Country, Culture, People, Future

COVID-19

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

These pages contain 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 and native title.

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.

Following changes to COVID-19 restrictions announced by State Government on 26 April the health and safety of YMAC clients, staff and community remains a priority. Consequently in some situations YMAC may opt to maintain higher health and safety standards than that required by State Government. We will endeavour to provide sufficient notice when this is the case. Please read further to learn about YMAC’s current COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Visiting YMAC Offices or attending a YMAC meeting

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 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 YMAC offices are not required to provide proof of vaccination when visiting a YMAC office.  However, we will continue to require proof of vaccination for attendance at YMAC-coordinated meetings (e.g. claim meeting). Notice will be provided.

Signing in

While YMAC is no longer required to maintain a COVID Contact Register, we have introduced a new visitor register to all of 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.

Several 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 see a staff member.

All YMAC staff are available through email, phone, or digital meeting, and are fully vaccinated (according to government requirements) or have medical exemption.

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

Community Information

Vaccinations

From 31 January – and three months from your second shot – anyone will be eligible to receive a third, ‘booster’ shot. Vaccinations are free for everyone. Click here for information on vaccinations, including where to go to get the jab.

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.

From 31 January, ‘proof of vaccination’ to enter certain venues will be required throughout WA.  We recommend you carry a paper copy of your vaccination certificate, especially if you have experienced issues in getting a copy onto your phone through your Medicare, myGOV or ServiceWA app. For a guide on getting your proof of vaccination certificate in print or digital form, click here.

COVID-19 Testing 

The State Government is recommending testing for anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms – click here for details on symptoms for current variants of COVID-19 such as Omicron.

In March 2022 State Government announced it will provide all WA households with up to 15 free individual Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) under WA’s Free RAT Program. Information and registration information can be found here, including specific information for regional residents.

Remote Aboriginal Communities directions

Access to closed Aboriginal communitiesis permitted for work purposes only. If you are planning a trip to a closed community, please check the State Government rules for travel page. The Western Desert communities require advance notice and permissions. To check notice and permissions, click here.

The information contained in this update is current as 6 April 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: