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Victoria’s Cross Border Commissioner

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Update: Victorian Travel Permit System

Victoria is establishing a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their coronavirus (COVID-19) risk.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.

Current permits – including transit and worker permits – will remain valid, so long as they are consistent with public health’s advice on zones.

New South Wales/Victorian border communities will continue to have exceptions and will be able to use local residence identification to cross the border.

To apply for a permit, visit the Service Victoria website.

For information read the Premier’s media release or visit

Update: restrictions apply in Victoria

From 5pm on 31 December the following restrictions will be in place in Victoria:

  • The limit of people gathering in the home will be reduced to 15 from 30.
  • Masks will be mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask and it needs to be worn anytime you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking.

We all need to be COVID Safe – wear a mask indoors, practice good hand hygiene and if you are sick – stay at home. Visit

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Many people living in Victoria’s border communities have business and social networks that extend into New South Wales and South Australia.

But service delivery and regulatory differences between states can discourage people from taking up work and study opportunities across the border and add to the cost of doing business in border areas.

The Cross Border Commissioner’s role is to work with border residents, businesses and community organisations to identify and advocate for change along Victoria’s borders. This involves working with Victoria’s departments and agencies, as well as interstate counterparts including the NSW Cross Border Commissioner, and a Memorandum of Understanding with NSW is now in place.

Making it easier to do business across our borders has economic benefit, while addressing practice and regulatory barriers to people accessing education, justice, health and other services improves health and social outcomes in border communities – making our border areas better places to live.

Luke Wilson is Victoria’s Cross Border Commissioner.

Contact the Commissioner

For enquiries regarding current border restrictions with NSW please call the dedicated coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or visit

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