LATEST INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) –
25 MARCH 2020
On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.
Australia has in place strict measures aimed at protecting Australians and visitors to our country from the coronavirus.
Below are some useful resources for our Golden Outback stakeholders and visitors alike.
Information and guidance is available from the World Health Organisation.
The Australian Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health are the leading agencies for information about COVID-19 in WA.
You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
The WA Government website is also a good source of information.
The Small Business Development Corporation is providing regular updated information to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism Australia Coronavirus FAQ and resources - updated on a regular basis
You can also call the corporation on 133 140 for advice to cope with business disruption.
The Australian Government's business.gov.au is providing a business hotline for small and medium businesses impacted by COVID-19. The contact centre can be reached at 13 28 46 and will run seven days a week as well as additional hours for the first month. More information is available here and contact information is available here.
The Australian Banking Association has put together information for businesses about dealing with financial hardship.
Treasury has published fact sheets on the Economic Response to the Coronavirus.
Details about the WA Government's stimulus package are available on the WA Government website.
Changes have also been made to the welfare system to make it easier for people who have been stood down or made redundant because of COVID-19 to seek support.
Strict border controls will be in place from 1.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, March 24.
All arrivals from other States and Territories will have to self isolate for 14 days after arriving in WA.
For the latest information relating to travel in Australia see the Department of Home Affairs website.
To find out about any flight cancellations please check with individual airlines.
Hotels and accommodation providers
State and Territory public health agency contacts are available here.
Cruise ships and COVID-19
All international cruise ships have been banned from sailing into or out of Australian ports for 30 days, from March 15, 2020.
Visit the smartraveller website for more information.
The Premier has authorised the WA Police Commissioner to stop any non-Australians cruise passengers who arrive at WA ports from disembarking the ship. Those people will be required to stay on the ship, until arrangements have been made for them to be privately transported to the airport to fly to their home country. These orders will be made under the Emergency Management Act.
Other useful links
Tourism Council Western Australia - latest COVID-19 Updates for industry
For the latest information about how coronavirus is impacting international education visit the Study Perth website.
For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies go here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Current as at 24/3/2020 - Tourism WA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document.
Current as at 24/3/2020 - Tourism Australia Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions