Under the new measures, businesses or venues required to keep a contact register include:
- food and licenced venues (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs);
- gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools;
- places of worship and funeral parlours;
- beauty and personal care services including hairdressers and barbers;
- galleries and museums;
- cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues;
- auction houses and real estate inspections;
- community facilities, libraries and halls;
- zoos and amusement parks;
- function centres; and
- accommodation facilities that already have check-in arrangements in place (i.e. hostels, hotels, large camp grounds).
Along with the announcement, the Western Australian government released a free app, SafeWA to provide businesses with a digital COVID-19 contact register system.
For those who choose not to use the app, businesses must maintain a written contact register.
Failing to comply with the new requirements could result in fines and penalties of up to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a body corporate or 12 months’ imprisonment.
The government said records would only be used for the purpose of COVID-19 contact tracing, should it be required, and will only be kept for 28 days and not used for any other purpose.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 is going to present a threat to our lives and livelihoods for some time, so it is important we have the systems in place to keep us safe in the longer term,” said Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan.
“As a Government, we are committed to making sure businesses can keep doing business in a COVID-safe way, no matter the impact of the virus around the world.”
The move from Western Australia comes as NSW recently began its own mandatory contact register system for businesses.
But unlike Western Australia, NSW businesses must use electronic registration systems such as QR codes.