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Funding support for temporary visa holders

Funding support for temporary visa holders

14 July 2020

The NSW Government will fund $4 million to support temporary visa holders and specialist migrant and settlement services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 

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The funding will provide temporary visa holders with access to food and supplies, medical support, telecommunications, transport and essential housing during COVID-19

Funding will also be available to support other services including:

  • culturally appropriate case and support workers
  • transportation and outreach services to connect with isolated communities 
  • interpreting and translation services.

The increased funding is in addition to the $2 million of grants previously distributed as emergency relief to asylum seekers.

Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said temporary visa holders are increasingly at risk of hardship since the outbreak of COVID-19.

“We know that specialist migrant and settlement organisations have had to really step up in extremely challenging times to support some of the most vulnerable in our society with their most basic necessities,” Mr Lee said.

For eligibility information and to apply, visit Multicultural NSW.

Temporary visa holders seeking financial support must apply by 4pm, Monday 27 July 2020.

Emergency Services

Motorists reminded to drive safely during the school holidays

Motorists reminded to drive safely during the school holidays

14 July 2020

Motorists are being reminded to drive safely and monitor road conditions during the NSW July school holidays.

 

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Since the start of the July school holidays, there have been 12 fatal crashes on NSW roads, which has resulted in 14 deaths.

In 2019, there were 16 fatal crashes and 16 people killed over the entire July school holiday period.

Severe weather is also forecast this week for parts of NSW. Motorists are being reminded of the importance of driving to the conditions and slowing down.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Acting Minister for Transport and Roads Paul Toole said school holidays are meant to be a time of fun with family and friends.

“Instead 14 people have lost their lives. Every life lost on our roads is a tragedy and has a devastating ripple effect on local communities,” Mr Toole said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott reminded drivers that dangerous behaviour on our roads will not be tolerated.

“As always, police will be out in full force enforcing the road rules to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.

“After the tragedies we saw on the roads over the weekend, drivers are reminded to keep abreast of weather warnings and not to do anything that might put your life, or the life of a loved one or stranger, in jeopardy.”

Find out more about road safety in NSW

Stay up to date with NSW weather and warnings

Transport

Funding support for suicide prevention

Funding support for suicide prevention

10 July 2020

Over 10,000 volunteer gatekeepers will be trained in suicide prevention to support high-risk populations, industries and communities across NSW. 
 

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The NSW Government will invest $2.8 million in community gatekeeper training over the next three years to deliver the first initiative of the Premier's PrioritiesTowards zero suicides

The gatekeepers will learn how to recognise the signs if someone is at risk of suicide. They will help communities, workers, friends and families to stay safe and seek support.

The initiative will partner with 13 organisations across NSW to deliver gatekeeper training. 

The gatekeepers will be trained with other volunteers to support:

  • construction workers
  • first responders
  • indigenous communities
  • family lawyers
  • men aged between 18 and 35 years
  • veterinarians
  • LGBTIQ communities.

Over half of the 10,000 gatekeepers will locate to regional and rural NSW to provide care.   

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the NSW Government was pleased to deliver the first Towards zero suicides initiative.

“We know that over 40% of people who die by suicide have not reached out for professional support, so having gatekeepers throughout the community trained to help and support people in a crisis is critical in saving lives.”

Learn more about the community gatekeeper training


If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of the following services:

Family & Community Services

Quarantine limits for overseas arrivals in NSW

Quarantine limits for overseas arrivals in NSW

8 July 2020

Overseas quarantine arrivals to Sydney will be capped at 450 passengers each day under new limits by the Australian Government. 
 

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The new limitations will help ensure hotel quarantining continues to be effective in limiting any further spread of COVID-19.

A cap of 450 passengers will be able to land in NSW each day, including a maximum of 50 passengers on each flight.

Guests in quarantine will now need to complete a swab test of day 2 and day 10 of their stay. This will help minimise any further spread of COVID-19.

Hotel quarantining has been operating since 29 March 2020 with support from NSW Police, NSW Health and the Australian Defence Force.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said NSW has invested significant resources in delivering a system which has worked to safeguard NSW residents.

“NSW Police, NSW Health and the Australian Defence Force have worked together to ensure effective hotel quarantining and the Australian Government has heard the NSW message that we need to ensure the system is sustainable,” Minister Elliott said.

Stay up to date with the latest updates on COVID-19.  

Living in NSW

NSW and Victorian border closures

NSW and Victorian border closures

8 July 2020

From Wednesday 8 July 2020, strict penalties will be in place for anyone who breaches the new rules on the temporary NSW and Victorian border closures.
 

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New measures will be in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Temporary border restrictions now include:

  • road closures between the NSW and Victorian border
  • aircrafts travelling from Victoria and arriving into NSW airports will be met by police and health staff
  • NSW residents returning home from Victoria must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Anyone who fails to comply with the rules could face up to six months prison, a fine of $11,000, or both. 

There will be limited exemptions for people allowed to cross the border. This includes: 

  • critical service providers including agriculture and mining workers
  • emergency services workers
  • people requiring medical treatment
  • children attending boarding school
  • people needing to meet legal obligations.

Anyone who needs to enter NSW must apply for a permit from Service NSW.

A new on-the-spot fine of $4000 will apply for any inaccurate information provided in the permit application process. 

Those allowed to enter NSW will need to comply with any conditions of an entry permit including self-isolation.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has moved quickly to implement the border closure following the concerning community spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne.

“There are around 55 border crossings between NSW and Victoria so closing the border is a mammoth task – but it is the right step to take in order to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents,” Mr Hazzard said.

Learn more about the NSW border restrictions

Living in NSW

Your guide to border restrictions

Your guide to border restrictions

What you need to know about the NSW-Victorian border restrictions and applying for an entry permit.

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NSW border entry permit

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

The arrangements will remain in force until it becomes safe to ease the restrictions. 

Anyone seeking to enter NSW may apply for a NSW border entry permit

You must comply with any conditions of the permit as well as other requirements of the public health order.

A strict permit system is in place for all flights arriving in NSW from Victoria and passengers undergo comprehensive police and health checks upon arrival. Find out more about the strict new procedures for Victorian flights.

Apply for a NSW border entry permit

Transitional border entry permits expire after 14 days. Check your permit expiry date.

If you applied for a Transitional border entry permit on 21 July, your permit expires on Tuesday 4 August at 11:59pm and you need to apply for a new permit.  

You will find the expiry date at the top of the permit.

Border Zone (Transitional) Permits were created as a temporary measure for people who live inside the border zone but could not get a new border zone permit because they travelled outside the border zone in the two weeks before 21 July.

If you live in the border zone you can apply for a new Border Zone Residents Permit if you have not left the border zone in the previous 14 days.

If you have another category of border entry permit, check the expiry date and apply for a new permit before your current permit expires. 

Apply for a NSW border entry permit

About the border closure

Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order 2020, anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must not enter NSW unless:

Learn more about the NSW-Victoria border rules.

The high numbers of cases in Victoria, as well as community transmission there and in NSW, indicates ‘seeding’ or transmission of COVID-19 from Victoria into NSW. The new restrictions further tighten controls along NSW’s border with Victoria.

NSW Health is working across the NSW Government to do everything possible to prevent further seeding and transmission from Victoria into NSW.

See our latest news and updates for information on confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW.

  • Movement of freight on a commercial basis
  • Movement of persons on a commercial basis
  • Maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure
  • Medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
  • Commonwealth defence and security services
  • Mining, agriculture, construction, energy or manufacturing
  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection in a workplace or other non-residential premises to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on a commercial basis that is not available locally

The NSW Government will continue to review the arrangements on the border to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The order applies to all people who have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and wish to travel to or through NSW.

Excluding Victoria, there are no restrictions in place for all other states on crossing the NSW border. However, each state or territory has its own entry requirements and travel restrictions. You must comply with any border rules of the state or territory you are entering or leaving.

For information on the requirements for other states, visit the relevant government website.

Checkpoints and crossings

Visit Live Traffic for the latest information on checkpoints at border crossings.
 

At a border checkpoint, you are required to prove your identity with documents that match the name on your permit. 

Acceptable identity documents include

  • state-issued driver’s licence (includes digital licences)
  • identity card with a photo
  • Australian passport
  • passport from an international traveller's home country.

To avoid queues and make your crossing faster

  • ensure you have a valid border entry permit
  • keep your supporting documents ready before you approach the border checkpoint
  • follow traffic regulations, drive safely and obey police direction. 

