venues

Restrictions relating to food and drinks, retail, beauty and personal care services, entertainment venues, leisure and recreation and non-residential institutions remain in place.

For more information see prohibited activities and venues.

Aged care and the elderly

Protecting the elderly is a priority. Restrictions have been placed on visits to aged care facilities.

For more information see aged care facilities.

Your consumer rights

Consumer Protection has issued information about your rights related to tenancy, shopping, services, events and travel affected by COVID-19.

For more information visit COVID-19 Consumer Protection FAQ.


Support for tenants and landlords

The WA Government has announced support for tenants and landlords, adding to the $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households.

For more information visit COVID-19 coronavirus: Western Australian Government response.


Other useful information


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COVID-19 advice in other languages

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Page reviewed 15 July 2020
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