How the NSW-Victorian Border Closure Works

July 5, 2020 Updated: July 5, 2020


* The border will close from 11.59pm Tuesday night to all Victorians

* Police and health officials are already on the border stopping anyone arriving from Melbourne

* No timeframe for how long the closure will last

* 55 border crossings will be affected – including 33 bridges and two waterway crossings

* First 72 hours will be difficult but not impossible to make the crossing

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian agreed the measure on July 6.

* Border will be enforced from the NSW side by police, Australian Defence Force personnel and emergency services

* Drones and aerial surveillance will be used to stop people swimming across rivers or trekking through bushland

* Permit system will be used for people with unavoidable travel to NSW

* Permits can be applied for online via Services NSW, but it may take three days to get the system in place

* People living in border towns will be able to travel for work and essential health services

* Specific arrangements will be set up for healthcare in Albury-Wodonga – Victoria runs the Albury Hospital even though it is located in NSW

* Permits and exemptions will be available for hardship cases

* There will still be some flights and passenger trains for hardship cases and returning NSW residents

* NSW residents should not go to Victoria in the next 24-48 hours before the border closure

* People with any symptoms should get tested.