You must present your border entry permit and any supporting documents at the checkpoint.

Even if you have a permit, under the latest order any non-NSW resident who is seen as a health risk may be refused entry into NSW.

For example, if anyone in the vehicle has visited a COVID-19 hotspot in Victoria within the past 14 days, all passengers may be refused entry into NSW.

Anyone who flies into NSW from Victoria must either be a NSW resident or have a relevant permit that allows entry into NSW. Upon arrival into NSW all passengers from Victoria are:

  • given masks if they left on them the plane

  • temperature checked

  • asked relevant questions about their health

  • their permit is checked to ensure it complies with the strict permit system.

Anyone without a valid permit is referred to NSW Police and taken to the Special Health Accommodation to complete 14 days of quarantine.

Strict instructions and rules are in place for those going into ‘Home Isolation’ including:

  • recommended they be collected in a private car by family or friends

  • not to use public transport to get home

  • to only sit in the back seat of a car with the windows open and air conditioning not on recirculation

  • told to wear their face masks and observe hand hygiene recommendations 

  • called to make sure they arrive home.

NSW Health is provided the contact details of everyone who enters NSW from Victoria.

Permits

Except for permits issued on compassionate grounds, permits issued prior to 22 July will no longer allow a person to enter NSW if that person is not already in NSW before that date. 

If a permit holder is in NSW then their permit will continue unless they leave NSW, when the permit will cease. 

Anyone who has a permit that requires them to comply with a condition must continue to comply with that obligation. For example, if you entered NSW with a permit that requires you to self-isolate, then you must continue to self-isolate.

Apply online via Service NSW website.

Border entry permits are not required if you

  • need emergency medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
  • provide emergency or law enforcement services 
  • are avoiding injury or harm or are in an emergency such as family or domestic violence.

You may be asked for details of how you fall into a particular category and, where possible, you should have documentary evidence, such as a letter from your doctor or hospital.

Less than 10 minutes.

Your permit will specify how long it lasts for. 

Permits will generally expire after 14 days, except transit permits which generally expire after 3 days. Permits granted on compassionate grounds may vary according to circumstances.

Exemptions on compassionate grounds are assessed according to the urgency of the request. It is not possible to provide a specific timeframe. 

Conditions are written clearly on your permit. You should receive your permit within 10 minutes of submitting your application online. 

Border zone residents

As you are aware, NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria and people need a border entry permit to enter NSW from Victoria.

This is to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents and these arrangements will remain in force until it becomes safe to ease them.

The new border restrictions came into place on 21 July.

Border Zone (Transitional) Permits were created for people who lived inside the new border zone but couldn’t get a new border zone permit because in the two weeks before 21 July they’d travelled outside the 2km border zone.

This was a temporary measure to support border zone residents and these Border Zone (Transitional) Permits all expire 4 August at 11:59pm.

Border zone residents can apply for a new Border Zone Residents Permit, assuming they have not travelled outside the new border zone.

Visit Service NSW to apply for a new permit.

View the border zone maps approved under the amended public health order and check if your address or the place you’re travelling to is in the border zone.

Border zone maps

Border zone postcode check: find out if your residential address is in the border zone which is eligible for a permit as a cross-border resident.

If you are a border zone resident, you are eligible for a permit to enter NSW if you are

  • going to or returning from work if you can’t work from home
  • going to or returning from school or an educational institution if learning from home is not possible
  • obtaining non-emergency medical care, supplies or health services in NSW that are not available in Victoria or cannot be delivered remotely
  • accompanying and providing care to a person who needs to go to NSW for non-emergency medical care, supplies or health services
  • providing care or assistance for a vulnerable person which includes providing or receiving personal care, mental health or domestic violence services or services to victims of crime.

If you do not fall into the above categories, you cannot enter NSW under a border zone resident permit.

If you are a border zone resident and require non-emergency medical care, work in a school or university outside of the border zone, are a critical services provider or otherwise are eligible for another type of permit, you can obtain that permit and comply with the conditions that it imposes.

An exemption is in place for remote communities. View the list of exempt remote communities

NSW border residents are restricted to the specific reasons described in the public health order (work, education, or to obtain medical care or supplies) for travelling into the Victorian side of the border zone without self-isolating.

