COVID-19 – Advice for travel to rural and remote Aboriginal towns and communities
COVID-19 spreads easily between family members, especially when they gather together for joyful celebrations or sorry business. Let’s keep our mob safe!
NSW Health strongly recommends anyone travelling to rural and remote Aboriginal communities across NSW:
- get vaccinated
- if you are sick, don’t travel! Do the right thing, have a test, and wait at home until you know it is negative.
And remember, whether you are travelling for work or coming together with family and friends, it’s important to protect one another by:
- checking in to places and showing your vaccination certificate
- wearing a face mask when you are in with people outside of family
- checking advice on keeping workers safe and COVIDSafe Travel Choices
By taking these steps, you can help to keep you and your loved ones safe from COVID-19.
Visit NSW Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) for information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and physical distancing.
Visiting rural and remote communities
Advice for travellers
Due to the COVID-19 risk, many Aboriginal communities in NSW are uncomfortable about tourists travelling to their towns and communities.
Be respectful of the concerns and wishes of the local community.
Advice for workers and organisations
It is crucial that workers do not visit Aboriginal communities if they
- are ill, no matter how mild the symptoms, or
- have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
The risk to Aboriginal communities from visiting workers could increase depending on the nature of the work, the locations the worker has travelled from and work practices.
To minimise this risk, organisations with staff who travel to rural and remote Aboriginal communities should complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes consideration of the issues outlined in the checklist for visiting remote Aboriginal communities.
Community Action Plans
Community Action Plans (CAPs) set out actions and responsibilities for organisations and agencies in three stages.
CAPs are developed through the Local Emergency Management Committees in consultation with community members, NSW Health, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and other interested stakeholders and partners.
The plans set out an agreed approach for managing:
- Level 1: Prepare: COVID-19 has not entered the community
- Level 2: Confirmed Cases in Community
- Level 3: Elimination – virus is not contained
Plans have been prepared for the following communities:
- Community Action Plan - Baryugil/Malabugilmah (PDF, 212.81 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Bellbrook (PDF, 142.26 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Birrigan Gargle LALC Ngaru Village (PDF, 210.9 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Bourke (PDF, 186.3 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Brewarrina (PDF, 209.24 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Cummeragunja (PDF, 143.41 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Enngonia (PDF, 180.79 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Goodooga (PDF, 234.41 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Ivanhoe Central Darling (PDF, 1.18 MB)
- Community Action Plan – Jerrinja Aboriginal Community (PDF, 124.57 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Karuah Aboriginal Mission (PDF, 370.12 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Mid North Coast Police District – Remote Discreet Communities (PDF, 226.9 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Mid Coast Local Emergency Management Committee (PDF, 182.83 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Moonahcullah (PDF, 141.36 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Moree (PDF, 158.05 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Murrumbidgee Wiradjuri and Nari Nari (PDF, 179.15 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Nanima (PDF, 464.46 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Richmond Police District (PDF, 161.19 KB)
- Community Action Plan - Riverina Murray East (PDF, 164.46 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Toomelah (PDF, 162.23 KB)
- Positive Response Procedure – Toomelah Boggabilla (PDF, 79.08 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Walgett (PDF, 203.89 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Wallaga Lake (PDF, 1.61 MB)
- Community Action Plan – Wamba Wamba (PDF, 140.6 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Weilmoringle (PDF, 192.7 KB)
- Community Action Plan – Wilcannia Central Darling (PDF, 1.21 MB)
Communities have nominated their requirements for visitors.
Preference on visits
Lawful visitors are welcome however be COVID safe and comply with preventative measures on your visit.
The community does not object to visitors but supports ongoing messaging with regard to physical distancing.
Touring visitors are respectfully asked to only stop where essential. Lawful visitors are asked to comply with COVID-19 preventative measures and actions during their visit.