COVID-19 Information for Industry

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 16 December 2020. Please click on the links below for the latest updates from Government sources. 

  • StudyPerth Crisis Relief

    Applications for StudyPerth Crisis Relief (SPCR) have now closed. Should circumstances change due to COVID-19, the program may be re-opened in 2021. StudyPerth recommends directing Perth international students in immediate and acute need of support in finding paid employment to visit our International Student Jobs Board.

  • Current Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

    Mark McGowan has released a roadmap to carefully ease COVID-19 restrictions.

    Since 27 June 2020, Western Australia has been in Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Road Map set out by the McGowan government. Phase 4 includes 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.

    Since 14 November, WA has transitioned to a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement based on the latest public health advice.

    Introduction of WA’s new controlled interstate border arrangement is dependent on every state and territory in Australia recording a 14-day rolling average of less than 5 community cases of COVID-19 per day.

    If this 14-day rolling average is met, the existing hard border arrangements and current exemption requirements for travel will be removed, allowing Australians to travel into and around WA, subject to conditions of entry.

    As part of the safe and sensible controlled border arrangement, conditions of quarantine will apply to travellers coming into WA. These conditions apply to travellers arriving from a very low risk or low risk state or territory.

    Very low risk states and territories

    (No community cases in 28 days)

    • before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    • on arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.
    • not required to quarantine
    • currently includes NSW,TAS,QLD,ACT,VIC and NT

    Low risk states and territories

    (Less than 5 community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average)

    • before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    • you should wear a mask as directed.
    • on arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.
    • must self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises
    • must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA
    • currently includes SA

    Read the full details here

     

    Intrastate border restrictions.

    Travel is currently 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 16 December, there have now been a total of 28,047 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including the 908 deaths and 25,485 recoveries.

    State Cases Deaths
    Western Australia 838 9
    New South Wales 4,650 53
    Victoria 20,351 820
    South Australia 563 4
    Tasmania 234 13
    Australian Capital Territory 117 3
    Queensland 1,228 6
    Northern Territory 66 0

     

    Global cases of COVID-19

    As of 16 December 2020 over 73,376,785 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, including 1,632,985 deaths. Currently the countries with the most reported cases include USA, India, Brazil, Russia, France and Turkey.

  • 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.

  • Helpful Resources

    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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