  • If a NSW border resident goes into any part of Victoria, including the border zone, for a reason that is not work, education or to obtain medical care or supplies, they need to self-isolate when they return. 
  • If they travel beyond the border zone into Victoria, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return. 

Any other NSW resident who enters Victoria or has been there in the last 14 days, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to NSW.

All NSW residents are strongly urged not to travel to Victoria at this time.

You should not cross the border if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, however mild, get tested.

The public health order does not restrict travel for NSW residents. However, NSW Health advises NSW border residents to avoid all non-essential travel.

Continue to practise physical distancing, maintain good hygiene, and stay at home if you experience symptoms.

The public health order does not prevent NSW residents from entering Victoria, however you will need a border entry permit for when you return from Victoria back into NSW and you will be required to self-isolate

If you have any further questions, the COVID-19 hotline is available with advice and support. It operates 24/7 on 13 77 88.

Travel within the border zone is only permitted for work or education (where the person cannot work or learn from home) or to access health/medical care or supplies.

If you travel outside of the border zone in Victoria, you will be required to self-isolate upon entering NSW if you are a NSW resident and if you are a Victorian resident you will not be permitted entry to NSW. 

If you

  • live within the border zone and work within the border zone, then you may be able to get a border zone permit and cross the border for work
  • live either outside the border zone or work outside the border zone, a border resident permit will not allow you to travel from home to work
  • are a critical service provider you may be eligible for a critical services permit to enter NSW (critical services workers are not limited in how far they can travel but will be required to comply with their permit conditions at all times)
  • have symptoms, however mild, get tested and do not cross the border, even if you are a critical service worker. 

Self-isolation and quarantine

Your permit will indicate if you need to self-isolate for 14 days, get tested for COVID-19 or any other conditions. Almost all permits will require you to self-isolate. Check your eligibility

When you arrive at your place of residence or suitable accommodation, you must self-isolate and remain at that place for 14 days from the time you entered NSW. 

During the 14-day self-isolation period, you must not leave the residence or place except:

  • to obtain medical care or medical supplies
  • to comply with a legal obligation (such as a court order)
  • in an emergency
  • to provide a critical service
  • to leave NSW by a direct route.

If you leave the residence or place for any of these reasons, you must take all reasonable steps to minimise contact with other people.

You must comply with the NSW Health Self-Isolation Guidelines.

No other person can enter the residence or place except if the other person:

  • usually lives there or is complying with a direction under the public health order
  • is providing medical care or an emergency service
  • is delivering food or essential items.

You and your family must apply for a NSW border entry permit and provide proof of having completed your quarantine in Victoria.

You must travel to NSW by the most direct, practicable route.

No, provided you travel directly home after your quarantine.

Working across the border

Victorian residents who travel to NSW to perform critical services will need a border entry permit and will have to comply with any conditions on the permit.

All critical service providers except freight workers are required to self-isolate on arrival in NSW, except when providing the critical service or directly leaving NSW.

A person moving freight on a commercial basis must comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at all times.

Seasonal workers are not critical workers, so are not eligible for a critical services permit.

However, if you are a seasonal worker who lives in Victoria and inside the border zone, you can apply for a border zone resident permit to undertake farm work in the border zone on the NSW side of the border.

Seasonal workers who access this permit must not travel outside the border zone in Victoria within 14 days of crossing into NSW.

A border zone resident permit does not allow you to go into any part of NSW that is outside the border zone.

No, if you have a border zone resident permit you do not have to self-isolate when not at work. However, a border zone permit only allows a border zone resident to come into the NSW side of the border zone for very specific reasons.

If you are a seasonal worker with a border zone permit who is going to work, you should only go straight to the place where you work in NSW, then return to Victoria after you finish work.

If you leave the border zone in Victoria, you will not be permitted to return to NSW for 14 days.

A border zone resident permit does not allow you to go into any part of NSW that is outside the border zone, so you must stay within the border zone if you want to continue to work.

Yes, the agriculture industry is a critical service however seasonal workers are not. You will need a border entry permit to enter NSW and you will have to comply with any conditions on the permit.

Agricultural service providers are required to self-isolate for 14 days except when providing critical service.  

Yes, freight will continue to move freely across the border, including the transportation of livestock.

Drivers of freight vehicles will need a border entry permit and they must comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan.

