For the latest WA Government information and advice, visit the official WA Covid website.
If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
WA Safe transition plan
WA Premier Mark McGowan announced the state now has a first dose vaccination rate of 89.1% for 12 years+ and 79.9% double dose vaccination rate for 12 years+.
The Government yesterday announced what the ongoing restrictions and requirements will be when WA reopens its borders at 12:01am on Saturday 5 February 2022.
Men’s Sheds of WA encourage all Shedders to get their vaccination and booster shots when they are available in preparation of 5 February 2021.
We’ve prepared some fact sheets to help Sheds in the lead up to the 5 February transition date:
COVID-19 Transition plan summary
COVID-19 Vaccine proof information sheet
Men’s Sheds of WA state opening position statement
Roll up for WA
Book your vaccine at https://rollup.wa.gov.au/.
We recommend Sheds:
- promote the benefits of vaccines to their members
- distribute information to dispel vaccine myths/concerns
- promote the Department of Health information line
- adopt safe working practices (no handshakes, hand sanitisers, washing etc)
- encourage shedders to take other members for vaccines.
Mandatory Contact registers
From 5 December 2020, all Men’s Sheds in WA are required to maintain contact registers to facilitate WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing in the event of an outbreak in WA.
To facilitate the contact register, the State Government has released a free app, SafeWA, which is a digital COVID-19 contact register system, endorsed by the Department of Health.
SafeWA enables business to register and download a unique QR codes that visitors can scan to register their attendance. Data is stored securely and only accessed by Department of Health contact tracing personnel, should COVID-19 contact tracing be necessary.
The details required for the contact register will include the date, arrival time, names and telephone numbers. You do not need to record visitors under the age of 16 years.
Learn more about SafeWA
Alternative contact registers are permitted
We recommend all Sheds register to use the SafeWA app to enable easy and contactless registration of visitors to your Sheds. But provide an alternative paper-based contact register option for people who don’t have access to the app.
Covid Safety Plans
COVID Safety Plans are required to be updated where necessary and continue to be implemented.
How are you?
If you need support consider speaking to one of the many professional support services that can help:
Information in different languages
Fact sheets translated in 60 different languages are available to help people find important information on Coronavirus health matters, travel issues and income support measures.
Travel Alerts and Self Isolation Guidelines
For aged care residents and families
The Financial Counsellors’ Association of WA provide resources, tools, and counselling for people experiencing financial hardship in WA, and they have prepared some COVID-19 specific resources which can be found here.
MoneySmart has released Information to look after yourself and your money
Trusted sources for general information
Close down your shed
In the event we have another shut down, please make sure you have a plan in place to shut down your Shed. Consider the following:
- Security: ensure your Shed is locked up and as many tools and materials are stored safely. You may consider off-siting any items that are expensive/attractive to thieves e.g. take to member’s homes/ other secure premises.
- Fire prevention: Lock away your wheelie bins (preferably inside the shed). Make sure that no pallets or flammable materials are stored against the Shed.
- Social Media: Don’t place any closed notices on open Social Media channels or your Shed door – We don’t want to advertise an opportunity for thieves.
- Mail: cancel or redirect any deliveries or mail
- Water: ensure the water is switched off (unless it is supplying a sprinkler system)
- Checking in: If safe and legal to do so, have someone check on the shed occasionally
- Oil and turn off all tools properly.
Keep in touch with your shedders
During lock down you need to be able to keep the shed spirit alive so make sure you have the contact information for all of your shedders and consider setting up a phone-tree or buddy system or consider an online option like zoom meetings or a Facebook group to keep in touch with your shedders.
We’ve prepared some information sheets for you on setting up phone-trees or buddy systems and how to use some online options to keep in touch with your Shedders: