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Original Post Date : Thursday 26th March 2020

QUEENSLAND BORDER CLOSURE: HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ENTRY PASS

o slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government is implementing restricted entry to Queensland from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020.

These restrictions provide for the continuation of essential goods and services for Queenslanders including those who work in the following industries/jobs:

  • National/state security
  • Essential health services
  • Emergency services
  • Transport of goods or freight including food
  • Critical maintenance/repair to critical infrastructure in Queensland
  • Construction, mining/energy/agribusinesses (and see below for specific requirements for FIFO workers in these sectors)
  • Federal, state or local government workers who are required to enter to Queensland to perform official duties.

For members impacted by this border closer they must apply for an entry pass.

EXEMPTION FOR BORDER COMMUNITIES

To reflect the unique nature of our border, we have introduced another exemption that allows people who live near the border of Queensland, NSW, SA or the NT who ordinarily work in Queensland to continue to travel for that work or study. This is not restricted to working relating to essential services. This also applies for Queensland residents who travel to NSW, SA or the NT for work or education.

The exemption only applies if the person does not propose to stay in Queensland for longer than reasonably necessary to attend work.

The exemption also applies when people living in these border communities travel interstate to obtain essential goods and services, including to attend school or child care or obtain medical or other essential services.

If these exemptions apply to you, you can apply for an entry pass here.

EXEMPTION FOR FIFO WORKERS 

FIFO workers in construction, commercial fishing, forestry, mining, petroleum, energy or agribusiness industries are still allowed to enter Queensland to work without having to undertake self-quarantine.

However, they will be required to provide evidence that they are FIFO workers, who they are working for, and that they are entering Queensland to go directly to work.

The companies they work for in Queensland will also have to provide a health plan that complies with requirements set by the Chief Health Officer that ensures adequate hygiene and safety requirements to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Access the template Health Plan (DOCX).

For Queensland residents who perform FIFO work for a company interstate, that company does not have to comply with a health plan set by Chief Health Officer. However if the FIFO work is in a hotspot declared by Chief Health Officer, the person must self-quarantine on return to Queensland.

Those who have essential reasons to be travelling between the two states, will eventually be issued with permits that will make crossings easier.

While those who may be returning to the state, or any other interstate travellers will now be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms of the coronavirus or not.

Anyone found to be ignoring these directives could face fines of more than $13,000. Police have planned to remain at the border for the coming months to enforce penalties.

For more information on border closures and what you need to be aware of click here.