No, the racing industry is not listed in the critical services in the order. 

Breeders are considered agriculture, which is a critical service. You will need to comply with the conditions on your permit, including having a relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Check the ACT Government’s isolation and border conditions to ensure you are adhering to its COVID Safe guidelines. 

  • Individuals are responsible for their own permits.
  • Permits will be granted for critical service workers.
  • If you are crossing the border from outside the border zone, you will need to self-isolate at all times when you are not performing your critical service work (unless your critical service is freight in which case you must comply with your COVID-19 Safety Plan).

Even if you are a critical service worker, you should not cross the border if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, however mild, get tested.
 

If you

  • are living in NSW and have not been to Victoria since Wednesday 8 July, you do not need a permit to stay in NSW
  • have been in Victoria in the last 14 days you will need a permit to enter NSW
  • live in the border zone and wish to come into the NSW part of the border zone for work, education or medical supplies or medical care you may be able to get a border resident permit
  • live outside the border zone you will only be allowed to cross the border and enter NSW if you have a relevant class of permit.

Be sure to always carry documents that prove your temporary residence in NSW.

No. You must self-isolate for 14 days every time you return to NSW from Victoria. If you are a critical service worker who needs to cross the border, you must self-isolate whenever not at work.

Even if you are a critical service worker, no one should cross the border if they have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, however mild, it is important that you get tested.

Cross-border travel

Moving house is not a permitted reason to enter NSW.

The NSW-operated XPT service from Sydney to Melbourne will not operate for the duration of the border control period. V/Line services originating in Melbourne will turn around at the border. 

No.

You must apply for a NSW border entry permit, which is usually in effect for 3 days if you

  • transit through an airport in Victoria, provided you do not leave the airport
  • travel by a direct route through Victoria after disembarking the Spirit of Tasmania
  • travel by a direct route through Victoria from South Australia by road or rail. 

The permit requires you to travel to NSW by the most direct practicable route.

Yes. You will need a border entry permit which will allow you to stop if you need to

  • take a break for a meal or rest, which includes an overnight stay or
  • stop and deal with an emergency.

You are only eligible for a permit if you are lawfully allowed to enter Queensland. If you are refused entry at the Queensland border you may not be allowed to stay in NSW.

The only reason you may leave a station or airport is for

  • direct travel to suitable accommodation
  • dealing with an emergency.

You may not leave the station or airport during your transit if an overnight stay is not part of your journey.

No. There is not a relevant class of permit that would allow entry to NSW for this reason.

Children and education

You are eligible to apply for a NSW border entry permit if you are carrying out child access and care arrangements.

When you apply for your permit you will be advised whether you need to either

  • self-isolate or
  • comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan which Service NSW will provide to you.

Yes. Under the amended public health order, a Victorian resident who is a student, parent of a student, or school staff member can travel to NSW for the purpose of education.

However, anyone entering NSW from Victoria must self-isolate for 14 days and must produce a negative swab result between day 10 and day 14 of self-isolation. If they return to Victoria for any reason, including weekend visits, they must start a fresh, 14-day isolation period .

Yes. However, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after entering NSW if they return.

With the exception of students and staff who live in the border zone and day school visitors, any students and staff that have been in Victoria in the 14 days prior to school starting should be excluded and not attend school until 14 days have passed since they were last in Victoria.

Any student who attends a boarding school or university college in NSW and has been in Victoria in the last 14 days will be required to self-isolate. They will also be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on or after day 10 of isolation and obtain a negative COVID-19 swab result.

If students or staff re-enter Victoria for any reason, including for weekend visits, they must commence the 14-day self-isolation period again on re-entry to NSW.

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Health services

You will require a permit to enter NSW for medical reasons. 

You can only enter NSW from Victoria for medical or hospital services that are not available to you in Victoria or remotely. You must travel directly to where the service is being provided.

If you have been in a Victorian hot spot (currently Greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire), you will not be allowed to enter NSW.

If you have a medical emergency, seek treatment immediately at your closest emergency department.

Access to emergency medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care will be allowed without a permit if you enter NSW and travel by the most direct practicable route to where the services are provided, and then from that place back home to your place of residence.

You can apply for a NSW border entry permit on compassionate grounds.

