- State Government provides assistance and accommodates evacuees from Afghanistan, repatriated by the Commonwealth Government
- Evacuees will be safely quarantined in WA's quarantine hotel system
- All COVID-19 precautions from arrivals to accommodation will be in place to ensure continued safety to WA community
The McGowan Government has stepped up its assistance to the Commonwealth Government with its mission to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
Western Australia is assisting this effort by providing quarantine accommodation in the State's managed quarantine hotels - over the existing international flight cap.
It is expected evacuees will include Australian customs and immigration personnel, consular and foreign service officers, as well as Afghan interpreters and contractors who assisted Australian Defence Force troops.
Staff and contractors at State-managed quarantine hotels are already familiar with COVID-19 precautions, and the transfer of the evacuees from the airport to hotel will be managed by local authorities such as WA Police including a dedicated team overseen by the Department of Health.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Western Australia is pleased to offer its assistance to the Commonwealth Government in the evacuation of these people.
"I want to thank the local teams of workers and officers who will be managing this operation safely.
"The safe return of people who have been undertaking service for our country is paramount given the current circumstances in Afghanistan.
"Western Australia's experience of safely managing the risk of COVID-19 speaks for itself, and when faced with the current situation on the east coast, it makes sense that we offer our assistance by providing quarantine facilities."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"This is a humanitarian response and, as a State, we are best placed to assist.
"The risk of COVID-19 is real, and as a State we continue to take every precaution to protect our community. We have tried and tested systems and processes in place to manage the transfer of international travellers' safety to hotel quarantine."
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