The Western Australian Government has moved to implement its harshest border restrictions yet, by locking down its borders for the first time in history as it tries everything to stop COVID-19 from spreading within Western Australia.
Presently, there are restrictions on every person entering Western Australia, regardless of their residency. Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said airlines had been instructed to refuse Non- Western Australian residents the right to board flights into the state.
Exemptions are in place for people traveling into Western Australia who are involved in:
- Health services;
- Emergency services;
- Transport, freight and logistics;
- Specialist skills not available in Western Australia;
- National or state security; or
- Courts and judicial services.
If you are a fly-in, fly-out worker, you’ll be allowed to come into Western Australia, but you and your family will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
In addition to the state borders being closed, regional border closures remain in place within Western Australia. This means if you are travelling between two of Western Australia ‘s nine regions (Perth and Peel have been combined), you will need a valid reason.
If you do not comply with the border closure restrictions, you could risk a fine of up to $50,000 under the state’s tough laws. If you must travel or are unsure of your rights during this period of uncertainty, please feel free to contact one of our friendly lawyers for an obligation free telephone discussion.