Holidays and recreation

If you are travelling from Victoria to Queensland by road, rail or air, you will need a NSW border entry permit and a QLD border declaration pass.

When travelling, you must transit through NSW by the most practicable direct route. You are required to be legally allowed to enter the place that you are travelling to in order to be allowed to transit through NSW.

Follow the prompts when you apply for a NSW border entry permit. If you are eligible for a permit, the system will guide you to the correct one.

Yes, providing you do not get out of your car and you take the most practicable direct route. You will still however need a permit to enter NSW. 

If you have not been in Victoria in the last 14 days then there is no reason for you to leave NSW or take any specific action.

If you have been in Victoria and are transiting through NSW to another state or territory, you must be allowed to enter that state or territory.

If you are not able to enter that other state or territory you should leave NSW by the most practicable direct route.

If you are hiking in Victoria and are not a NSW resident or otherwise have a permitted reason to enter NSW, then you must not enter NSW. 

If you are a NSW resident, then you must self-isolate upon entering NSW. 

If this is not possible, you'll have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in NSW from Victoria. 

Penalties

Anyone in the community can report public health order breaches via Crime Stoppers.

Breach of a public health order is a serious criminal offence with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 6 months or a fine of up to $11,000 (or both).

They could also incur a further $5,500 fine each day the offence continues.

Corporations that fail to comply with a direction are liable to a fine of $55,000 and a $27,500 fine each day the offence continues.

Anyone who breaches the public health order may be fined and/or imprisoned.

The on the spot fines that can be issued are:

  • $4,000 for failing to provide or falsifying information to an enforcement officer
  • $1,000 for individuals or $5000 for corporations in other cases.

Last updated: 4 August 2020

NSW-Victoria border restrictions

NSW-Victoria border restrictions

NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria. Only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW if they have been in Victoria in the last 14 days.

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Transitional border entry permits expire after 14 days. Check your permit expiry date.

If you applied for a Transitional border entry permit on 21 July, your permit expires on Tuesday 4 August at 11:59pm and you need to apply for a new permit.  

You will find the expiry date at the top of the permit.

Border Zone (Transitional) Permits were created as a temporary measure for people who live inside the border zone but could not get a new border zone permit because they travelled outside the border zone in the two weeks before 21 July.

If you live in the border zone you can apply for a new Border Zone Residents Permit if you have not left the border zone in the previous 14 days.

If you have another category of border entry permit, check the expiry date and apply for a new permit before your current permit expires. 

Apply for a NSW border entry permit

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Who can enter NSW

Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order 2020, anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must not enter NSW unless:

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Border entry rules

Permit not required.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must

  • for a person moving freight on a commercial basis, comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at all times
  • otherwise self-isolate except when providing the critical service.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The member must self-isolate except when undertaking official duties or leaving NSW by the most practicable direct route.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The consular official must self-isolate except when undertaking official duties or leaving NSW by the most practicable direct route.

Permit not required.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

A border zone resident who is a Victorian resident

  • is authorised to enter and remain in NSW only for work, education or medical or health care and
  • must not travel to any part of NSW that is outside of the border zone and
  • must not enter NSW if they have travelled in Victoria outside the border zone within the previous 14 days.

A border zone resident is eligible for a permit to enter NSW to provide assistance to or receive care as a vulnerable person, including for

  • personal care
  • mental health or domestic violence services
  • services to victims of crime.

A border zone resident who is a NSW resident must self-isolate if they

  • travel within Victoria outside the border zone before re-entering NSW using the permit, or
  • entered Victoria other than for work, education or medical or health care.

To establish your eligibility as a border zone resident, use the border zone address check or refer to the border zone maps approved under the public health orders. You can check if your address and the place you’re travelling to are in the border zone.

An exemption is in place for remote communities. View the list of exempt remote communities

An exemption has been granted which allows border residents in remote communities to travel across the NSW-Victorian border to get essential goods and services, including food, fuel or hygiene products or disability support services, necessary for the person to live safely and maintain their health.

View the list of exempt remote communities.   

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The relevant education visitor must

  • self-isolate, and
  • obtain a negative COVID-19 swab result between the 10th and 14th day of self-isolation, and
  • start an additional period of self-isolation if, for any reason (including weekend visits), the visitor returns to Victoria.

