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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 208 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 March 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 March 2020


208. Hon PETER COLLIER to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the comments of the Minister for Health on 6PR on Monday, 16 March, on self-isolation for travellers returning to Western Australia.

(1) Will the minister confirm that all people returning to Western Australia from overseas travel must self-isolate for 14 days?

(2) Will the minister confirm that a person or persons who cohabit with a traveller are not required to self-isolate?

(3) Will returned travellers be required to isolate from all other inhabitants within the premises; and, if not, why not?

(4) Will the minister confirm that should a returned traveller display any COVID-19 symptoms, they must immediately present for testing?

(5) If yes to (4), will all other cohabitants be required to self-isolate and be tested; and, if not, why not?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised of the following.

(1) Yes. Anyone arriving in Australia from 9.00 pm Australian Western Standard Time on Sunday, 15 March, must self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

(2) Yes. Non-traveller cohabitants are not required to self-isolate.

(3) Yes. Self-isolating travellers must, by all means possible, remain isolated from other household members.

(4) Yes.

(5) No. Other household residents can undertake their normal activities while awaiting test results.