From 9pm Thursday, 26 March 2020, access will be restricted into the following regions:
- Kimberley (comprising all four local government areas);
- Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku;
- Parts of the Shire of East Pilbara that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra.
Under these arrangements, after 9pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020, any person who is outside a designated region can only enter that region if that person:
- is providing essential services or supplies; or
- has been quarantined from the general public for the previous 14 days
Biosecurity Act Designated Regions Map.
Other special exemptions may apply. The restrictions for the designated regions are enforceable through emergency determination powers under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth). A jail term of up to five-years could apply to those who breach the determination.
Within the designated regions and for all remote Aboriginal communities outside these designated regions, the State Government’s Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions (Directions) will continue to apply.
The State Emergency Coordinator and Commissioner of Police issued the Directions on 18 March 2020 under section 67 of the Emergency Management Act 2005. The Directions will have an effect on transit permits issued under section 28 of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 (AAPA).
Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions
The purpose of the Directions is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in remote Aboriginal communities and place certain restrictions on access into and out of Remote Aboriginal Communities (as listed in the schedule of the Directions), with penalties applying for breaches. It is recommend you read the Directions in full to understand the extent and circumstances in which they apply.
Current AAPA permit holders must comply with the Biosecurity Act restrictions and the Directions at all times, regardless of the terms or dates of the AAPA permit that has been issued.
New permit applications that are made and would be in breach of the Biosecurity Act restrictions and/or the Directions will not be issued by the Department in the first instance with compliant permit applications being referred to the relevant community for consideration. Please note that while a new permit request may not be in breach either the Biosecurity Act restrictions or the Directions, the Aboriginal community group/Corporation and/or Department may still refuse the grant of the permit if to grant same would not be to the benefit of the Aboriginal inhabitants and pending updates as they are provided by other State and Commonwealth agencies.
For further information and updates related to COVID-19 please refer to the Department of Health's website.
Travel permits for Aboriginal reserves
Most people passing through or visiting communities on Aboriginal Lands Trust reserves proclaimed under Part III of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 (the Act) must obtain an Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority (AAPA) Lands Permit (ALPS) to comply with the Act.
Please note, ALPS is not to be used for mining activity on Aboriginal Lands. The Mining Entry Permit process is outlined below for your information.
Applying for a travel permit online
Before applying for a permit, please read the permit information and user guide documents.
Plan your journey
Please check the interctive map if you are unsure whether your journey passes through these lands.
Please note that the map is unavailable during the following times (Western Australian time):
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 02:00AM – 03:30AM
- Wednesday: 00:30AM – 03:30AM
Apply for a permit online
ALPS frequently asked questions