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The Pleasure Garden at Fringe World Festival. Photo by Court McAllister.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA results

May 27, 2020
WA results from the Audience Outlook Monitor are available now, showing how Western Australian audiences feel about attending arts and culture events in the context of the COVID-19.

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Regulations

Upcoming regulation amendments for local governments

Apr 6, 2020

LG Alert

To continue to support local governments during the COVID-19 outbreak, the department is urgently progressing amendments to the following Local Government Regulations.
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New restrictions on the number of people at funerals

Apr 2, 2020
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State Government has introduced new provisions to prohibit certain indoor and outdoor activities.

Liquor licence renewal fees waived as part of $1 billion COVID-19 economic package

Mar 31, 2020
Licensees will soon be contacted regarding the State Government announcement.
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$159m COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide crisis support

Mar 30, 2020
Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have today established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.
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New intrastate travel restrictions from midnight, Tuesday 31 March 2020

Mar 28, 2020

LG Alert

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State Government will introduce further restrictions on travel within Western Australia from midnight Tuesday night (12.00am Wednesday morning).
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Notice of Electronic Council Meetings During Emergencies

Mar 28, 2020
Following the commencement of amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1998, the following clarification is advised.
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New support for small businesses during liquor restrictions

Mar 27, 2020
Six-month occasional liquor licenses to allow for sale of liquor with takeaway meals. Liquor restrictions adjusted for cellar door sales. Hotline and email set up for licensees with queries about packaged liquor.
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Regulation amendments for electronic attendance – enabling council meetings to continue during emergencies

Mar 24, 2020
His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulations to allow local government councils to hold meetings electronically during a public health emergency or a state of emergency. This can be via teleconference, video conference or other electronic means.
The beautiful historic buildings of the bustling port town of Fremantle in Western Australia.

Instructions to close certain places of business, worship and entertainment

Mar 23, 2020

Departmental Circular 4 2020

Under the Emergency Management Act 2005, the Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator, Chris Dawson, has issued directions regarding the closure of various establishments to the public in WA to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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Cultural and art institutions

Mar 23, 2020
At 12.00pm today, as part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia will close in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19.
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Public Authorities (Delivery of Goods and Collection of Rubbish and Refuse) Directions

Mar 20, 2020
Local governments have been providing assistance to ensure that goods can be delivered to shops in a timely manner.
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Electronic attendance at meetings

Mar 20, 2020
The department understands the challenges that local governments are facing in regard to social distancing and possible individual self-isolation in Western Australia.
Page reviewed 24 March 2020