The State Government has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to implement new restrictions on access into designated regions in Western Australia to protect the health and wellbeing of residents in the Kimberley and remote Aboriginal communities.
From 9pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020, access will be restricted into the following regions:
Under these arrangements, after 9pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020, any person who is outside a designated region can only enter that region if that person:
Within the designated regions and for all remote Aboriginal communities outside these designated regions, the State Government’s Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions will continue to apply.
The directions mean that the only people who can enter a remote Aboriginal community are residents, those providing essential services and supplies, and those entering for family or cultural reasons. Breaches of these directions could attract a fine of up to $50,000.
For more information, visit the State Government's Aboriginal Communities web page.
Aboriginal Community Connectors (Patrols) services are assisting people to return to their home community. Connectors services are helping with booking flights and other transport and ensuring any resident returning can access food and other supplies if needed.
The following services are making contact with people to arrange travel, and the services can also be contacted directly:
There are a range of useful resources available to help remote Aboriginal communities promote safety messages during COVID-19.
For more information, email Covid19rcr@communities.wa.gov.au