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Victoria’s Cross Border Commissioner

Victoria’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Victoria has no state border restrictions in place and thus no permit or approval is required to enter Victoria from another state. Further, no obligation to self-isolate results from entering Victoria from another state.

For the most up to date information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and current measures in Victoria visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at coronavirus.vic.gov.au or people in Victoria can call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398.

Victorian businesses can also call Business Victoria’s dedicated hotline 13 22 15 from within Victoria, or 1800 136 034 outside Victoria, or visit business.vic.gov.au which is regularly updated with the latest information.

In South Australia, restrictions are now in place for their borders. For more information about these restrictions go to covid-19.sa.gov.au, or call their dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) information line on 1800 253 787.

New South Wales (NSW) has not imposed state border restrictions. For more information about cross border management in NSW go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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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.

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.

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