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ImperatorFuriosa

We are supposed to be moving back to WA in Jan and I was wondering if anyone has first time success with the exemption form? I rang the hotline and got not to fill it out till at least 2 weeks before we are supposed to fly back. I kind of feel this is cutting it to close. I was thinking the end of November. I'm quietly panicking on the inside.

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BECZ

Pretty hard, so I’ve heard.

There was a WA girl who goes to boarding school in (Nth - I think) QLD and they would let her go home to visit her family over the holidays and a young couple were planning on moving home to WA to have their first baby with the support of family.  Baby is born and they have been continually rejected.

Here it is.  It’s ACA

https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/coronavirus-west-v-the-rest-could-a-waxit-be-on-the-horizon-for-western-australians/582cc03c-e8cd-4263-8b7b-9866482ce953

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ImperatorFuriosa
2 minutes ago, BECZ said:

Pretty hard, so I’ve heard.

There was a WA girl who goes to boarding school in (Nth - I think) QLD and they would let her go home to visit her family over the holidays and a young couple were planning on moving home to WA to have their first baby with the support of family.  Baby is born and they have been continually rejected.

Here it is.  It’s ACA

https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/coronavirus-west-v-the-rest-could-a-waxit-be-on-the-horizon-for-western-australians/582cc03c-e8cd-4263-8b7b-9866482ce953

Well, sh*t.

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But seriously

Its tough - at least at this stage. I cant see it getting easier until after the election

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ImperatorFuriosa
Just now, But seriously said:

Its tough - at least at this stage. I cant see it getting easier until after the election

Crud, I have no idea what we are going to do if we can't get in.

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~Jolly_F~
9 minutes ago, ImperatorFuriosa said:

Crud, I have no idea what we are going to do if we can't get in.

Cross your fingers and hope for the best. That’s all I have been doing for our interstate move... 

Seriously though do you have jobs lined up? That seems to help the people in know moving to WA during this. 

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ImperatorFuriosa
Just now, ~Jolly_F~ said:

Cross your fingers and hope for the best. 

Seriously though do you have jobs lined up? That seems to help the people in know moving to WA during this. 

Nope, nothing. DP is getting retrenched and we can only live here if you work in the town or at the mine. We have a house in Perth so we thought it was our best option. If we get stuck, we will have to bide our time in Darwin. 

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Meepy

It appears that some people from NZ have not found it that hard.  How annoying for you, I hope it works out for you.

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ImperatorFuriosa
21 minutes ago, Meepy said:

It appears that some people from NZ have not found it that hard.  How annoying for you, I hope it works out for you.

Thanks, me too!

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Ellie bean
22 minutes ago, Meepy said:

It appears that some people from NZ have not found it that hard.  How annoying for you, I hope it works out for you.

Yes this makes me so angry!!!

Good luck OP

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22Fruitmincepies

I know a couple who moved back here for no particular reason (that I know of, their adult child is here but they are retired). I think it can be partly luck. 

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It's Percy

If you have a house where you can self isolate, you will be fine. People who are being rejected tend not to have such a place.

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Let-it-go

I know 2 who’ve moved from LA (originally from there but no tie now) and another whose returned after FIFO.  They’ve achieved it, all did their mandatory quarantine which they paid for.  But they did it, not huge lead times either.  The one who returned from FIFO just did self isolation at home, others did the quarantine in a hotel. 

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PocketIcikleflakes

We're looking at moving back around then as well. 

DP got permission to return from FIFO in NSW until the regs for NSW increased. The main points they'd wanted to know was how he was going to isolate.

Our application will focus on the fact that we're coming home to our own house, we can isolate there (we've done it before), we know how to get supplies, get food etc there before we do to set us up for the first few days, medicines, GP contacts and a list of people who can drop stuff to the end of the driveway. I'm tempted to include the place we get alcohol delivered from so they know we're serious.

I was planning on applying maybe at the start of January but I'll track how everything going.

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JRA

WA has now made it clear you don’t need to apply for a permit. You just turn up, it may mean you can isolate at home, or you may need to isolate in hotel.

surely the precedent of the NZers cannot be ignored

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SeaPrincess
1 hour ago, JRA said:

WA has now made it clear you don’t need to apply for a permit. You just turn up, it may mean you can isolate at home, or you may need to isolate in hotel.

surely the precedent of the NZers cannot be ignored

That’s not what the info on the WA Govt website says

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

It could have changed over the weekend, but Mark McGowan linked to this page yesterday on Facebook. I don’t think I’d just turn up.

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~Jolly_F~
2 minutes ago, SeaPrincess said:

That’s not what the info on the WA Govt website says

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

It could have changed over the weekend, but Mark McGowan linked to this page yesterday on Facebook. I don’t think I’d just turn up.

I think you missed the sarcasm. 

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SeaPrincess
Just now, ~Jolly_F~ said:

I think you missed the sarcasm. 

I did. I often do in text, but especially with this as there is so much dissent.

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Blizzard of Blue

In my experience, it is really hard. 

My partner was a self-funded FIFO and has had to stay over there since March, or choose to quit his job.  He is unable to come home (to Vic) as they won't let him back in for work (as he is self-funded, not official FIFO).

I have had my applications for entry rejected a few times. First they said they would only allow FIFO families in to relocate, not visit - so we bought a house and I am planning to relocate. Now they wont let me in because I don't have a job or skills essential to WA.  They keep moving the goalposts and it is incredibly frustrating.

 

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MsLaurie

Don’t have an essential job or skills?? That is absolutely stupid. The sort of thing that almost makes you want the border rules challenged in the High Court. 

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No Drama Please

TBH I think it's crazy that you can put demands on actual citizens such as "require essential jobs or skills" to move within their own country.  I get hard borders in the beginning but since the numbers are down I really think they should have opened the borders between the States first long before they allowed any travel bubbles with other countries.  You just can't have people coming from overseas unless people are free to move within their own country.     

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SeaPrincess

While there are limited flights available and limited seats on those flights, people returning home should be prioritised. We know someone who was in the eastern states when the border closed and had his return to his family denied at least 4 times. He a sports parent, so I don’t know him well, and I don’t even know if he’s back now. If you’re trying to relocate, keep applying - I do also know someone who has relocated back to Perth from living interstate in the midst of this.

The essential skills categories are clearly defined as:

  • Health services
  • Emergency services
  • Transport, freight and logistics
  • Specialist skills, not available in WA, for industry or business continuity
  • National or State security and governance
  • Courts and judicial services

We’ve been minimally impacted here in WA. The children missed a total of 2 weeks of actual schooling at the end of first term. At the peak of border closures, movement within the state was restricted, but that’s no longer the case. Locally, support for the border closure remains high.

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PocketIcikleflakes

@Blizzard of Blue I agree with the advice of keep on applying. Vic is under different restrictions than the other states still which will be making it much harder. I think it's now been eased so Victorians can self isolate? Maybe focus on the details on how you'd isolate? How you'd get supplies, where your partner will go while you all isolate, how you'll go about registering at GPs etc? 

Have you been able to contact the help line to go over your application when it's been rejected? I was advised to do that when DP got stuck in NSW.

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