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WA’s strong progress enables further easing of restrictions20283Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2830html5/03/2021 5:18:33 AM2021-03-05T04:45:00Z Most outdoor and indoor venues will have increased capacity of up to 75 per cent Victoria set to transition to 'very low risk' category pending no further outbreaks Changes effective from 12.01am on Monday, March 15, 2021 International arrivals cap safely increases for Western AustraliaThe latest public health advice has recommended changes which will encourage more people into venues to support local businesses and will allow for safe travel arrangements into Western Australia from Victoria. Pending no further outbreaks and the latest health advice, the changes will come into effect from 12.01am on Monday, March 15. Increased capacity of up to 75 per cent will be allowed at outdoor and indoor venues including restaurants, cafes, food courts, and bars; indoor and outdoor auditoriums and amphitheatres; theatres; concert halls; cinemas; comedy lounges; performing arts centres; places of worship; function centres; community, recreation or youth centre or facilities, including community halls and sporting clubs including but not limited to Community halls, sporting clubs, Returned and Services League facilities and Police and Community Youth Centres; WA's major stadiums (Optus Stadium, HBF Park, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium - Main Arena); funeral parlours.If the 2 square metre rule is greater than 75 per cent capacity, the greater option will be permitted for these particular venues and events. The 2 square metre rule will continue to apply to all other unfixed seating venues and facilities including nightclubs; unseated events/festivals (music, beer, wine, cultural etc.); galleries; libraries Sport and recreation facilities including gyms, recreation centres, group fitness classes and indoor and outdoor swimming pools museums; amusement parks; wildlife parks and the zoo; adult entertainment premises (including but not limited to strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues); Outdoor venues with unfixed seating, including pop-up bars and outdoor cinemas Events with a COVID Event Plan Pop-up events (i.e. Fringe festival - tents with auditorium seating for performances) casino and gambling venues; and arcades.Victoria will transition from 'low risk' to 'very low risk' at 12.01am, on Monday, March 15, pending no further outbreaks. Under the 'very low risk' category, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following updated conditions completion of 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; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test; travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked. This will be the first time all Australian jurisdictions have been classified 'very low risk' category under WA's controlled border arrangements and is a positive outcome following the application of cautious and safe public health measures. WA's international arrival cap increased from 512 to 900 this week, as agreed with the Commonwealth. The cap will then increase further and return to 1,025 from March 26 - making WA the state accepting the most returning Australians per capita. Since early January, WA has been taking 512 arrivals from overseas each week because of the heightened risks associated with the concerning COVID situations overseas. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These changes can now be made due to the hard work of Western Australians, which has enabled the virus to be controlled and ensured there is no community spread in WA. "Increasing the capacity limit to 75 per cent capacity for both indoor and outdoor venues including restaurants, clubs, cafés, bars and places of worship will further benefit patrons as well as boost our business owners and operators. "Potential outbreaks from international travellers are still our country's biggest threat, and as we increase the number of overseas arrivals, it will make these risks even more prominent. "This is further complicated by the new strains of the virus and outbreaks internationally so while we ease restrictions even further, we need to lift our game when it comes to personal hygiene and checking in using SafeWA - to help keep us safe." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This is a great outcome for business and entertainment venues everywhere. "The State Government will continue to work with them on how they operate in a COVID-safe way as we come out of this crisis. "Public health, physical distancing and mass gathering measures continue to be highly effective in keeping WA safe. "As the State Government looks forward to these new measures it is timely to remind everyone to keep using the SafeWA app to help our contact tracing teams. "There have been more than 70 million scans of SafeWA at venues, which is phenomenal. "But even though there is no COVID-19 in the community we cannot afford to become complacent or take our good fortune for granted." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Royal Commission to be held into Crown Perth’s suitability to hold licence20282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1060html5/03/2021 1:54:55 AM2021-03-05T01:00:00Z Royal Commission will examine Crown Perth's operations and existing regulatory frameworks Three Commissioners have been appointed Commission expected to deliver interim findings in June and final report in November Western Australia will hold a Royal Commission into the suitability of Crown Perth to continue holding a casino gaming licence following the findings of the Bergin Inquiry. The Commission will also examine the State's regulatory framework including any actual or perceived conflicts of interest by officers involved in casino regulation, and any matters that might enhance the Gaming and Wagering Commission's future capability and effectiveness. The Commissioners will be Former Supreme Court Judge Neville Owen AO, former Supreme Court Judge Lindy Jenkins and former Auditor General for Western Australia Colin Murphy PSC. The Honourable Neville Owen was a Supreme Court Judge from 1991 to 2010 and at the time of his retirement in 2010 was the senior judge on the Court of Appeal. From 2001 to 2003, he headed the HIH Insurance Royal Commission examining the collapse of the