Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

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

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Hydrogen Industry; Tourism; Science

    WA’s Safe Transition Plan to provide a soft landing out of pandemic

    5/11/2021 10:00 AM
    • WA's Safe Transition Plan released in line with expert health advice
    • Transition to occur at 90 per cent double dose vaccination rate (12 years and over)
    • Specific transition date to be locked in after a rate of 80 per cent is achieved
    • Baseline public health and social measures implemented at the point of transition
    • World-first transition given WA's unique COVID free position 
    • Modelling shows fewer cases, hospitalisations and deaths at 90 per cent
    • Western Australians urged to Roll Up For WA and get vaccinated now

    The McGowan Government has released Western Australia's Safe Transition Plan to minimise the impact of the virus and keep Western Australians safe for the long term.


    The Plan outlines safe conditions for interstate and international travel and provides certainty on how businesses and WA's way of life can continue safely with the introduction of baseline public health and social measures once COVID-19 enters WA's community.


    With a 90 per cent double dose rate (12 years and older), expected in late January/early February, WA's controlled border will be eased to allow for international and interstate travel from all jurisdictions, with testing and vaccination requirements.


    Interstate arrivals will be required to:

    • be double dose vaccinated (for eligible people);
    • return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure; and
    • undertake a test on arrival in WA (to be phased out, pending a review).

    International arrivals will be required to:

    • be double dose vaccinated (for eligible people);
    • return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure;
    • undertake a test on arrival (to be phased out, pending a review); and
    • complete 14 days quarantine in a designated facility (if high risk, e.g. unvaccinated).

    Interim baseline public health and social measures will be applied to help manage the spread of COVID-19 in WA, pending up-to-date health advice, these include:

    • face masks for some high risk indoor settings (e.g. public transport, hospitals and aged care facilities);
    • proof of vaccination for large events (1,000+), nightclubs and the casino;
    • contact registration (SafeWA) at all public venues;
    • revised COVID Event and Safety Plans; and
    • restricted entry to remote Aboriginal communities, where necessary.

    These baseline measures may increase based on up-to-date health advice at the time.


    WA's Safe Transition Plan's 90 per cent vaccination rate threshold is based on the latest health advice underpinned by WA Health modelling.


    In a world-first, it is expected WA will ease border controls at a point where there is no community transmission.


    Modelling is utilised to illustrate potential scenarios for WA, given there are limited real-life examples to draw from, because of WA's unique COVID-free position.


    WA Health modelling illustrates a slower rise in cases at 90 per cent vaccination compared to an 80 per cent rate and based on a realistic level of tracing, testing, isolation and quarantine measures. 


    This means at a 90 per cent rate, with widespread community transmission, the expected maximum number of general bed hospitalisations on a single day is reduced to 54, compared to 178 general bed hospitalisations, on a comparable day, at an 80 per cent rate. 


    At a 90 per cent rate, general ward beds occupied are reduced by 70 per cent at wide spread transmission and ICU beds occupied are reduced by 75 per cent at the peak, while the cumulative number of deaths is reduced by 63 per cent.


    Modelling summary can be viewed here: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/covid-19-coronavirus-modelling-was-covid-19-transition-plan


    To get vaccinated now, visit http://www.rollupforwa.com.au and to get your proof of vaccination and information on SafeWA contact registration, and WA's Safe Transition Plan, visit http://www.wa.gov.au  


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "WA has done so well over the past 20 months and this has kept us safe and strong.  


    "We've consistently followed the health advice and the success of this is because of all the efforts from Western Australians collectively.


    "This plan sets out how WA will transition in a safe manner and provides a soft landing, with minimal impact on WA's unique way of life.


    "WA's Safe Transition Plan gives certainty to Western Australians so they can make longer term plans and reduces the impact of COVID-19 on our health and economy.


    "Transitioning with zero COVID in the community has never been done before and that's why our transition is unique and will require us to all work together.


    "As I have said before, a specific date for further easing of border controls with higher risk jurisdictions will be set once more than 80 per cent of our eligible population, 12 years and older, has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.


    "Right now, it's more crucial than ever to keep WA safe and we all have a personal responsibility to throw our efforts behind bolstering the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations.


    "Vaccination is the best way out of this once-in-a-one-hundred-year pandemic and sets us up for the long term. We need to do this to protect ourselves, our families, our community and what we've all worked so hard to maintain over the past two years."


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "Bread and butter COVID-19 public health systems such as testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine will be critical levers we need to utilise in the transition.


    "These will complement our vaccination efforts and these along with our baseline public health and social measures such as face masks will be required for the interim as part of our transition.


    "The modelling shows that easing border controls at an 80 per cent vaccination rate will result in 10 times more cases over a year than what a 90 per cent coverage will provide.


    "At a vaccination rate of 90 per cent, there are dramatically fewer cases, hospitalisations and deaths.


    "Nobody in WA should be dying from COVID-19 if this can be prevented.


    "It's important to remember that modelling is not a forecast of the future and it looks at the first 12 months only.


    "Modelling helps our safe transition out of the pandemic because there are limited real world examples to draw on, given our unique position with no community transmission."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Health Minsiter's office - 6552 6500