This information is intended for education institutions and the international education industry.
The situation in relation to the COVID-19 continues to evolve, and below is the latest update.
The following information is valid as at 17 September 2020. Please click on the links below for the latest updates from Government sources.
StudyPerth Crisis Relief
In response to the challenges COVID-19 has brought to the international student community in Western Australia, StudyPerth is establishing StudyPerth Crisis Relief (SPCR). SPCR is a program established to address the acute needs of international students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
SPCR will be accessible by application by both individual international students in Western Australia who are in immediate, emergency need of food or shelter, and by eligible organisations and associations who are able to support international students with:
- Rights and support
- Health and wellbeing
Current Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings
Mark McGowan has released a roadmap to carefully ease COVID-19 restrictions.Commencing 27 June 2020, Western Australia will move to Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Road Map set out by the McGowan government. Phase 4 will include significant changes including:
- All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
- Gathering limits only determined by WA’s reduced 2sqm rule
- The 2sqm rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
- Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
- No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises
- Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
- All events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals
- Unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
- Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
- The casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.
Current Travel Restrictions
Current Western Australia border restrictions.
The Western Australian border is now being considered a hard border, meaning people will no longer be able to enter Western Australia without an exemption. Exemptions include those who work in emergency services, health workers, logistics. More information can be found here.
Intrastate border restrictions.
As of Friday 6 June, Travel is permitted throughout Western Australia, including into the Kimberley region. Access into remote Aboriginal communities will remain prohibited.
Current national and international travel restrictions.
Australia has introduced strict measures aimed at protecting Australians and visitors to our country from COVID-19. Australia has closed its borders to all travellers coming to Australia (with the exception of Australian residents and citizens; New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia; and immediate family members of Australian permanent residents and citizens).
Australian citizens and residents will be required to isolate for 14 days in a hotel from the date of their arrival. For details, visit the Australian Border Force website.
A ban has been put into place for Australians trying to leave the country with a complete ban, with only a few exceptions, including Australians who ordinarily live overseas, compassionate grounds, and some exempt aid work. Foreign nationals who wish to return home can currently do so where there are commercial flights available.
Local and Global Cases
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia
As of 17 September, there have now been a total of 26,779 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including the 824 deaths and 23,721 recoveries.
State Cases Deaths Western Australia 660 9 New South Wales 4,185 52 Victoria 19,728 701 South Australia 466 4 Tasmania 230 13 Australian Capital Territory 113 3 Queensland 1,149 6 Northern Territory 33 0
Global cases of COVID-19
As of 17 September 2020 over 29,751,156 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, including 939,175 deaths. Currently the countries with the most reported cases include USA, India, Brazil, Russia, Peru and Colombia.
West Australian Schools
Premier, Mark McGowan has announced that all Western Australian school students will be required to return to school from Monday, May 18, following a review of the current arrangements and health advice.
There are exceptions for students who are medically vulnerable or those who have a family member with chronic health issues, who will be assessed and can continue to learn from home and will be supported by their schools and the Department of Education.
Moratorium on Evictions
Premier, Mark McGowan, has put into law a 6 month moratorium on rental evictions, for individuals who are unable to pay rent due to financial stress. This moratorium also includes international students who hold tenancy agreements. Tenants should work with their landlords if they find themselves in financial distress and have open and clear communication regarding their financial circumstances.
Early Access to Superannuation
The Australian government announced on 4 April that international students who have been in Australia longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation. Students will need to use MyGov for this process, with more information available here.
Small and Medium-Sized Business Economic Relief
WA Premier, Mark McGowan, has announced a range of relief packages for small and medium-sized businesses. The range of reliefs include payroll tax, licence fee and utility bill relief. Mr McGowan has also announced rental relief for commercial tenants for small businesses in Government-owned buildings.
Department of Home Affairs | Latest COVID-19 Updates
Department of Health | Up to Date COVID-19 Health Alert
Department of Education, Skills and Employment | Latest COVID-19 Updates
Australian Government | Fact Sheets in Simplified Chinese
Government of Western Australia | When and How to Use a Face Mask
Healthy WA | Novel Coronavirus Symptoms and Advice
Home Affairs | Information for Student Visa Holders
Study in Australia | Latest Information for Students and Agents
Study in Australia | Australian Education Response Information
Lygon Group | Australian University COVID-19 Response Tracker
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