(1) During a public
health state of emergency, the Chief Health Officer is responsible for
coordinating any activities of public authorities that the Chief Health
Officer considers necessary or desirable to coordinate for responding to the
public health emergency.
(2) For the purposes
of that coordination, the Chief Health Officer may —
direct any public authority to do or not to do any act, or to perform or not
to perform any function; and
appoint an officer of a public authority to have overall control of particular
activities carried out by public authorities in response to the public health
emergency, where a number of public authorities are involved.
(3) If a direction is
given to a public authority under subsection (2)(a) —
public authority must comply with the direction within the time and in the
manner, if any, specified in the direction; and
direction prevails to the extent of any conflict or inconsistency with any
written law or other law, but subject to section 164(3).
(4) This section does
not authorise the Chief Health Officer —
direct the Police Force of Western Australia, or any police officer, to do or
not to do any act, or to perform or not to perform any function; or
appoint a police officer to have control of particular activities under
subsection (2)(b), except with the agreement of the Commissioner of Police or
a senior police officer.