With regional restrictions being lifted, is now the best time to make your move?
Life in Western Australia has changed dramatically since the outbreak of Covid-19 across the country, with new government restrictions and advice coming in almost daily.
Luckily, it seems that we are seeing the light at the end of a very long tunnel with new advice coming from the WA state government recently, with the announcement of the state moving into Phase 2 of the four-phase Covid-19 Roadmap that will help Western Australians get back to life as normal, or as normal as it can be!
What restrictions have there been on moving house?
While removalists services like ours have been deemed as an essential service under Freight and Logistics definitions by each State Government and have been able to operate through the duration of the pandemic, fears of the virus and limitations on travel have understandably encouraged people to delay their move.
The WA regional travel restrictions during Phase 1 of the WA Roadmap meant that while removalists were exempt from restrictions, residents moving between regions needed to apply for a travel permit, which added an additional barrier for people.
As of Monday, May 18th, some of these restrictions for residents have been lifted as the state moves into Phase 2 of the Roadmap.
The strict regional travel restrictions have been softened somewhat, so that you can now travel to your “neighbouring regions”, with travel allowed between:
- South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Perth-Peel regions,
- Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions,
- Goldfields-Esperance region,
- And within Kimberley Local Government areas.
So if you’re moving to your new home within these newly expanded regions, i.e. if you are moving from Perth to Busselton for example, you can do so without needing to apply for a permit.
What effect will relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions have on moving house?
More restrictions will be lifted as we move through the different phases of the Roadmap, and while we are in Phase 2 from May 18th, there are still details being confirmed for what Phase 3 will look like, which is estimated to come into effect 4 weeks after Phase 2.
While the details are still being confirmed for the remainder of the Roadmap, we anticipate there will be an influx of move requests coming in around June and July, due to lifted and relaxed restrictions. If you are planning to move during this time, we suggest booking in early to avoid disappointment and delays.
Moving during Covid-19 FAQs
Do I need a permit to move between regions?
As mentioned, while the regions have been expanded with Phase 2 of the Roadmap, you – as a resident – will still need a permit if you are traveling from, for example, the Perth Metro region to the Pilbara. You can apply for a permit and learn more here. The Moving Man as an essential service provider will still be able to operate as previously.
Will I need to self-isolate once I have moved into my new home?
No, as long as you are moving within WA, you will not need to self-isolate, even if you are moving between regions.
Do I have to pack my own things?
It’s up to you! If you feel safer packing yourself, you are more than welcome to, however we are still offering this service and will still apply strict health and safety measures to ensure you and your family’s safety and hygiene.
Will there be any delays on my move?
As removalists have been deemed as an essential service, there are no restrictions to stop us from working. However, delays may come from restrictions from moving across regions and although most permits are approved within 24 hours, it would be prudent to factor any time delays due to permits you need into your plans.
So if you are ready to make your move in country WA or if you have any other questions, The Moving Man is happy to help! We have over 30 years of experience in moving WA families to their dream home and would love to help you with your move. Get in touch with us today!
Gordon Crawford is the figure behind The Moving Man, a family operated removalist located in Perth with more than 30 years of experience in moving people’s homes from Perth city to anywhere in WA, including to rural towns in the South West.