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Permits for farmers and agricultural workers outside the border zone

18 August 2020

Farmers and critical agricultural workers who reside outside the Border Region in Victoria will now have a new pathway to enter NSW and move outside the ‘border bubble’ for work.
 

Under the changes, individuals will be able to access a new Highly Specialised Critical Services (Agriculture) Permit if they: 

  • provide a highly specialised critical agricultural service
  • are moving and working anywhere within 100km of the New South Wales/Victorian border, on the NSW side
  • comply with strict conditions if staying overnight
  • adhere to other safety requirements, including self-isolating when not delivering the critical service. 

Exemptions for individuals needing to move beyond the 100km limit for work will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The changes come into effect at noon today and the new permits will be available via the Service NSW website.

This is a sensible solution to the issues caused by recent changes and ensures our state’s agriculture sector has the workforce it needs to keep powering ahead in the midst of improving seasonal conditions.

While this will be very welcome news, it does not solve all the problems and in my view, is just the first step towards allowing the critical agriculture sector on both sides of border to operate freely, as it needs to.

At my request, the Health Minister has committed to reviewing the Public Health Order again next week.

I will continue to work with industry and my colleagues to ensure the right policy settings are in place to support our State’s agriculture industry and protect the health and wellbeing of NSW residents.

For more information visit Service NSW.

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