Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Mental Health; Aboriginal Affairs; Industrial Relations

    WA strengthens border controls with Victoria immediately

    14/07/2021 1:50 PM
     
    • Effective immediately Victoria will move from a 'very low risk' jurisdiction to 'low risk'
    • Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing
    • Latest adjustment to controlled border based on expert health advice  

    Victoria will transition from a 'very low risk' to a 'low risk' jurisdiction immediately following the latest health advice.

     

    Jurisdictions considered 'low risk' are permitted to enter Western Australia without an exemption but are subject to strict conditions including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine.

     

    Under the 'low risk' category, travellers who have been in Victoria or have travelled through Victoria can only enter WA subject to the following strict conditions:

    • present for a COVID-19 test on arrival (within 48 hours) and on day 11;
    • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
    • complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days;
    • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to a self-quarantine premise. 

    All recent arrivals from Victoria need to check for exposure locations via https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites and follow testing and quarantine directions.

     

    The State Government urges Victorian arrivals to monitor for symptoms and present for a COVID-19 test if symptoms develop.

     

    Victoria joins the Australian Capital Territory as a 'low risk' jurisdiction, while New South Wales and Queensland remain at 'medium risk'. All other jurisdictions are classified as 'very low risk'.

     

    WA's border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals.

     

    More information on WA's controlled borders is available at http://www.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Acting Premier Stephen Dawson:

     

    "With the NSW outbreak spreading to Victoria, adjustments to our border with Victoria need to take effect immediately.

     

    "Western Australia has always taken an extra cautious approach to its border controls and this has proven effective in keeping WA safe from COVID-19.

     

    "The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future."

     

    Premier's office - 6552 5000