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Education, schools and childcare - Western Australia

Updated on 25 March 2021, at 15:00 AET


All students are expected to attend school unless:

  • they are medically vulnerable
  • they have medically vulnerable family members

Parents and guardians can enter school grounds subject to physical distancing and good hygiene.

School assemblies, excursions and inter-school activities are permitted, subject to the 1-person-per-2-square-metre rule.

School camps are also permitted but camp providers must adhere to WA COVID-19 health guidelines.

Residential boarding facilities across Western Australia have also reopened — provided they can safely manage their numbers of students and meet health requirements.

Year 9 students who couldn’t sit the NAPLAN tests this year because of COVID-19, will be afforded more flexibility in the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment so they can achieve their WA Certificate of Education.


Childcare facilities within WA remain open. Facilities within the restricted areas of WA remain open for families of essential workers.

TAFE and Universities

TAFE has resumed face-to-face classes, but universities will decide whether students must physically attend classes — not the state — so contact your university to see if you need to attend campus.

Mandatory contact register

Most businesses in Western Australia need to collect visitors’ contact details for contact tracing purposes. Visitors include patrons, staff, contractors and volunteers. The details collected will include contact telephone number, location, date and arrival time.

Unaccompanied children under 16 are encouraged but don’t need to register. Adults accompanying children under 16 are encouraged to register for them.

If you attend a boarding school or residential college (this doesn’t include residents), you must provide your contact details.

Business owners can use their preferred collection method if they collect the necessary details. However, the WA Government recommends that businesses use the SafeWA app to register visitors’ contact details.

Businesses that use their own QR code for registration must also display the SafeWA QR code. Visitors can then choose their preferred QR code registration platform.

Businesses and visitors can download the SafeWA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

For more information, visit and click on ‘SafeWA: Online contact register’.

For information about other restrictions in Western Australia, visit and select the ‘COVID-19: Information’ link, then click on 'What you can and can't do'.

You can also call the WA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843). If you're interstate, call 1800 595 206. If you're overseas, call +61 8 9118 3100.

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