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Restrictions along Victoria’s borders with New South Wales and South Australia

Restrictions on the movement of Victorians across our borders with neighbouring states South Australia (SA) and New South Wales (NSW) are now in place.

The Victorian Government is working with other state governments to manage specific impacts on border communities as well as industries that need to cross the border.

For more information about the NSW border restrictions and cross border management in that state, including entry permits, visit the NSW Government website or call their dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) information line on 13 77 88.

For more information about the South Australian border restrictions, visit the South Australian Government COVID-19 website, or call their dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) information line on 1800 253 787.

No permit or approval is required to enter Victoria from another state – however you will need to adhere to the restrictions and directions that are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

Common questions about border restrictions for Victorians

What travel restrictions are in place along Victoria’s borders with other states?

There are restrictions on the movement of Victorians across our borders with South Australia (SA) and New South Wales (NSW).

The Victorian Government is working with other state governments to manage specific impacts on border communities as well as industries that need to cross the border.

For more information about the NSW border restrictions and cross border management in that state, including entry permits, visit the NSW Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website or call their dedicated information line on 13 77 88.

For more information about the South Australian border restrictions, visit the South Australian Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website, or call their dedicated information line on 1800 253 787.

No permit or approval is required to enter Victoria from another state – however you will need to adhere to the restrictions and directions that are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

How are restrictions on travel from Victoria into New South Wales being enforced?

The restrictions are being enforced by New South Wales Police and the permit process is being managed by Service NSW.

For more information about the NSW border restrictions and cross border management in that state, including entry permits, visit the NSW Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website or call their dedicated information line on 13 77 88.

For more information about the South Australian border restrictions, visit the South Australian Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website, or call their dedicated information line on 1800 253 787.

How are restrictions on travel from Victoria into South Australiabeing enforced?

Enforcement of the South Australian (SA) border is a matter for SA police.

For more information about the South Australian border restrictions, visit the South Australian Government's coronavirus (COVID-19) website, or call their dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) information line on 1800 253 787.

Do you need a permit to enter Victoria?

No permit or approval is required to enter Victoria from another state – however you will need to adhere to the restrictions and directions that are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

For the most up to date information and current restrictions in Victoria visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

What support is in place for businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including within Victoria’s border communities?

The Victorian Government is providing unprecedented economic support to help Victorian businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new $534 million Business Support Package includes a $40 million Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program. This program provides direct financial support to accommodation businesses in regional Victoria impacted by cancellations due to Stay at Home restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and state border closures.

Applications for this program are open from 13 July 2020 until the end of the current Stay at Home restrictions or when funds are exhausted.

Accommodation business are strongly encouraged to download and read the Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program Guidelines available from Business Victoria.

The $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan is also supporting regional businesses across Victoria during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Plan helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) find new work with employers in the agriculture sector in need of additional workforce support. Under the Plan, eligible businesses can also apply for grants to help meet the costs of adapting workplaces to comply with requirements as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Business Victoria is also providing coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and has a business support and financial assistance finder tool to help businesses find a range of Australian and Victorian Government support based on their circumstances.

For advice and support for Victorian businesses, please call Business Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 13 22 15.

The Australian Government also provides information about Australian Government support for businesses and workers.


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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.

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