COVID-19 coronavirus: Remote Aboriginal communities - restrictions on entering

Travel restrictions and exemptions for remote Aboriginal communities.

Last updated: 31 July 2020 at 1.14pm

The Kimberley, Shire of Ngaanytjarraku and parts of the East Pilbara reopened to tourists and travellers on Friday, 5 June.

Restrictions on entry to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place to protect the health and wellbeing of residents.

The restrictions are set out in the WA Government’s Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions.

Breaches of restrictions could result in a fine of up to $50,000. Some exemptions apply.

Anyone who is not a resident of a remote Aboriginal community can only enter that region if they are:

  • working or going to school there
  • entering for family or cultural purposes
  • are providing essential services or supplies
  • delivering a community program or activity
  • entering in an emergency.

Travellers can drive through a remote Aboriginal community only if they do not stop or come into contact with any person in the community.

The above exemptions only apply if the person entering the remote community:

  • is not displaying symptoms or awaiting a COVID-19 test result
  • has not received a positive COVID-19 test result
  • has not been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • has not been exposed to COVID-19 or been in an environment where they could be exposed (such as hospitals or aged care facilities) 14 days prior to entry.

Community residents who are already sick before they leave the community can return to their community if they:

  • are away from the community for less than 24 hours; and
  • do not come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus while they are away from the community.

For more information read the Remote Aboriginal Communities Direction (No.3) and the frequently asked questions.

The COVID hotline — 13 COVID (13 26843) — is available for members of the public to ask a range of COVID-19 related questions.

Page reviewed 31 July 2020