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Information for cross-border communities

Advice about communities that share a border with Victoria (cross-border community areas).

Border community update

All of New South Wales is an extreme risk zone, in effect retrospectively from 9:00pm Friday 9 July 2021. This excludes Norfolk Island, which is a red zone. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is currently a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system, effective 11:59pm Sunday 11 July. 

All of South Australia is a red zone as of 11.59pm Wednesday 21 July.  

The cross border community comprises of specific local government areas (LGAs), also known as the ‘border bubble’. For information about border bubble areas, see below: Local Government Areas in the cross-border community.

From 11:59pm Tuesday 27 July, the NSW LGAs of Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee are removed from the NSW-Victoria cross border area.  

Advice for cross-border community area residents

To cross the border without a permit, cross-border community area residents need to carry proof of address (such as a driver’s licence). 

Conditions on entry into Victoria apply if:

  • You are a cross-border community resident and you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous 14 days, you can enter Victoria without a permit only if you’ve had a negative COVID-19 test result since you last left the orange zone. Otherwise, you will have to enter Victoria with an orange zone permit, isolate and get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.
  • You have been in a red zone outside of the cross-border community after the zone commencement time in the past 14 days you will require red zone permit, exemption, transit permit or specified worker permit, or be an excepted person to enter Victoria. Exemptions will be granted under exceptional circumstances.
  • You have been in an extreme risk zone outside of the cross-border community after the zone commencement time in the past 14 days you will require an exemption, transit permit or specified worker permit, or be an excepted person to enter Victoria. Exemptions will be granted under exceptional circumstances.
  • You are a cross-border community resident who has been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area, you must not enter Victoria unless you have a red zone permit, transit permit, specified worker permit, exemption or an excepted person.
  • Once you have arrived in Victoria you must follow the requirements set out in your permit or exemption as well as any restrictions currently in force.

Advice for people who do not live in the cross-border community

For information about Victoria’s travel permit system for travellers coming to Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand, including exceptions and exemptions, visit our Travel Permit System page.

Local Government Areas in the cross-border community

Local Government Areas in the cross-border community

Victoria

  • Alpine Shire Council*
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • City of Wodonga
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • Rural City of Horsham
  • Rural City of Mildura
  • Rural City of Swan Hill
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Shire of Buloke
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Shire of East Gippsland
  • Shire of Gannawarra
  • Shire of Glenelg
  • Shire of Hindmarsh
  • Shire of Indigo
  • Shire of Loddon
  • Shire of Moira
  • Shire of Southern Grampians
  • Shire of Towong
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • Shire of Yarriambiack

* Includes residents of two unincorporated areas - Mount Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek Alpine Resort.

South Australia

  • Berri Barmera Council
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • District Council of Grant
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • District Council of Robe
  • Kingston District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Wattle Range Council

New South Wales

  • Balranald Shire
  • Bega Valley Shire
  • Berrigan Shire
  • City of Albury
  • City of Broken Hill
  • Edward River Council
  • Federation Council
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Murray River Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • Wentworth Shire

Note: The Silver City Highway between the Broken Hill and Wentworth Local Government Areas is part of the NSW-Victoria border bubble.

At 11:59pm Tuesday 27 July, the NSW local government areas of City of Wagga Wagga, Hay Shire, Lockhart Shire and Murrumbidgee Council are removed from the cross-border area. 

FAQs

I live on the New South Wales or South Australia side of the cross-border community and want to travel to the Victorian-side of the cross-border community – do I need a permit to enter Victoria? 

If you live in a NSW or South Australian local government area within the cross-border area, you do not need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria, provided: 

  • you are not a diagnosed person or a close contact of a diagnosed person 
  • you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area at any time after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous 14 days 
  • you have been tested for COVID-19 since leaving an orange zone outside of the cross-border community area and received a negative test result. 

To travel into Victoria without a permit, people who live in the cross-border community need to carry proof of address (such as a driver’s licence).  

I live in New South Wales local government area that is remaining in the cross-border area, but I have been in the LGAs of Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart or Murrumbidgee before 11:59pm on 27 July. Do I need a permit to enter Victoria? 

Not if you visited these areas before 11:59pm on 27 July. 

If you visited these areas after 11:59pm on 27 July, you have been in an extreme risk zone. If you have been in an extreme risk zone, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, transit permit, specified worker permit, or are an excepted person.  

I live on the Victorian-side of the cross-border community and want to travel to the New South Wales or South Australia side of the cross-border community – will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria?  

No – but you need to stay within the cross-border area.

If you enter an extreme risk zone, red zone or orange zone of the cross-border area, you will be subject to the conditions of those zones – which may prevent your return to Victoria.

You will need to apply for a permit, or have an exemption or exception to re-enter Victoria if you travel to a red zone or extreme risk zone outside of the cross border community. Exemptions will only be granted under exceptional circumstances

If you live on the Victorian side of the cross-border community, and you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border community, you can re-enter Victoria without a permit if you have been tested for COVID-19 since you last left the orange zone and have received a negative COVID-19 test result.

Otherwise, you will have to enter Victoria with an orange zone permit, isolate and get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result. 

I live on the New South Wales or South Australia side of the border community and want to travel to a location in Victoria beyond the cross-border community (such as Melbourne) – do I need a permit? 

If you are eligible to enter Victoria as a cross-border community member without a permit, you can travel anywhere in Victoria as long as you have not travelled in a red zone or extreme risk zone outside of the cross-border area within the past 14 days.

I live on the New South Wales or South Australia side of the border community and want to travel to Victoria, do I need to follow Victorian restrictions? 

Yes, once you are in Victoria, you must comply with all state laws, including the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions.   

I live on the Victorian side of the cross-border community and want to travel to a red zone or extreme risk zone outside the cross-border community – will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria? 

If you enter an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area, you will be subject to the conditions of those zones – which may prevent your return to Victoria.  

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption,  transit permit, specified worker permit or you are an excepted person.  

If you live on the Victorian side of the cross-border community, and you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border community, you can re-enter Victoria without an orange zone permit provided you have been tested for COVID-19 since you last left the orange zone and have received notification of a negative COVID-19 test result.  If not, then you may re-enter Victoria with an orange zone permit, though you must be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours upon arriving in Victoria and self-isolate until you have received notification of a negative COVID-19 test result.  

I’m Victorian but I don’t live in the cross-border community and I’m currently on the New South Wales or South Australia side of the border. Will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria? 

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you can apply for a single-use red zone permit, and must follow the red zone permit requirements upon entry into Victoria.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in an extreme risk zone after the commencement time in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, specified worker permit or you are an excepted person. 

For all other green and orange zone areas outside Victoria, you’ll need to apply for the corresponding zone permit (depending on where you have been) and follow the health advice associated with that permit. 

I’m a worker residing in New South Wales or South Australia and I don’t live in the cross-border community. I need to cross the border for work so will I need a permit to enter Victoria? 

Workers must only cross the border for work if the worker is listed on the specified worker list or if another exception applies. You will need a Specified Worker Permit to cross the border for work. Different permits are available to specified workers, including freight workers. 

For more information, visit our travellers and specified worker permit page. 

I don’t have photographic ID or proof of my residential address. What can I do? 

If you don’t have photo ID, you can use two other forms of documentary evidence to prove your identity, such as a Medicare card, Centrelink correspondence, credit card or bill. 

If you are unable to provide proof of your address, you will need other documentary evidence to satisfy an Authorised Officer, a Victoria Police member or a Protective Services Officer of your ordinary place of residence. This could be a letter from an Indigenous community leader or community services provider, confirming your identity and address or other place of residence arrangements. 

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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