Victoria is establishing a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.
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 risk.
The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.
This information is for Victorians who have recently returned from New South Wales and Queensland and are required to self-quarantine.
On your return home, you should only stop when absolutely necessary. Minimise the amount of time spent on your stop and contact with others. Wear a mask and maintain good hand hygiene.
These steps are important to helping stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state – protecting our families, friends and communities.
What does self-quarantine mean?
- Self-quarantine means you must stay in your home at all times.
- You cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, or you need medical help.
- You cannot have visitors to your home.
Why am I being asked to self-quarantine at home?
You are being asked to self-quarantine at home because you may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling in New South Wales or Queensland.
If you have returned from New South Wales or Queensland you must get a within 24 hours of returning to Victoria. After your test, you must go home immediately and self-quarantine. You cannot go anywhere else after your test.
If you need food or supplies, you can ask friends and family who are not required to quarantine to drop it off for you outside your home. They must not enter your home. Emergency support is also available for those who need it.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) test is free and available to everyone. You do not need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You do not need a Medicare card.
What if I’m in self-quarantine at home and I live with other people?
If you live with other people who are not also required to quarantine:
- You should stay and sleep in a different room to other people as much as possible.
- You should use a separate bathroom if available.
- Do not have people to visit you inside your home or accommodation.
- Ensure you stay at least 1.5 metres from others in the home.
- Do not share food and drink. Do not share household items like forks, knives, plates or glasses.
Why is it important to self-quarantine at home?
There are an increasing number of new cases and exposure sites in New South Wales. As a result of this, people who have travelled to New South Wales may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).
What if I develop symptoms?
If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. In either circumstance, you should disclose that you have been in New South Wales and that you are in quarantine.
Support is available to help you stay home and stay safe.
Reviewed 18 January 2021