insurer and was the trial judge in the Bell Group Litigation. The Honourable Lindy Jenkins served on the Supreme Court from 2004 to 2020. She has appeared as counsel in all courts in WA, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia, and has been chair of the Law Reform Commission since September 2020. Colin Murphy PSC has extensive experience in finance and administration in State and Commonwealth Government roles. As the State's independent Auditor General for more than 11 years, he implemented a number of innovations in the development of standards and processes in governance and public administration. The Royal Commission is expected to deliver an interim report in relation to the regulatory framework by June 30, 2021 and a final report with findings and recommendations by November 14, 2021. It was recommended that a Royal Commission, rather than an inquiry, be held to provide appropriate protections are in place for the Commissioners and witnesses. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "The Royal Commission will provide the next State Government with a thorough and independent examination of the suitability of Crown Perth to hold a casino licence following the Bergin Inquiry's findings of suspected money laundering and junkets linked to organised crime. "The Commission will also closely examine the State's current regulatory framework, the functions of the Gaming and Wagering Commission and provide recommendations for enhancing future regulatory capabilities and effectiveness. "The Gaming and Wagering Commission has already directed Crown to no longer hold junkets and to obtain the Commission's approval to establish gaming bank accounts to ensure the activities highlighted in the Bergin Inquiry cannot occur. "The State's regulators have also formed working groups with their eastern state's counterparts to ensure consistence for any future regulatory reform." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Ombudsman to investigate delays in notifying families about deaths of loved ones20281Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9770html2/03/2021 10:24:15 AM2021-03-02T09:00:00Z Ombudsman WA to conduct independent investigation and report to Parliament Ombudsman WA will investigate why the family of Joyce Savage was not notified of her death by the Office of the Public Advocate. Attorney General John Quigley today referred the matter to the Ombudsman, Chris Field, who has indicated he will conduct an investigation pursuant to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1971 (WA). In 2019 the Public Advocate was appointed as a limited guardian of Ms Savage with functions relating to accommodation, treatment and the provision of services. Mr Quigley said that this matter warranted an independent investigation into what happened. The Attorney General's office was made aware this afternoon of two other families who have raised concerns about delays in being notified of their loved ones' deaths. Mr Quigley has requested that details of these cases be forwarded to the Ombudsman for inclusion in his investigation. Further questions about the investigation should be directed to Ombudsman WA. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I am pleased Mr Field has indicated his preparedness to investigate this matter. "The Ombudsman, the key agency responsible for investigating and resolving complaints about the decision-making of public agencies, reports to Parliament and is completely independent of the Government. "I am confident Mr Field will apply the rigour and forensic oversight this situation warrants. "I have been assured that his report will be tabled in the Parliament when it is completed." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
State Government partners with Rio Tinto to build new Tom Price hospital20279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19790html26/02/2021 5:00:25 AM2021-02-26T05:00:00Z New, fit for purpose hospital for Tom Price community Funding Contribution Deed signed prior to caretaker period $32.8 million investment includes a $20 million contribution from Rio Tinto The 54-year-old Tom Price Hospital will be rebuilt and replaced with a new $32.8 million facility, after a funding agreement was signed between the State Government and Rio Tinto. The $32.8 million investment is supported by a $20 million contribution from Rio Tinto, and will go towards providing the local community with a long awaited, contemporary, fit for purpose facility. Planning for the new facility is already underway and the design is anticipated to include a modern emergency department with private interview room, consulting rooms for visiting services and a four-bed inpatient ward. New medical imaging equipment and digitally enabled telehealth services will enable care to be provided closer to home and on-country for local communities. As well as servicing Tom Price and Paraburdoo mining towns, the new facility will provide care for local Aboriginal communities of Wakathuni, Youngaleena and Bellary Springs, along with the large number of tourists who visit nearby Karijini National Park each year. Service delivery will continue at the existing hospital throughout the redevelopment. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The State Government has worked with Rio Tinto to replace the ageing Tom Price Hospital, which will service local families, as well as local Aboriginal communities. "Rio Tinto is investing $1 billion in Western Turner Syncline Phase 2 which will create 1,000 jobs at peak construction while sustaining Western Turner Syncline operations. "The new hospital facilities will be available to the workers and their families." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The signing of a Funding Contribution Deed formalises the partnership between the Department of Health and Rio Tinto to start the replacement of Tom Price Hospital. "Early planning is looking at how services can be integrated and supported by digital technology to improve access and provide patients with timely care close to home." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Joint media statement - $18.1 million to support communities affected by the Wooroloo bushfire20278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18920html25/02/2021 12:22:26 AM2021-02-24T23:00:00Z Western Australian communities impacted by the devastating Wooroloo Bushfire are set to receive an $18.1 million recovery package to provide support for ongoing recovery efforts. The recovery package is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) through a Category C Community Recovery Fund. Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Wooroloo Bushfire burnt over 10,000 hectares across the local government areas of Swan and Mundaring. "This bushfire severely impacted the community, endangering lives and destroying 86 homes, with many more damaged," Minister Littleproud said. "People have been displaced and traumatised, essential services have been disrupted and affected communities now face a difficult and prolonged recovery. "The physical and emotional damage of the bushfire has taken a heavy toll, which is why this package will be directed to assist the clean-up effort and the community recovery and outreach program aimed at improving access to both financial and counselling support. "The Australian Government will continue to work with the Western Australian Government, local governments and community organisations to support those that have been affected by these devastating fires." Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said that given the level of damage to residential properties, it was important that government stepped in to ensure a coordinated clean-up effort. "The residential clean-up program will assist residents in the local government areas of Swan and Mundaring whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by the bushfire," Minister Logan said. "Assistance will be provided for the clean-up and safe removal of bushfire debris from affected residential blocks. "We are working with the Insurance Council of Australia and its members to ensure this clean-up program helps to maximise the insurance benefits for all those impacted. "Funding will also be provided to engage additional recovery officers to work with bushfire affected communities and local governments over the next 24 months. "This will help us understand the recovery needs of affected communities and to undertake locally-led and community-driven activities which support the long-term recovery." This community recovery package is in addition to the support already being provided by the Western Australian and Commonwealth governments under the DRFA. Emergecy Services Minister's office - 6552 6300​
Victoria set to move to low risk from Saturday February 2020277Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements34400html18/02/2021 2:34:41 AM2021-02-16T16:00:00Z Effective 12.01am, Saturday, February 20, Victoria is expected to become 'low risk' Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing Cautious approach comes after Victoria has managed to get situation under control Transition based on latest health advice and controlled border arrangements Pending no further outbreaks and based on the latest public health advice, WA's controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted with Victoria from 12.01am Saturday, February 20, with travel under the 'low risk' category permitted into WA, subject to the following strict conditions complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days; self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise; present for a COVID-19 test on day 11; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival; be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise. All other jurisdictions except Victoria are considered 'very low risk' and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements. The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls. 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 Premier Mark McGowan "People in Victoria have endured a lot over the past year and we our thoughts are with them as they continue to take a careful approach with their restrictions but it is pleasing they have managed to get on top of their situation quickly. "The transition to 'low risk', which is expected on Saturday, still means people need to quarantine and undertake COVID-19 testing however it does allow for more safe travel, and we can do this because of the controlled interstate border arrangements. "What we witnessed with Victoria's latest situation and WA's recent outbreak is that international arrivals continue to be Australia's biggest threat of COVID-19. "We cannot and must not let our guard down, which is why I'd encourage everyone to keep up our COVID safe principles like signing in on contact registers, maintaining personal hygiene and ensuring you get tested if you have symptoms. These are so vital in keeping WA safe." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Victoria has made excellent progress since the most recent outbreak. "So it is encouraging that the State can now be moved back to low-risk. "Nothing can ever be taken for granted in this unpredictable battle against COVID-19, especially with the dangerous new strains. "Western Australia has done remarkably well so far. "Can I remind everyone to remember the basics of good personal hygiene, physical distancing, get tested and stay home if you are unwell, and keep using the SafeWA app." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Return to pre-lockdown life from 12.01am Sunday, February 1420223Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements27570html12/02/2021 4:21:33 AM2021-02-11T16:00:00Z Transitional restrictions to end as planned, pending no new local cases Perth and Peel to return to pre-lockdown life at 12.01am Sunday, February 14 Contact registers are mandatory for most businesses and venues No requirement to continue wearing masks, no restriction on travel within WA COVID safe principles to continue to help keep WA safe Controlled Interstate Border to be updated for New South Wales and Victoria Hard border re-instated with Victoria for 72 hours, pending a reviewThe Perth and Peel restrictions will end as planned at 12.01am, Sunday, February 14. This means the whole of Western Australia will return to the pre-lockdown conditions, as experienced prior to 6pm on Sunday, January 31. The Chief Health Officer has advised that the full 14-day incubation period is on track to run its course, with no indication of any community transmission. As a result, from Sunday masks will no longer be required to be worn either inside or outside, there will be no travel restrictions in WA, except for remote Aboriginal communities and mandatory contact