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COVID-19: Update for Local Government
9 March 2022

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Very High Caseload in WA
WA will move to very high COVID-19 caseload settings from 12.01am on Thursday, 10 March. 
The Chief Health Officer has advised that very high caseload settings should be introduced due to increasing case numbers to ensure that critical industries can continue operating.

From 10 March, Local Governments that have registered their critical workers will have the option of implementing new testing and isolation protocols for critical workers, if there is the potential for a high impact on services. 

Critical workers who are asymptomatic close contacts can attend work as a last resort, if mutually agreed between employer and employee, with adherence to the following protocols:
  • Record a daily negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to attending or on arrival at the workplace;
  • Wear a surgical mask to work and outside your home, and travel alone, if possible;
  • When not at work, self isolate;
  • If symptoms ever develop, follow the symptomatic close contact protocols; and
  • If a RAT is positive, follow the confirmed positive case protocols.
The COVID Transition (Critical Worker) Amendment Directions (No 2) has been released.  A key amendment to the original COVID Transition (Critical Worker) Directions makes clear that a critical worker can include a contractor.   
Further information can be viewed here.
Reminder - Waste Management and COVID-19 Webinar 11 March
WALGA is hosting a webinar on waste management COVID-19  considerations at 1:30pm on Friday, 11 March.
The webinar will focus on the contingency plans that some key waste management players have in place, the WA Government Critical Worker policy and the various considerations regarding Licences for waste management facilities.

Speakers will include:
  • Tim Youé, Resource Recovery Group
  • Scott Cairns, Mindarie Regional Council
  • Damian Downes, Cleanaway  
  • Kate Louden, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Ed Schuller and Germaine Larcombe, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
For more information and to register, click here.
Webinar - COVID-19 Insights from Other States
WALGA Employee Relations is hosting a joint webinar with the Local Government Associations of New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland on Local Governments’ management of COVID-19 in the workplace in other States on Thursday, 17 March from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
The Associations will share insights and explore some of the approaches and practices adopted by Local Governments in other Australian jurisdictions to manage COVID-19 in the workplace.

This webinar is suitable for employees in Local Government who work in Human Resources and management roles.

Speakers will include:
  • Adam Dansie, Local Government NSW
  • Samantha Killington, Local Government Association of South Australia
  • Tony Goode, Local Government Association of Queensland
For more information and to register, click here.
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