Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    Statement from Premier Mark McGowan

    17/12/2020 3:10 PM

    Following consultation with NSW Health, WA's Chief Health Officer has provided updated advice to the Western Australian Government on our controlled interstate border.


    Due to the evolving situation in New South Wales, with six locally acquired cases recorded so far, the State Government is taking immediate steps under its controlled border arrangements to further protect WA.


    Effective immediately:

    • anyone who has arrived from NSW since December 11 or was in NSW from December 11 and subsequently arrived in WA needs to self-quarantine in a suitable premise as soon as possible;
    • this group of people are required to present for a COVID-19 test in the next 24 hours;
    • they will then need to return to self-quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed;
    • anyone arriving directly from Sydney Airport or from another Australian airport having been in NSW on or after December 11, from this point forward must take a COVID-19 test, either at Perth Airport on arrival, or at another COVID clinic within 24 hours and follow the same self-quarantine requirement until a negative test result is confirmed. 

    Anyone who has arrived from NSW since December 11 will be contacted by WA Police with these instructions, as a result of the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.


    These are extra precautionary and immediate steps the State Government is taking to protect all Western Australians, based on our expert health advice.


    Our Chief Health Officer is in close contact with NSW Health and will provide a further update to the State Government in the next 24 to 48 hours, to determine if further changes are required.


    As I have said previously, we will not hesitate to change our border controls if the health advice recommends.


    I understand these changes will cause some frustration and uncertainty for some people.


    We ask for your patience and understanding as we take these steps to protect the health of all Western Australians.