APP — COMPLIANCE
COLIN de GRUSSA to the minister representing the Minister for Health:
I ask this question on behalf of Hon
Martin Aldridge, who is away on urgent parliamentary business.
I refer to a report from ABC News on
9 October 2021 showing that usage of the SafeWA app has plummeted from a high
of around 19 million check-ins per week to fewer than 10 million check-ins per
(1) Is the use of the SafeWA app
still mandatory; and, if so, how is the government ensuring compliance?
(2) What measures
is the state government taking to address the potential risk of a COVID-19
outbreak, given the complacency around the SafeWA app?
(3) How many weekly check-ins on the
SafeWA app occurred in the week of 7 to 13 June?
(4) How many weekly check-ins on the
SafeWA app occurred for the most recent week on record?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. I provide this answer on behalf of the Minister
for Mental Health.
(1) Yes; use is
mandated by the Contact Register Directions issued by the State Emergency
Controller under the Emergency Management Act 2005. Authorised officers may
inspect premises to monitor compliance with contact register requirements.
(2) The government continues to require use of the app
and encourages this through communications. WA remains in a state of
emergency and the government has multiple measures in place to help keep WA
safe. The potential risk of a COVID-19 outbreak is addressed through multiple
public health outbreak management strategies, including the COVID-19
vaccination program, travel and border restrictions, testing and quarantine
requirements, use of COVID safety plans and guidelines, outbreak management and
response plans, and the use of the SafeWA app and contact registers.
(3) There were 9 442 653 check-ins.
(4) From 6 to 12 October 2021, there
were 8 787 146 check-ins.