After seven months, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has today announced its controversial hard border will be removed and replaced with a "controlled interstate border regime".
"Under this system, travel from ‘very low risk’ states and territories will be permitted, with conditions on arrival including declarations, temperature tests and possible Covid-19 testing," says McGowan. "These jurisdictions currently include Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory because they have had no community cases for more than 28 days."
People from NSW and Victoria will be allowed into the state but they will have to have to self-quarantine for 14 days and have a mandatory Covid test on the 11th day. That is because they have less than five community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average.
He added he would not hesitate to reinstate the hard border at any time if needed. If people are found to be not adhering these directions or providing false information, they'll be hit by penalties ranging from $1000, to up to $50,000 fines for individuals.
"Throughout the pandemic, we’ve maintained a cautious and careful approach based on WA’s expert health advice from the chief health officer. That advice has served us well as we have embarked on our own, unique recovery. Today, based on that health advice and the rates of local infection in the eastern states, we are now at the next step of our journey."