Travel restrictions

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:

  • Kimberley (comprising all four local government areas)
  • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
  • Parts of the Shire of East Pilbara that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra.

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:

  • is providing essential services or supplies, or
  • has been quarantined from the general public for the previous 14 days.

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.

Return to community assistance

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:

  • Broome: Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation, phone 9192 1662 or 044 754 9545
  • Carnarvon: Emu Services Limited, phone 9259 4003 or 0418 939 671
  • Derby: Garl Garl Walbu Aboriginal Corporation, phone 9193 1665 or 9191 1461
  • Fitzroy Crossing: Marra Worra Worra, phone 9193 0600
  • Geraldton: Midwest Employment & Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEDAC), phone 0448 511 378 or 9921 5046 or email rtc@meedac.com
  • Halls Creek: Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation, phone 9168 6168 or 9168 5363
  • Port Hedland: Bloodwood Tree Association Inc, phone 9138 3010 or 0439 941 431
  • Kalgoorlie: MEEDAC, phone 0448 511 378 or 9921 5046 or email rtc@meedac.com
  • Kununurra: Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation, phone 9168 1528 or 0402 830 553
  • Laverton: MEEDAC, phone 0448 511 378 or 9921 5046 or email rtc@meedac.com
  • Meekatharra: Yulella Incorporated, phone 0456 602 237
  • Mullewa: MEEDAC, phone 0448 511 378 or 9921 5046 or email rtc@meedac.com
  • Newman: Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, phone 9129 5100 or 0487 767 604
  • Perth: Nyoongar Outreach Services, phone 9228 4211 or 0403 228 960
  • Roebourne: Yaandina Family Centre Ltd, phone 9182 1172
  • Wyndham: Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation, phone 9161 1496 or 9161 2965 or 0447 653 839

Resources

There are a range of useful resources available to help remote Aboriginal communities promote safety messages during COVID-19.

Further information

For more information, email Covid19rcr@communities.wa.gov.au