WA Legislation

(Last updated 8 September 2020, 9:45am)

This page is divided into three sections. The material in each section is inserted in reverse chronological order of enactment (this is for ease of updating given how rapidly things are changing).

The first sets out the principal legislation that confers powers upon the Western Australian Government to take action to prevent the entry, establishment or spread of COVID-19 in WA. It includes the various instruments made under that Act. 

The legislation enacted by Western Australia to address the broader economic and societal consequences of COVID-19 are to be found in the second section, Amending Legislation, immediately below. 

The third section, Legislative Instruments, includes legislative instruments made under the Amending Legislation, and under other existing legislative provisions other than the Principal Legislation. 

Principal Legislation

Public Health Act 2016

Public Health Regulations 2017

Emergency Management Act 2005

Family Violence Legislation Reform (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Lotteries Commission Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Pay-roll Tax Relief (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Mental Health Infection Control Directions (No.2) – 3 September 2020

Approval for Yongah Hill Immigration Detainees – 3 September 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No. 2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 3 September 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 3 September 2020

Approval to conduct COVID-19 testing before proceeding with organ donation or organ transplantation (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Approval to conduct COVID-19 testing people isolated or quarantined (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing in Relation to Repatriation of Mauritian Evacuees (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing on Patients who are Required to Provide Evidence of a Negative COVID-19 Test to Meet the Entry Requirements of Overseas Governments (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Approval to request COVID-19 testing on persons who are exempt travellers who are required to be tested under the Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Approval to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing at point of care in remote clinics (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Approval to request COVID-19 testing on persons who have been to New South Wales or Victoria who are required to be tested under the Presentation for Testing Directions (No 4) (Number 2) – 1 September 2020

Perth Glory Training Venue Directions – 27 August 2020

Approval (Perth Glory Football Club) – 27 August 2020

Exempt Traveller (International and Domestic Flight Crew) Approval and Conditions (No 4) – 27 August 2020

Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Commonwealth Parliamentarians) Approval – 27 August 2020

Approval for Transiting Aircraft Passengers (No 3) – 27 August 2020

Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval (No 4) – 27 August 2020

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Amendment Directions (No. 4) – 27 August 2020

Exempt Traveller (International and Domestic Flight Crew) Approval and Conditions (No 4) – Approved Crew Hotel under Paragraph 15 – 27 August 2020

Omnibus Amendment Directions – 27 August 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 20 August 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 20 August 2020

Quarantine (Closing the border) Approval Maritime Crew (No 3) – 19 August 2020

Quarantine (Closing the border) approval directions for rig or platform crew (No 2) – 18 August 2020

Exempt Traveller Approval (Indian Ocean Territories) (No 2) – 17 August 2020

Presentation for Testing Directions (No 4) – 14 August 2020

Approval to request COVID-19 testing on persons who are exempt travellers who are required to be tested under the Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions – 13 August 2020

Approval to request COVID-19 testing on persons who have been to New South Wales or Victoria who are required to be tested under the Presentation for Testing Directions (No 4) – 13 August 2020

Transport, Freight and Logistics Direction – 11 August 2020

Variation of Schedule 1 to the Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions No 3 (Ilkulka) – 11 August 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Lombadina) – 10 August 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Googar Goonyool) – 10 August 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Embulgun) – 10 August 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No.3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Burrguk) – 10 August 2020

Approval for AFL Team (GWS Giants Football Club) – 8 August 2020

Approval for AFL Team (Sydney Swans Football Club) – 7 August 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 7 August 2020

Approval for AFL 2020 Perth Quarantine Hub Umpires (No 3) – 6 August 2020

Approval to request COVID-19 testing on persons who have been to New South Wales or Victoria who are required to be tested under the Presentation for Testing Directions (No 3) – 5 August 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 5 August 2020

Revocation of approval to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing on people receiving medical treatment from Indian Ocean Territories – 4 August 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No. 2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 27 July 2020

