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 17 February 2021. 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 Sunday 31 January 2021, the Department of Health reported one new case of COVID-19 in Western Australia involving a worker in hotel quarantine, WA's first locally-acquired case of coronavirus in almost 10 months. Between Sunday, 31 January 2021 to Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions were in full lockdown, based on health advice.  The Perth and Peel restrictions ended on Sunday, 14 February, meaning the whole of Western Australia has returned to the pre-lockdown conditions, as experienced prior to Sunday, 31 January. The Chief Health Officer has advised that the full 14-day incubation period has run its course, with no indication of any community transmission. Mandatory contact registration will continue, as was planned prior to the lockdown.Individuals will now also face penalties if they fail to scan in using either SafeWA or the contact register available. 
    For more information visit www.wa.gov.au
  • 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 17 February, there have been a total of 28,905 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including the 909 deaths and 27,996 recoveries.

    State Cases Deaths
    Western Australia 910 9
    New South Wales 5,139 54
    Victoria 20,475 820
    South Australia 606 4
    Tasmania 234 13
    Australian Capital Territory 118 3
    Queensland 1,314 6
    Northern Territory 102 0

     

    Global cases of COVID-19

    As of 17 February 2021 over 109,463,210 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, including 2,416,809 deaths. Currently the countries with the most reported cases include USA, India, Brazil, UK, Russia, France and Spain.

  • West Australian Schools

    The Perth and Peel restrictions ended on Sunday, 14 February and schools have returned to the pre-lockdown conditions, as experienced prior to 6pm on Sunday 31 January with masks no longer required.  

  • 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