Access to remote Aboriginal communities will be permitted, however some communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions.
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COVID-19 coronavirus: Remote Aboriginal communities travel
From Wednesday 15 June 2022, access to remote Aboriginal communities is permitted, however some communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions.
You must check with local visitor centres or directly with the community before you arrive to a Remote Aboriginal Community, especially if you are wanting to use amenities or be provided with food or fuel.
Vaccines are still available from participating GPs and pharmacies for those requiring vaccinations or boosters.
To find your nearest clinic, visit https://rollup.wa.gov.au/ or call the 13COVID Hotline (13 268 43) for more information.
Update from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services
Travel restrictions have been lifted in remote Aboriginal communities. However, it’s important to remember some remote communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions to keep their community safe. If you’re planning on travelling to or via a remote community, please don’t turn up unannounced. Always check with a community if there’s restrictions on entry before travelling. It's also a good idea to keep a mask with you when travelling and continue practising good hygiene habits like washing your hands regularly and covering coughs. More information on their website.
Useful Maps: Remote Aboriginal Communities
If you are not aware of where remote communities are located, below are links maps of remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region. These maps are publicly available on the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage website. Please do your best to plan before you leave and follow ALL signage instructions to avoid fines and penalties (not to mention the risks to our remote community populations).
EAST KIMBERLEY Download map - ABL-AboriginalCommunities_East_Kimberley_r.pdf
KIMBERLEY REGION Download map - ABL-AboriginalCommunities_Map2_A4_r.pdf
WEST KIMBERLEY Download map - ABL-AboriginalCommunities_West_Kimberley_r.pdf
Where do I go more information?
If you would like more information, please contact the Complex Task Team – Remote Aboriginal Communities at RAC.MU@dpc.wa.gov.au.
You can also call 13 COVID (13 268 43).
Information for people living in remote communities
Continue to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19 and the flu by:staying up to date with your vaccinations
staying home when you’re unwell
washing your hands
wearing a mask when you need to or if it makes you feel more comfortable
cleaning surfaces often. More information on the JKAMS website.
If you are unsure, please contact the nearest visitor information centre to the area you wish to travel to.