Border Restrictions and Update

The WA Police Force has formed a new Industry Liaison Group to assist Industry in understanding Police Directions under the current State of Emergency. At the first meeting today the following updates were made:

  • New directions were put in place on Sunday to assist in managing the risk of people who have been in NSW or Vic in the last 14 days who are entering WA.
  • If you have travelled from Victoria or NSW in the last 14 days you must present for testing after 48 hours and if you remain in WA then again 11 days after you have arrived.
    • You must present within 48 hours of entry into WA to a COVID clinic for testing
    • If you remain in WA, then 11 days after you have arrived you must present back to the clinic for follow up testing.
    • By virtue of being subject to this direction, the cost of testing will be covered by normal Medicare process
  • Must wear a face mask if you have been in Victoria or NSW when interacting with others, and continue to observe the 1.5m physical distancing requirements.

General matters:

  • Specialists are no longer likely to avoid 14 day quarantine
  • All applications are getting more scrutiny and exemptions are being granted sparingly
  • FIFO is being questioned for every applicant as to why the worker cannot be based in WA.
  • In you are applying for exemptions for specialists – attach as many docs as you can as to why the work is time critical, why they are the only operator that can undertake the work and what they will be doing to manage the risk

Due to the ever changing situation and border restrictions we recommend keeping up to date on the relevant state or territory website:

Other news

  • The industry is supportive of Australian Logistics Councils proposed nationally consistent measures and proactive testing regime, designed to control the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus through the supply chain. We are calling on the Federal Government to provide a Medicare Code to allow this type of testing to take place on a regular basis.

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