Approval for AFL Team (Hawthorn Football Club) – 25 July 2020

Approval for AFL Team (Carlton Football Club) – 25 July 2020

Quarantine and Isolation (Undiagnosed) Amendment Directions – 24 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Mowanjum) – 24 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Mercedes Cove) – 24 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Gumbarnun) – 24 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Goombaragin) – 24 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Gnylmarung) – 24 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) Variation to Schedule 1 to the Directions (Doon Doon) – 24 July 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 22 July 2020

AFL Presentation for Testing Direction – 21 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3) Variation of Schedule 1 to the Directions (Carranya) – 20 July 2020

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Amendment Directions (No 3) – 19 July 2020

Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Amendment Directions (HBF Stadium) – 19 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3) Variation of Schedule 1 to the Directions (Wuggubun) – 19 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3) Variation of Schedule 1 to the Directions (Mimbi) – 19 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3) Variation of Schedule 1 to the Directions (Baulu Wah) – 19 July 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No. 2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 14 July 2020

Woodside FIFO Worker Directions – 12 July 2020

Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing on Persons who have been to Victoria who are Required to be Tested under the Presentation for Testing Directions – 10 July 2020

AFL 2020 Perth Quarantine Hub Umpires – 10 July 2020

AFL (Venues) Directions – 10 July 2020

Approval for AFL Team (Collingwood Football Club) – 10 July 2020

Approval for AFL Team (Fremantle Football Club) – 10 July 2020

Approval for AFL Team (Geelong Football Club) – 10 July 2020

Approval for AFL Team (West Coast Eagles Football Club) – 10 July 2020

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Amendment Directions (No 2) – 9 July 2020

Authorisation (No.3) to Approve Persons as Exempt Travellers under the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions – 9 July 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3) Variation of Schedule 1 to the Directions (Imintji) – 9 July 2020

Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing on Patients who are Required to Provide Evidence of a Negative COVID-19 Test to Meet the Entry Requirements of Overseas Governments – 8 July 2020

Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions (No 3) – 8 July 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 8 July 2020

Authorisation (No.2) to Approve Persons as Exempt Travellers under the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions – 8 July 2020

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Amendment Directions – 7 July 2020

Variation of Schedule 1 to the Remote Aboriginal Communities (No 3) (Karalundi) – 1 July 2020

Variation of Schedule 1 to the Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 3) (Djarindjin) – 1 July 2020

Revocation of Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing on Patients Undergoing Specific Aerodigestive Procedures – 1 July 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No. 2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 30 June 2020

Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 5) – 26 June 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No. 2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 17 June 2020

Public Health (Notifiable Infectious Disease) Order (No. 2) 2020 – 12 June 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 11 June 2020

Closure and Restriction (Funeral) Directions – 5 June 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3) – 4 June 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No. 2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 3 June 2020

Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing and Authorisation to Inform in Relation to COVID-19 Detect Snapshot Program – 2 June 2020

Approval to Request COVID-19 Testing in Relation to Repatriation of Mauritian Evacuees – 29 May 2020

Authorisation to Supply a Poison Without a Prescription – 29 May 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 28 May 2020

Revocation (Prohibition on Regional Travel (No 2)) Directions – 27 May 2020

Chevron FIFO Worker Directions – 21 May 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 21 May 2020

Approved TAB Outlets under the Closure and Restriction (Limit and Spread) Directions (No 3) – 17 May 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 14 May 2020

Approval to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing on people receiving medical treatment from Indian Ocean Territories – 13 May 2020 [revoked by Revocation of approval to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing on people receiving medical treatment from Indian Ocean Territories]

Approval to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing before proceeding with organ donation or organ transplantation – 13 May 2020

Approval to conduct COVID-19 PCR testing at point of care in remote clinics – 13 May 2020

Approval to conduct COVID-19 testing people isolated or quarantined – 12 May 2020

Isolation (Diagnosed) Directions – 9 May 2020

Quarantine and Isolation (Undiagnosed) Directions – 9 May 2020

Revocation of Various Directions (No 2) – 9 May 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 7 May 2020

