Intrastate Travel Restrictions Update – 31 March 2020
Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today received official confirmation that those identified as essential persons travelling for race meetings and other race related activity (essential to racing) will be classed as work/employment, and therefore will be exempt from the WA Government’s intrastate travel restrictions.
Those considered essential persons for the conduct of racing include:
 Licensed jockeys or drivers engaged to compete at a race meeting, trial or trackwork
 Licensed trainers with runners engaged at a race meeting, trial or trackwork
 Registered stable or kennel staff of trainers with runners engaged at a race meeting, trial or trackwork
 Racing vision broadcasters and official on-course photographers
 Horse transport staff
 RWWA staff and officials: stewards and integrity staff, clerk of scales, clerk of the course, driving master, mobile driver, starters, judges, jockey coach, kennel staff, lure driver, starters, swab attendants, race caller and media/content personnel.
 Race club staff and officials: doctor, ambulance officers, veterinarian, curator and track staff, barrier attendants, farrier, club operational staff, required gate and race day office staff, judges/timekeeper and photofinish operator.
The WA Government has advised that check points and mobile police patrols will be in place to monitor travel across boundaries, and therefore they are encouraging, where possible, to assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer.
Therefore, it is important that all licenced essential persons travelling must carry their RWWA issued licence card at all times. Essential persons who are not licenced participants (e.g. racing vision broadcasters, judges, etc.) must have their essential person’s identification card as issued by RWWA.
RWWA is currently working through a process by which an SMS will be sent to trainers and stable/kennel staff engaged at race meetings. Further details regarding this will be communicated soon.
Intrastate travel restrictions will be implemented from 11.59pm tonight, with Western Australians no longer being permitted to travel outside of their regional boundary, as an important measure that will help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The regional boundaries mirror those of the regional development commissions, however, due to their close proximity, the Perth and Peel regions will combine into one region.
Additional information regarding intrastate travel restrictions is expected to be posted soon to the WA Government website here.