Country, Culture, People, Future

COVID-19

Welcome to YMAC’s dedicated COVID-19 Coronavirus webpage. 

This page contains current health and safety measures being undertaken by YMAC, as well as general information and links to trusted sources of government and community information, with a focus on Aboriginal people and communities.

The health and safety of YMAC clients, staff and community remains a priority. This means, in some situations, YMAC may opt to maintain higher health and safety standards than those required by State Government.

Please read further to learn about YMAC’s current COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Please click here, to access YMAC messages and actions in response to the pandemic.

If you need clarification about any of the information on this page, please call us during business hours on 1800 270 709.

Visiting YMAC offices or attending YMAC meetings

The WA State Government has announced that mask wearing, proof of vaccination and visitor limits in certain settings (see below) will remain and continue to be monitored by the Chief Health Officer.

The below measures are currently in place for attendance at any of YMAC’s offices and meetings we coordinate.

Mask wearing

Visitors are not required to wear a face mask when attending YMAC offices. However, YMAC staff will continue to wear masks when meeting with clients and visitors, and may request that visitors also wear a mask where it is considered a risk (e.g., small meeting space, vulnerable meeting attendees).

Proof of Vaccination

Visitors to our offices are not currently required to provide proof of vaccination when visiting YMAC offices or attending YMAC-coordinated meetings.

Signing in

While YMAC is no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Contact Register, we have introduced a new visitor register to all our offices, to ensure we remain compliant with the Work, Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA).  We appreciate your cooperation in filling in the register when visiting our offices.

Many staff in Perth and our regional offices are opting to work from home, or may be required to work in isolation for a short time due to being deemed a close contact with a COVID-19 case.  For this reason, we strongly recommend calling ahead if you are planning to drop in to a YMAC office to see a staff member. All YMAC staff are available through email, phone, or digital meeting.

We request that everyone continue to follow safe hygiene practices (e.g., hand sanitise, maintain social distance of 1.5m, cough into elbow, etc.).

Community Information

Vaccinations

From 31 January, 2022 – and three months from your second shot – anyone will be eligible to receive a third, ‘booster’ COVID vaccination shot. Vaccinations are free for everyone. Click here for information on vaccinations, including where to go to get the jab. However, as information is constantly changing, we encourage you to ask your local health provider if you are unsure about getting the jab, or where to go to make it happen.

Note, that throughout the month of June 2022, the State Government is also offering free influenza vaccinations for all Western Australians.  Find out more here.

Effective from 10 June, 2022, WA’s mandatory vaccination policy will be updated in line with health advice and will only apply to workforces working with the most vulnerable to protect them from severe disease. This means workers in the following sectors must be triple dose vaccinated to be able to enter their work premise:

The vaccine requirements in place on other workforces will be removed from this date.

Some parts of certain public sector agencies may introduce temporary specific workplace health and safety arrangements in due course, as part of their employer requirements, given the nature of their work.

COVID-19 Testing 

The State Government continues to recommend testing for anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Click here for details on symptoms for current variants of COVID-19, such as Omicron.

The Free RAT Program for WA households continues.  Information and registration information can be found here, including specific information for regional residents.

Remote Aboriginal Communities directions

From 15 June 2022, the State Government announced that Directions to restrict access to Remote Aboriginal Communities will be removed, given the wider spread of COVID-19 across the state. The lifting of the ban is intended to allow communities to continue their operations in areas such as tourism, community stores, arts, and cultural centres.

The State Government has announced it will continue to work with and support the communities to facilitate them through the transition in a way that is best suited to their unique circumstances, as some communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions.

The information contained in this update is current as 3 June 2022.

As information from government changes regularly (often daily), we encourage you to check government websites for updated information.

Useful Links

The following links are useful resources to provide you with the latest information and advice to keep yourself safe:

Related announcements from other organisations can be found here:

 

Closure of Gun Shops (No2) Direction – Aboriginal person entitled to exercise a native title right to hunt

The following can be used by Traditional Owners to support their right to exercise native title rights: