14.04.2020 12:34 Age: 167 days

Changes to biosecurity requirements in some regional and remote communities

To protect the health and wellbeing of some of our most vulnerable communities, the State Government has placed restrictions around entering the Kimberley region and remote Aboriginal communities.

In accordance with amendments to the Biosecurity Act (2015), restrictions are in place for entry into all four local government areas in the Kimberley region, the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku in the Goldfields and parts of the Shire of East Pilbara encompassing the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra.

From Monday 13 April 2020, the rules under the Biosecurity Act (2015) restrictions changed meaning people are no longer able to return home to a designated area without first self-isolating for 14 days outside the designated area.

This requirement will have an impact on people who need to travel to Perth for essential medical treatment. Through the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) the WA Country Health Service is working with impacted patients to provide advice and support.  

Patients can contact their local PATS office to discuss individual requirements.

For more information about the restrictions on entering these areas visit the WA Government website, refer to the frequently asked questions or contact the COVID-19 public information line  – 13 COVID (13 26 843).