Western Australia Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt
Updated Directions Provide Further Clarity To Remote Aboriginal Communities
Victor P Taffa
- Updated Directions provide clarity over who can enter remote Aboriginal communities
- Access restricted to remote Aboriginal communities
- Exceptions for delivery of essential services, medical reasons, family or cultural reasons
- Directions protect the health and wellbeing of residents and limit the spread of COVID-19
McGowan Government has updated its binding Directions that restrict access to remote Aboriginal communities, to provide further clarity and certainty about who can enter these communities.
“It’s crucial that we do everything we can to protect residents living in remote Aboriginal communities against the spread of COVID-19.” Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt said.
“Updated Directions provide further clarity around the restrictions on access to these communities, as well as the exceptions.”
Binding and enforceable Directions were released earlier this week, to protect the health and wellbeing of residents in remote Aboriginal communities in response to COVID-19.
Directions have now been reviewed and updated, to ensure they limit the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring the ongoing supply of essential services and supplies.
Under the updated Directions, a person can only enter or remain on the land or waters if they are returning to the community where they normally reside or work, for family and cultural purposes, to provide or access essential or human services or supplies, in an emergency, or if authorised by the Police Commissioner or an authorised officer.
Directions will be supported by the development of Remote Community Pandemic Plans, developed in partnership with community leaders.
They are enforceable, and fines of up to $50,000 will apply to those who breach the Directions.