Revocation Closure of guns shops (No 2) Directions – 6 May 2020

Closure and Restriction (Elite Athlete Training) Modifications Directions – 1 May 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 30 April 2020

Approved TAB Outlets under the Closure and Restriction (Limit and Spread) Directions (No 2) – 29 April 2020

Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 2) – 26 April 2020

Approval to request COVID-19 testing on patients undergoing aerodigestive procedures – 24 April 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 23 April 2020

COVID-19 Testing Directions – 21 April 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 16 April 2020 (see page 1206 of linked PDF)

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 11 April 2020

Authorisation to Prescribe or Supply a Poison – 9 April 2020

Mental Health Infection Control Direction – 6 April 2020

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Revocation Directions – 5 April 2020

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions – 5 April 2020

Authorisation to Approve Persons as Exempt Travellers under the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions – 5 April 2020

Authorisation for Inspectors and above under the Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions – 5 April 2020

Goldfields-Esperance (Local Government District Travel Restrictions) Directions – 5 April 2020

COVID Testing Reporting Directions – 4 April 2020

Prohibition On Travel Between Local Government Districts In The Kimberley Directions – 2 April 2020

Prohibition on the use of Point of Care Serology Tests Directions – 1 April 2020

Extension of State of Emergency Declaration – 31 March 2020

Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions – 31 March 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration (No.2) of Public Health State of Emergency – 28 March 2020

Self-Isolation Test and Close Contact Directions – 28 March 2020

Restrictions to access the Kimberley and remote Aboriginal communities – 26 March 2020 (NB this is Federal regulation, but link provided to informative WA page)

Western Australia Declaration of Public Health State of Emergency (No 2) – 23 March 2020

Public Authorities — Delivery of Goods and Collection of Rubbish and Refuse Directions – 20 March 2020

Extension of Western Australia Declaration of State of Emergency – 19 March 2020

Western Australia Declaration of State of Emergency – 15 March 2020

Amending Legislation

Criminal Code Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Transport (Road Passenger Services) Amendment (COVID-19 Response and Regional Assistance) Act 2020

Emergency Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Public Health Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Legislative Instruments

Emergency Management (Electronic Monitoring Device) Notice 2020 – 14 August 2020

Mining Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 – 30 June 2020

Mines and Petroleum Regulations Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 – 29 June 2020

Mines and Petroleum Regulations Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Repeal Regulations 2020 – 29 June 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 – 29 June 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Repeal Regulations 2020 – 29 June 2020

Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 – 29 May 2020

Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2020 – 21 May 2020

Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 Commencement Proclamation 2020 – 12 May 2020 (see page 1195 of linked PDF)

Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Order 2020 – 8 May 2020

Lotteries Commission Rules Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Rules 2020 – 5 May 2020

Emergency Management Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2020 – 3 April 2020

Justice Regulations Amendment (Emergency Management) Regulations 2020 – 3 April 2020

Superseded Instruments

Exempt Traveller (International and Domestic Flight Crew) Approval and Conditions (No 3) – 17 August 2020 [revoked by Exempt Traveller (International and Domestic Flight Crew) Approval and Conditions (No 4)]

Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval (No 3) – 17 August 2020 [revoked by Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval (No 4)]

Exempt Traveller (Indian Ocean Territories) Approval – 24 July 2020 [revoked by Exempt Traveller Approval (Indian Ocean Territories) (No 2)]

Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval (No 2) – 19 July 2020 [revoked by Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval (No 3)]

Presentation for Testing Directions (No 3) – 19 July 2020 [revoked by Presentation for Testing Directions (No 4)]

Presentation for Testing Directions (No 2) – 9 July 2020 [revoked by Presentation for Testing Directions (No 3)]

Presentation for Testing Directions – 9 July 2020 [revoked by Presentation for Testing Directions (No 2)]

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions – Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval – 9 July 2020 [revoked by Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions Paragraph 5(e)(ii) (Flight Crew and Transiting Aircraft Passengers) Approval (No 2)]

Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4) – 5 June 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 5)]

Closure and Restriction (WACA Training) Modification Directions – 27 May 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Closure and Restriction (Western Force Training) Modification Directions – 24 May 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Approval for Transiting Aircraft Passengers (No 2) – 23 May 2020 [revoked by Approval for Transiting Aircraft Passengers (No 3)]

Closure and Restriction (AFL Training) Modification Directions – 18 May 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Closure and Restriction (Elite Athlete Training) Modification Directions (No 2) – 18 May 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 3) – 17 May 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions (No 2) – 17 May 2020 [revoked by Revocation (Prohibition on Regional Travel (No 2)) Directions]

Exempt Traveller (International and Domestic Flight Crew) Approval and Conditions (No 2) – 1 May 2020 [revoked by Exempt traveller (international and domestic flight crew) approval and conditions (No 3)]

Approved TAB Outlets under the Closure and Restriction (Limit and Spread) Directions (No 2) – 29 April 2020

Public Authorities (Rottnest Island Authority) Directions – 29 April 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions (No 2) – 25 April 2020 [revoked by Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions (No 3)]

Approval for Maritime Crew (No 2) – 17 April 2020 [revoked by Quarantine (Closing the border) Approval Maritime Crew (No 3)]

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions Approval for Transiting Aircraft Passengers under Paragraph 27(r) – 14 April 2020 [revoked by Approval for Transiting Aircraft Passengers (No 2)]

Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions Approval for Rig or Platform Crew under Paragraph 27(r) – 11 April 2020 [revoked by Quarantine (Closing the border) approval directions for rig or platform crew (No 2)]

Restriction of Movement on Rottnest Island Directions (No 2) – 9 April 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Quarantine approval for maritime crew class exemption – 8 April 2020

Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions – 7 April 2020

Restriction of movement on Rottnest Island Directions – 6 April 2020

Exempt Traveller (International and Domestic Flight Crew) Approval and Conditions – 5 April 2020

Prohibited Gatherings Directions – 31 March 2020

Closure of Certain Places of Business, Worship and Entertainment Directions (No 3) – 30 March 2020

Preventative Restriction of Activities Directions (No 2) – 30 March 2020

Self-Isolation Following Overseas Travel Directions (No 3) – 30 March 2020

Self-Isolation Following Overseas Travel Directions (No 2) – 29 March 2020

Closure of Gun Shops (No 2) – 28 March 2020

Closure of Gun Shops – 27 March 2020

Large Vessel Directions – 27 March 2020

MV Pacific Princess Directions – 27 March 2020

Incident Management Team Accommodation – Optus Stadium Directions – 26 March 2020 [revoked by Revocation (Incident Management Team Accommodation – Optus Stadium) Directions]

Closure of Certain Places of Business, Worship and Entertainment Directions (2) – 25 March 2020

Preventative Restriction of Activities Directions – 25 March 2020

Rottnest Island Closure Directions – 25 March 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

Perth Zoo Closure Directions – 24 March 2020 [revoked by Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 4)]

MSC Magnifica Directions – 24 March 2020

MS Artania Directions – 24 March 2020

Silver Whisper Directions – 24 March 2020

Self-Isolation Following Interstate Travel Directions – 24 March 2020

Closure of Certain Places of Business, Worship and Entertainment Directions – 23 March 2020

Self-Quarantine and Isolation (Tested, Close Contact and Appearance of Symptoms) Directions – 22 March 2020

Self-isolation following Positive Test or Diagnosis Directions – 22 March 2020

Mass Gathering Directions (No 2) – 20 March 2020

Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions – 20 March 2020

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No 2) – 20 March 2020 [revoked by Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (No. 3)]

Self-Isolation Following Overseas Travel Directions – 19 March 2020

Mass Gatherings Directions – 18 March 2020

Western Australia Declaration of Public Health Emergency – 16 March 2020 [revoked by Western Australia Declaration of Public Health State of Emergency (No 2)]