A relevant education visitor means a resident of Victoria who is

  • a student at a boarding school or university entering NSW for the purposes of receiving instruction or
  • a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age or
  • a staff member at a boarding school or university entering NSW for the purpose of working at the school. 

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The day school visitor must travel by the most practicable direct route between their place of residence and the school. 

The day school visitor must comply with any directions about attendance at school issued by the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education.

If the day school visitor is ordinarily resident in Victoria, the visitor must not enter NSW if the visitor has, within the previous 14 days, been in an area that is a restricted area in accordance with an Area Direction made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 of Victoria.

If the day school visitor is ordinarily resident in NSW, the visitor must self-isolate if the visitor returns to NSW and has, within the previous 14 days, been in an area that is a restricted area in accordance with an Area Direction made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 of Victoria.

A day school visitor means

  1. a resident of Victoria who is
  • a student at a day school entering NSW for their education or
  • a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age or
  • a staff member of a day school entering NSW to attend work or
  • another person (such as a cleaner or bus driver) entering NSW to work or provide services at a NSW day school or provide services to the school.
  1. a NSW resident who is
  • a student at a day school in Victoria returning to NSW after attending school or
  • a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age or
  • a staff member of a day school in Victoria who is returning to NSW after entering Victoria for work or
  • another person (such as a cleaner or bus driver) returning to NSW after entering Victoria to work or provide services at a day school in Victoria or provide services to the school.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must comply with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at all time or self-isolate.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must travel by the most practicable direct route to the place where the service is provided. 

The person must not enter NSW if the person has, within the previous 14 days, been an area that is a restricted area in accordance with an Area Direction made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 of Victoria.

The person is authorised to enter NSW only if the service is not available locally in Victoria or cannot be accessed remotely.

Permit not required.

The person must travel by the most practicable direct route

  • to the place where the service is provided and
  • from the place where the service is provided to their place of residence.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must

  • enter NSW only if the person has lawful authority to enter the place outside NSW to which the person is travelling, and
  • transit through NSW by the most practicable direct route.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must

  • if the person enters NSW by air, travel from the vessel by the most practicable direct route to an airport in Victoria without leaving the airport except to board a flight to NSW, or
  • if the person enters NSW by road or rail-travel by the most practicable direct route from the vessel to NSW.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must travel by the most practicable route to NSW.

Permit required: apply for a NSW border entry permit

The person must self-isolate except to attend court or meet other legal obligations.

Critical services

Under the public health order, critical services include

  • movement of freight on a commercial basis
  • movement of persons on a commercial basis
  • medical, hospital, dental or veterinary care
  • Commonwealth defence and security services
  • mining, agriculture, construction, energy or manufacturing
  • environmental cleaning and disinfection in a workplace or other non-residential premises to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on a commercial basis that is not available locally.

Permits

In most cases, if you are authorised, you (and anyone travelling with you) will need a current NSW border entry permit.

If parents, students or staff have questions they should contact their Principal. For general information regarding COVID-19 and schools, visit the NSW Department of Education.

Mandatory self-isolation

If a person is required to self-isolate under the public health order, they must: 

  • go directly to their place of residence or another suitable place to stay, or
  • travel directly out of NSW by air, road or rail.

Remain in self-isolation for 14 days

Once a person arrives at their place of residence or suitable accommodation, the person must remain at that place for 14 days since they entered NSW.

During the 14 day period, the affected person must follow the requirements of the NSW Health self-isolation guidelines and not leave the residence or place except 

  • to obtain medical care or medical supplies
  • to comply with a legal obligation
  • in an emergency
  • to provide a critical service
  • to leave NSW by a direct route.

If the person in self-isolation leaves the residence or place for any of these reasons, they must take all reasonable steps to minimise contact with other people.

No other person can enter the residence or place except if the other person

  • usually lives there or is complying with a direction under the public health order
  • is providing medical care or an emergency service
  • is delivering food or essential items.

Travel to other Australian states and territories

Each state or territory has its own entry requirements and travel restrictions. You must comply with any border rules of the state or territory you are entering or leaving.

Find out the rules that apply for travel to and from other states and territories.

Enforcement and penalties

Police officers at the border will have the power to refuse entry if you are not a resident of NSW and you present an unacceptable risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Police and public health officers will also be able to direct you to leave NSW if you are not a NSW resident and you are not authorised to enter NSW under the public health order.

