Covid-19 Resources and Updates
For more information on WA’s controlled interstate border, please visit www.wa.gov.au/covid19
Travel restrictions – remote Aboriginal communities
The purpose of these directions is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in remote Aboriginal communities.
Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities – frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about travel to remote Aboriginal communities.
Restrictions on entry to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place to protect the health and wellbeing of residents.
On this page you will find frequently asked questions on:
- Entry rules for remote Aboriginal communities
- Who can go into remote Aboriginal communities
- Requesting to have a community excluded from the entry rules.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The virus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.
The first case reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) was on 31 December 2019. It has since spread across the world, with WHO declaring the disease a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
It is very important that the community access resources from trusted sources only. Below is a list of trusted resources specifically related to Coronavirus (COVID-19):
WA State Government Hotline 13 COVID (13 26 843)
Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080
Health Direct 1800 022 222
COVID Test Result Hotline 1800 313 223
Smart Traveller website www.smarttraveller.gov.au
WA Government Department Health website www.healthywa.wa.gov.au
Australian Government Department Health website www.health.gov.au
Corona Virus Resources for Remote Communities.
If you require a translating or interpreting services please call 131 450.
There are a number of Coronavirus resources available for the indigenous and remote communities. Here are a few reliable sources:
- The Aboriginal Health Council of WA
- The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO)
- Department of Communities
- WA Department of Health
Free services to assist communities during Covid-19
Over 169 payphones across remote communities in Western Australia are available to use free of charge. This will help you stay connected to friends, family and health care services.
Western Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictional governments to respond to the outbreak of a novel Coronavirus that has recently been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.