registration will continue, as was planned prior to the lockdown. WA's controlled interstate border and capacity restrictions which were in place prior to the snap five-day lockdown will be in place, pending ongoing health advice. Western Australians should continue to practise physical distancing where possible, maintain good personal hygiene at all times and get tested when unwell. It is vital that all Western Australians ensure they are registering their contact details, at businesses and venues where contact registers are mandatory, to assist contact tracing if it is required. As was the case before the lockdown, public or private events involving more than 500 patrons that require local government authority approval will need an approved COVID Event Plan as part of that process. The Chief Health Officer has also given updated advice on the situation in NSW, with the last community case of COVID-19 recorded on January 15, NSW is due to reach 28 days of no community transmission today. As a result, NSW will move from 'low risk' to 'very low risk' at 12.01am, on Tuesday, February 16, pending no further outbreaks. Under the 'very low risk' category, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following updated conditions completion of 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; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test; travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked. This will mean all other Australian jurisdictions will be classified in the 'very low risk' category, except Victoria. Given the concerning situation in Victoria, the Chief Health Officer has recommended Victoria be reclassified as 'medium risk' for a short period, until the situation is controlled. As a result, Victoria arrivals at Perth Airport today will be tested at the airport before going into their 14 days of self-quarantine. Beginning tonight, from 6pm, the 'medium risk' category will come into force until at least 12.01am, Tuesday, February 16, pending updated health advice. The 72 hour hard border with Victoria means only exempt travellers are permitted. The exemption list is limited to certain senior Government officials; certain active military personnel; a member of the Commonwealth Parliament; a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth; a person responsible for transport freight or logistics; and anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to Victoria recently and need to return to WA. These people will be assessed by WA Police and will be required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and on day 11. For more information on the new conditions visit http//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "As a result of Western Australia's swift response, from Sunday we can now go back to where we were before the snap five-day lockdown. "Western Australia's controlled interstate border continues to be a key component of the State's defence against COVID-19, and based on the latest health advice we can transition NSW to the 'very low risk' category. "However, given the concerning developments in Victoria, the Chief Health Officer has recommended we put in place a 72 hour hard border with Victoria, until we see what happens." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The response after Case 903 tested positive was effective in stopping community spread of COVID-19. "We will continue to act on the best health advice, as we have today, with important updates to WA's controlled interstate border." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following damaging tropical low20222Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19710html10/02/2021 12:06:27 AM2021-02-09T09:35:00Z Disaster assistance has been made available to help communities recover from the damage caused by a tropical low that recently made its way down the Western Australia coast. The Shires of Carnarvon, Upper Gascoyne and Derby-West Kimberley will be eligible to receive financial assistance through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the system produced strong winds and resulted in significant rainfall. "The Bureau of Meteorology reported that Carnarvon received more rain in 24 hours than it received for all of 2020, which has led to significant damage, in particular to the road network," Minister Littleproud said. "The assistance being announced today will help cover the costs associated with the operational response and repairing damaged essential public assets. "The Australian Government will continue to work alongside the Western Australian Government and local communities to ensure that they have all the support they need during this difficult time." Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said this tropical low has caused the most significant flooding the Shire of Carnarvon has witnessed in over a decade. "Ongoing flooding means it could take weeks to assess the full extent of the damage, particularly to our extensive road networks, which is why this immediate support is so important," Minister Logan said. "The North West Coastal Highway is currently closed north of Carnarvon due to flooding, and I thank the community for their patience while we wait for flood waters to recede so urgent repairs can be undertaken. "The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments will continue to monitor the impacts of this event and are ready to extend disaster assistance to those communities in need." Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following Wooroloo bushfires20220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements24800html5/02/2021 7:19:23 AM2021-02-05T07:00:00Z Disaster assistance has been made available to assist communities in the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring recover from the extensive damage caused by bushfires in the region this week. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the bushfires had caused significant damage and distress for those communities impacted. "This assistance will help the communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible," Minister Littleproud said. "The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Western Australian Government to ensure that impacted families and individuals have all the support they need during this very difficult time." Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said the dangerous bushfires had destroyed homes and impacted residents already dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The impacts of these bushfires will be felt for some time to come, and it is critical that our community members' recovery is supported by these arrangements," Minister Logan said. "This financial assistance will help eligible local governments, individuals and families with the expected significant clean-up, relief and recovery costs. "We will continue to monitor the impacts of the bushfire on the community, including primary producers, with our counterparts in Canberra to determine if additional levels of assistance are required." Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Post lockdown plan to come into effect 6pm, Friday, February 520219Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements173840html4/02/2021 1:37:08 PM2021-02-04T13:15:00Z Current lockdown ends, pending no further local cases, as planned at 6pm tomorrow Perth, Peel and the South-West will end its five-day lockdown as planned Some COVID safe measures to continue to keep WA safe South-West will return straight to pre-lockdown conditions like the rest of regional WA Perth and Peel subject to transitional restrictions until 12.01am, Sunday, February 14The Perth, Peel and South-West five-day lockdown will end as planned at 6pm tomorrow, pending no further local cases. A post-lockdown transition period for the Perth and Peel regions to keep Western Australia safe and help resume a more COVID-safe way of life will come into effect from 6pm on Friday and remain in place until 12.01am Sunday, 14 February - allowing for the full 14-day incubation period to run its course. The South-West region will return to pre-lockdown conditions from 6pm Friday, February 5. Western Australians must continue to practise physical distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene at all times. The post lockdown transitional measures for the Perth and Peel regions, include Everyone must continue to wear a mask in public and while at work, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise; All business and venues can re-open, except for the casino and nightclubs; 4 square metre capacity rule and 150-person capacity at hospitality, entertainment, fitness venues and events including weddings, funerals (excluding staff); community sport can involve up to 150 people including players, officials and spectators; Seated service only at hospitality venues; Dancing only permitted at weddings and dance studios; 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings; Visits to aged care and disability care facilities restricted to compassionate grounds and advocates; Residential school and boarding facilities can resume with a COVID Safety Plan; and Only essential travel, including work, is permitted in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA. Under the post-lockdown transition measures, Perth and Peel schools will start from Monday, February 8, with the mandatory mask rule applying to all school staff and secondary students. Masks are not required for primary school students. Masks are also mandatory for staff at childcare facilities as well as students and staff in higher education, including TAFEs and universities. Teaching staff are permitted to remove their mask when teaching at the front of the classroom to enable clear enunciation. People who need to leave the Perth and Peel region for essential purposes must wear a mask at all times in other regions of WA, as per the rules in place in Perth and Peel. Elective surgery at WA public hospitals will resume and people will be contacted directly to re-schedule and re-book their appointments which were suspended due to the five-day lockdown. FIFO workers will once again be able to leave the Perth and Peel regions, but documentation will be required and they must follow strict health protocols. Pre-lockdown requirements for the entire State still remain in place, and include Mandatory contact registers for most WA businesses and venues; Capacity restrictions for major venues; Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities; and WA's controlled interstate border arrangements.COVID-safe measures including the use of contact registers and SafeWA will continue to be crucial as part of post-lockdown life. To date the onus has been on businesses to ensure a contact register is available for patrons. From 6pm tomorrow the responsibility will be shared - individuals will now also face penalties if they fail to scan in using either SafeWA or the contact register available. As always, authorities will apply a common-sense approach. For more information on our post-lockdown plans visit http//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Thank you to everyone for their co-operation and understanding during the lockdown. "It's been a simply remarkable achievement and the credit goes to each and every Western Australian who made sacrifices this week to keep the community safe and get our State back to normal as soon as possible. "While the lockdown will end tomorrow and people in Perth, Peel and the South-West regions will be able to leave their homes, a number of restrictions will remain in place and particularly for Perth and Peel, a new transitional arrangement will be in place until next Sunday. "As always, we'll continue to monitor the situation closely, and if we need to make any changes, we will. "We all need to play our part to keep WA safe. We've seen how unpredictable this virus is and how quickly things can change, what is best practice one day, may not be the next so we all need to listen to the instructions and comply with health advice." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The past week has put unprecedented pressure on our COVID-19 response systems. "Our health professionals have reacted superbly. "An overnight surge in our contact tracing team saw them swing into action to track down hundreds of close and casual contacts of Case 903. "At the same time our testing clinics and private pathology partners handled tens of thousands of tests fast and efficiently. "But none of this would have been possible without the spectacular co-operation of the Western Australian public. "I thank every one of you. Let's keep it going and continue to be vigilant. "Please remember, if you are feeling at all unwell, get yourself tested." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500