Hope for Victorians stuck at NSW border

By Kaitlyn Offer
About 200 Victorians can apply for a new permit exemption category to get home from NSW. (AAP)

Victorians trapped in NSW could soon return and home quarantine - but only if they have spent the past two weeks in a border area.

About 200 Victorians can apply for the new permit exemption category 'Victorians in the cross-border community' to come home.

They must have been residing in a NSW Local Government Border Area for at least the 14 days from August 25 to be eligible.

The trial of home quarantine is part of the national cabinet plan.

"The first and I think the safest and the best group to do that with are those that have been up on the border for some time," Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday.

Applications for exemptions will be open for seven days from midday on September 10, closing at 6pm on September 17.

Applicants will need to provide proof of their primary residence in Victoria, a negative COVID-19 test result 48 hours before their arrival in Victoria and that they have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

They will also be required to provide evidence such as receipts and QR check in records that they have stayed within the border region and maintained minimal social contact while in NSW.

Those who are successful will have to drive directly to their home, stopping only for a further test along the way and then isolate at their home for 14 days.

Any other household members are also required to quarantine.

Compliance officers will check on those isolating.

Victorians currently in other parts of NSW or the ACT are not eligible to apply.

The government says further programs are being worked on to potentially get those people home.


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