A person found breaching the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020 faces an $11,000 fine and six months in prison.

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Virus hotspot protections introduced as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Virus hotspot protections introduced as COVID-19 restrictions ease

1 July 2020

New rules to come into effect for interstate visitors from COVID-19 hotspots, entertainment venues, weddings, and community sports.

Aerial view of cross road

Rules for COVID-19 hotspots

New NSW public health orders will see people in interstate virus hotspots face penalties from Thursday 2 July 2020 if they enter NSW.

Anyone who has been in a hotspot area in the past 14 days, including NSW residents, will be subject to a stay at home direction for two weeks.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, “Victorians living in virus hotspots have to take the Victorian and NSW health orders seriously and should be very aware that NSW will impose penalties if they seek to leave hotspot suburbs to enter NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.

Individuals who fail to comply with the new rules could face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $11,000, or both.

Restrictions eased from 1 July

From Wednesday 1 July 2020, the following COVID-19 restrictions will ease.

  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues, including function centres, will be determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule, with no upper limit.
  • Community sport can recommence for adults and children.
  • Cultural and sporting events at large stadiums, racecourses and motor racing tracks will be allowed up to 25% of their normal seated capacity, to a maximum of 10,000. These events must be ticketed, seated and follow strict guidelines
  • Alcohol can still be served to seated patrons only, including at conference and function venues.
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen subject to the one person per 4 square metre rule.

Restrictions on gatherings remain at

  • 20 guests inside a home
  • 20 people gathering in a public place.

Under the new rules, businesses must have a COVID Safety Plan consistent with NSW Health guidelines.

Learn more about what you can and can't do under the rules

Living in NSW

Code of practice to improve greyhound welfare and care

Code of practice to improve greyhound welfare and care

30 June 2020

From 1 January 2021, a new code of practice will be in place to improve the care and welfare of every single racing greyhound in NSW.

 

A greyhound sitting on a blanket

The NSW Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice will set out expectations for animal welfare in the greyhound industry.

This includes standards for:

  • the keeping, treatment, handling and care of greyhounds
  • the facilities, equipment and conditions at premises where greyhounds are kept, trialled, trained and raced
  • the procedures and practices to be adopted for keeping, trialling, training and racing greyhounds.

The code has been developed by the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission. It includes feedback from Greyhound Racing NSW, the Greyhound Breeders Owners & Trainers’ Association, the NSW Greyhound Industry Animal Welfare Committee, the RSCPA, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and a period of public consultation.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson said this is a significant turning point for NSW’s greyhound racing industry.

“As a result of the code, NSW will now be leading Australia, if not the world, in providing standards for the protection of greyhounds that reflect public expectations,” Mr Anderson said.

Public and industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to have their say on how the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 is working during a public consultation between 8 July to 26 August 2020.

Find out more about the Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice

Sport & Recreation

Largest land purchase for NSW national park

Largest land purchase for NSW national park

30 June 2020

Situated in far north-west NSW, Narriearra Station is the largest purchase of private land for a national park in the state’s history.

 

Aerial view of Narriearra Station NSW

The purchase of the 153,415-hectare Narriearra Station for a new national park will help protect threatened species, important habitats and wetlands.

Narriearra Station stretches across the outback Channel Country and includes part of the Bulloo River floodplain, ephemeral wetlands and landscapes currently not found anywhere in NSW national parks.

More than 25 threatened species live in Narriearra Station, including nearly 90% of NSW’s critical habitat and breeding areas for the nationally endangered Grey Grasswren.

The purchase of the land also secures a key section of a nationally important wetland – the Caryapundy Swamp. The wetland can host tens of thousands of waterbirds, including pelicans, straw-necked ibis, egrets and whiskered terns during inland flood events.

Environment Minister Matt Kean has invited the Tibooburra Local Aboriginal Land Council to suggest a name for the new national park.

“Narriearra along with the nearby Sturt National Park, will create a vast near-contiguous conservation area of almost half a million hectares, or twice the size of the ACT,” Mr Kean said.

“Adjoining the Pindera Downs Aboriginal Area, Narriearra contains many significant and valuable stone artefacts, tools and stone arrangements.”

Find out more about the national parks in NSW.

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