COVID-19 virus in Australia
We are fortunate in Western Australia that there are no reported cases of the COVID-19 virus, and only 15 cases in the Eastern States of Australia. The majority of cases remain in China, and especially in the Hubei province which has been in quarantine since late January. Our thoughts are with all those in China, especially those affected by the virus.
Since the beginning of the outbreak Curtin University has acted to keep our community safe, and we will continue to follow the advice of the Federal Government health authorities. We are confident our campuses in Western Australia are safe places to work and study.
To address the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Australian Government has implemented the following travel restrictions:
- foreign nationals – excluding permanent residents – who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left.
- Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians and dependants only).
- Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families who have been in mainland China from 1 February 2020, and who return Australia, are required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.
The restrictions are in place until 22 February when they will be reviewed.
Bushfires in Australia
The safety of our community is of the utmost importance to Curtin University. We continue to monitor and act following the advice of the Federal Government and relevant authorities. With this in mind, the Seismix conference and post-conference field trip are proceeding as planned. In recent times, the devastating bushfires largely reported in the news are primarily happening across the states of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Being located on the opposite side of the country, fortunately the air quality in Perth continues to remain in the healthy range and currently there are no travel restrictions for Perth.