COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates

Uniting remains focused on reducing the impacts of COVID-19 on our team, the people we support and the broader community. This page will be updated regularly.

Latest update: Thursday 25 February 2021.

COVID vaccine priority phased rollout.

The Australian Government has begun to implement a COVID-19 vaccine plan that will be rolled out in phases, with priority groups receiving the first doses.

People who live in disability residential supported accommodation with more than 2 people sit within priority group Phase 1a, while those who are supported only in the community sit within priority group Phase 1b. This means that they will be among the first to have access to the vaccine in Australia. To learn more about the priority groups and the phased rollout plan, visit the Department of Health website.

The vaccine is voluntary
The COVID vaccine is voluntary, and you can decide whether you want to be vaccinated or not. The vaccine is also voluntary for Support Workers, but people have a choice over whether they choose to be supported by people who may not have had the vaccine.

The Department of Health has created a dedicated page for people with disability which includes Easy Read and other resources.

We’re here to help
Details regarding the timing and location for receiving vaccines are still to be confirmed, though we will continue to provide updates via this page.

Everyone who chooses to receive the vaccine will need to provide a signed Australian Government consent form.

If you’re supported by Uniting and have any questions about the COVID vaccine priority rollout, please get in touch with your Uniting Service Lead or Senior Case Worker.

View the Uniting COVID vaccine FAQs here.


Update: Friday 12 February 2021.

An update on transitional COVID restrictions in Perth and Peel.

The transitional COVID restrictions in Perth and Peel ended as planned on Sunday 14 February.

These areas have now returned to the pre-lockdown conditions that were in place prior to 6pm on Sunday, 31 January.

These conditions include:

  • 2 square metre rule applies (with some exceptions)
  • Contact registers, which are mandatory at most businesses and venues to help with contact tracing
  • WA’s controlled interstate border arrangement, which is based on public health advice, and permits travel to and from WA, subject to conditions.

Family members who would like to visit loved ones in Uniting homes are welcome to visit residents, but some additional restrictions are in place.

You should not visit if you have:

  • Returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • Been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • A fever or symptoms of acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath).

If you have any questions about visiting a loved one in a Uniting home, please contact your Uniting Service Lead or Team Leader.

If you have any other questions, please call 1300 663 298 or email us at hello@unitingwa.org.au.

For more information on current COVID measures visit www.wa.gov.au.

Uniting COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs


Update: Friday 5 February 2021.

An update on COVID lockdown measures.

The hard lockdown of Perth, Peel and the South West is due to end today at 6pm, provided that there are no new local cases before then.

Stay-at-home rules will be lifted, but interim restrictions will apply to Perth and Peel until 12:01am on Sunday morning, 14 February.

The South West will immediately return to pre-lockdown conditions today at 6pm.  Our Great Southern (Albany) offices are still unaffected.

Post-lockdown measures for the Perth and Peel regions until Sunday 14 February include: 

  • Masks must be worn at all times in public, unless exempt or for vigorous outdoor exercise
  • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • 4 square metre capacity rule
  • Visits to aged care and disability care facilities are restricted to compassionate grounds
  • All businesses and venues can reopen, except for Crown Casino and nightclubs
  • 150-person capacity at hospitality and entertainment venues including weddings and funerals
  • Only essential travel in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA.

Services that were paused during the hard lockdown will now operate with strict hygiene, health and safety measures in place. If you have any questions about the services you receive, please get in touch with your direct support team.

Please contact your Uniting Service Lead or Team Leader if you would like to visit a family member or loved one in a Uniting home. 

You can also email us at hello@unitingwa.org.au or call 1300 663 298.

For more information on the post-lockdown measures visit www.wa.gov.au.

Uniting COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs


Update: Monday 1 February 2021

5-day hard lockdown.

In response to the 5-day lockdown in Perth, Peel and the South West regions, Uniting WA has paused non-critical face-to-face services in these areas until 6pm Friday 5 February.

Our Great Southern (Albany) services are not affected.

The following services will continue to operate with improved safety measures:

• Tranby Engagement Hub and Homelessness services, including outreach
• Family Group Homes
• My Home / supported accommodation
• Welfare checks on participants.

We are connecting with the people we support via phone or online wherever possible.

If you have an existing appointment during this week we will contact you or you can reach us on hello@unitingwa.org.au or 1300 663 298.


As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, Uniting remains focused on ensuring the safety of our team, the people we support and the community.

Our response to the pandemic is informed by public health advice and our Pandemic Response Team. We’ll keep people informed of our actions and decisions for the duration of the pandemic.

During lockdown periods, we’ll minimise non-critical face-to-face services and work remotely wherever possible.

Critical face-to-face services continuing with improved safety:

• Tranby Engagement Hub and Homelessness services, including outreach
• Family Group Homes
• My Home / supported accommodation
• Welfare checks on participants.

Additional precautions and safety measures:

• Careful return to usual workplaces and support services after lockdowns
• Observing strict hygiene practices and social distancing
• Minimising teams working across different services
• Minimising visitor and community access to services and offices where appropriate.

We will keep you informed

We’ll continue to review our response to the pandemic and provide regular updates to our team, our volunteers, the people we support and their families.

Please contact your support worker if you have a question or concern.

You can also contact us at hello@unitingwa.org.au or phone 1300 663 298. 

For up to date information, we recommend you regularly visit the following websites:

WA Department of Health

Australian Department of Health

If you have any questions, please contact us on hello@unitingwa.org.au or call 1300 663 298.