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Pollyana Mar 27th 2020 9:54 am

Visa & Aus travel Information related to COVID-19 situation
 
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-...el-coronavirus

From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are restricted from travelling overseas from
25 March 2020 at 12:00hrs AEDST.This travel restriction does not apply to:
  • people ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia
  • ​​​airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers
  • New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa are not permanent residents for the purposes of the Biosecurity Determination and are permitted to depart Australia. New Zealand citizens who are permanent visa holders may apply for a Commissioner’s discretion
  • ​people engaged in the day to day conduct of outbound and inbound freight
  • people whose travel is associated with essential work at offshore facilities and
  • people travelling on official government business, including members of the Australian Defence Force.
Travellers who believe they meet a travel restriction exemption can apply online to the Commissioner of the ABF.​​


Pollyana Mar 27th 2020 9:55 am

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The new rules kick in at 11:59pm on Saturday, March 28.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-...otels/12097312

Tough new quarantine rules will force all international travellers arriving in Australia into a two-week isolation period in a hotel.

It means Australians returning home will not be allowed to complete the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period at home, but will instead be taken straight to a state-run quarantine centre.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more than two-thirds of Australia's known coronavirus cases could be attributed to people returning from overseas.

"For those who are seeking to make their way back, know these arrangements will be in place and they are mandatory," he said.


Pollyana Mar 27th 2020 9:57 am

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Parent Visas

Finalisation of many Parent Visa applications will be put on hold for a period of approximately two months. The situation will be reviewed in late May 2020, and further extension/s will be provided if necessary.

Source - auto-reply to an enquiry made of the Dept today,

Pollyana Mar 27th 2020 10:07 am

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BSMQ PROCESSING UPDATE 25 MARCH 2020

  • BSMQ has now temporarily closed OFFSHORE processing for subclass 491 due to COVID-19 crisis and the closure of Queensland’s borders on Wednesday 25 March 2020.
  • BSMQ will inform applicants via the BSMQ website and social media pages when OFFSHORE processing recommences.
  • BSMQ is open to nominations for ONSHORE subclass 491 applicants who continue to meet Queensland state nomination criteria.
  • Subclass 190 and all business visas (subclass 188 and 132) have met nomination allocation for FY 2019-20.
  • New quota will be received in July 2020 and applicants will be required to submit a new EOI for Queensland State Nominated visas (subclass 190, 188, 132) at this time.
https://migration.qld.gov.au/

Pollyana Mar 28th 2020 12:54 pm

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From the Centrelink website

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au...ed-coronavirus

We’ll temporarily expand eligibility for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance for job seekers.

We’ll give you access if you’re:
  • a permanent employee who has been stood down or lost your job
  • a sole trader, self employed, a casual or contract worker whose income has reduced
  • caring for someone who’s affected by coronavirus.
We’ve waived asset testing for 6 months from 25 March 2020, except for Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit. We’ve also waived the liquid asset test waiting period, newly arrived residents waiting period, and seasonal work preclusion period.

Income testing will still apply.

Pollyana Mar 28th 2020 1:02 pm

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The Immigration Dept are showing no leniency where visas are concerned.
The info below is current as of today, from https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/all-visa-holders

More details on the website.

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Visa holders in Australia

Leaving Australia

​​Can return

COVID-19-related restrictions around travelling outside Australia do not apply to people ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia. You can return to your home country/country of habitual residence if it is safe and possible to do so.

Can't return

You should apply for a new visa before your current visa expires.

Staying in Australia

You must apply for a new visa before your current visa exp​ir​es. You might be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful until a decision is made on your visa application.​

No further stay condition (includes 8503, 8534 and 8535)

This means you can't apply for most other visas until you leave Australia. If your visa has less than 2 months validity remaining you can request to waive this condition. We will advise you of the outcome of your request. If your request is approved, you can make a new visa application.​​

Condition 8558 (Non-resident cannot stay for more than 12 months in any 18 months period)

You will need to apply for a new visa that suits your new needs. Explore your visa options.

If your visa has expired, you need to apply for Bridging E visa (BVE) immediately in order to become lawful. A BVE keeps you lawful while you make arrangements to leave or finalise your immigration matter.



Pollyana Mar 30th 2020 1:57 am

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https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/employers-and-education-providers includes info on Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holdersTo keep shelves stocked in this time of high demand, the government has announced a temporary relaxation of the 40 hour a fortnight work limit for student visa holders who work in Australia’s major supermarkets.

All Coles, Woolworths and Aldi retailers have been given a​ccess to the temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders. The primary activity of the business must be the supply of groceries. All work related to a supermarket is acceptable for example deli/seafood, checkouts and trolley collectors.

Pollyana Apr 3rd 2020 3:05 pm

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Backpackers allowed to extend stays in Australia during coronavirus pandemic, temporary visa holders to get access to super


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-...ralia/12121004

cting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said people on temporary skilled visas who have been stood down, rather than laid off, could have their visas extended under normal arrangements, while businesses could also reduce their hours without breaching conditions.But he said those who have been sacked and are unable to find a new sponsor should leave the country.

"However, should a four-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements," he said.

Pollyana Apr 3rd 2020 4:33 pm

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Visa overhauls as Government urges backpackers to leave

https://www.couriermail.com.au/coron...2584d91866511c
TENS of thousands of backpackers will be told to leave Australia immediately and warned they will not receive a cent of welfare as the Federal Government moves to cull the number of those on temporary visas.

But exemptions will be unveiled today for Pacific Island seasonal workers and backpackers working on farms, under sweeping visa overhauls that also ensures Australians do not have to compete with international students and skilled migrants to get jobs.
There are more than two million people on temporary visas in the country.
International students, who were recently allowed to double the number of hours they could work to help stack supermarket shelves, will now have these wound back to 40 hours a fortnight from May 1 as desperate Australians look for work.

Mr Tudge said most temporary visa holders with work rights would now be able to access their Australian superannuation to help support themselves during this crisis.
The message will also be made clear today that backpackers will not receive Australian welfare.


There are more than 8000 skilled medical professionals on temporary visas working in the system and they will be allowed to remain.

There are 203,000 international visitors in Australia – typically on a visa lasting three months or less – and 118,000 backpackers.

Backpackers working in critical sectors will be exempt from the six-month work limitation with one employer.

Pollyana Apr 6th 2020 11:39 am

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Saturday's Official Press Release here
https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/...a-holders.aspx

Key points - Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves under these arrangements over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home.

Students who have been here longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation.

Temporary Skilled visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. Businesses will also be able to reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition. These visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.

Working holiday makers who are working in critical sectors will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.



moneypenny20 Apr 6th 2020 2:31 pm

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12833936)
Saturday's Official Press Release here
https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/...a-holders.aspx

Key points - Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves under these arrangements over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home.

Students who have been here longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation.

Temporary Skilled visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per normal arrangements. Businesses will also be able to reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition. These visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year.

Working holiday makers who are working in critical sectors will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.

I have a new volunteer who's here on a Temp working visa - totally out of the loop on visas - with her husband. They've been here 14 months. They've both been laid off, can't pay rent, obviously can't claim anything. No money, how are they supposed to get home? They have all their belongings, even if they find a flight, which is proving impossible , what do they do with their stuff. It's all a complete nightmare. I don't expect the government to bail them out completely but it's hardly their fault they're in this position. Just telling them to go home seems really harsh.

Pollyana Apr 6th 2020 6:15 pm

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Originally Posted by moneypenny20 (Post 12834043)
I have a new volunteer who's here on a Temp working visa - totally out of the loop on visas - with her husband. They've been here 14 months. They've both been laid off, can't pay rent, obviously can't claim anything. No money, how are they supposed to get home? They have all their belongings, even if they find a flight, which is proving impossible , what do they do with their stuff. It's all a complete nightmare. I don't expect the government to bail them out completely but it's hardly their fault they're in this position. Just telling them to go home seems really harsh.

I really feel for people in that position, whether they are backpackers, 457/482 temp visa holders, tourists or whoever. The government is giving them no leeway if their visas are running out, just blithely says "apply for a new one" and they aren't offering any financial help, even to people who have lived here for years and been paying taxes etc.
I was talking to my colleagues on shift last weekend about the plight of many people like the one you now and they just didn't get it. They were of the opinion that people should just get on a plane and leave. Even explaining that some of these temp visa holders have been here 5 years or more and have homes, cars and all their belongings here didn't seem to sink in. How many families with their lives now here could even afford family air fares home right now, never mind the fact they would have t leave all their possessions here.
The whole issue is leading to a lot of nasty racist comments and opinions too,with people at all levels of society saying things like - "anyone not Australian should be thrown out" and "borders should be closed permanently" (both comments I have heard at work).

Pollyana Apr 11th 2020 10:51 am

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https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/gover...border-closingl,

Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to publish the following list of COVID-19 hotspots pursuant to the powers under s362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

The direction applies from 12.01 am on Saturday 11 April 2020 until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced. The purpose of this direction is to identify COVID-19 hotspots for:From 12.01am on Saturday 11 April 2020 the following Local Government Areas in New South Wales are COVID-19 hotspots:\\Blacktown Canterbury-Bankstown Central Coast Cumberland Inner West Ku-ring-gai Northern Beaches Randwick Ryde Sutherland Shire Sydney Waverley Woollahra

Penalties: A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.

Pollyana Apr 11th 2020 12:37 pm

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Statement on Australian citizenship processing
https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/...rocessing.aspx

The Government will hold online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the coronavirus crisis.

Current health advice around COVID-19 means it is not possible for traditional, in-person citizenship ceremonies to be held.

Australian citizenship is an immense privilege, and fundamental to our national identity.

The Department of Home Affairs has commenced trialling one-on-one ceremonies for those already approved for Australian citizenship. We will work with individuals with an urgent need, who cannot access the internet, to ensure their ceremony can occur safely in line with health advice.

When fully implemented, it is expected this new capability will see up to 750 people per day having their citizenship conferred.

The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 requires a person to make a pledge of commitment to Australia before a presiding officer. This is a legal requirement which has been in place for decades.

Applications for Australian citizenship are still able to be accepted during this period, though citizenship interviews and testing have been put on hold.

Additional resources will be deployed to conduct testing and interviews as soon as social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ease.

TeeTMI Apr 14th 2020 2:18 am

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RED CROSS Help for migrants in transition

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/help-for-migrants-in-transition

Important message for people on temporary visas

Emergency relief and casework support

11 April 2020

You may have heard that Red Cross is receiving funding from the Australian Government for the next six months to deliver emergency relief and casework support.

Here is some important information about this funding:
  • These funds are for people on temporary visas who have no way to support themselves and who have urgent needs. This includes food, medicine and crisis accommodation costs.
  • We have not yet received these funds but hope to increase our existing Emergency Relief and Safety Net program in the coming weeks.
  • Because of COVID-19, we will not distribute funds from our offices, but we will provide assistance by phone and email during business hours.
We will work as quickly as possible with the Department of Social Services to finalise the details of the funding and expand assistance to people who are experiencing significant vulnerability.

Who is eligible?
You may be eligible for Red Cross Safety Net support if you:
  • are in Australia on a temporary visa
  • are in urgent financial hardship
  • cannot access Centrelink, Medicare or similar services
  • have no income, savings or other financial support (including from family overseas).
Please know that we provide assistance based on need. We have to prioritise people with urgent needs, such as families with young children, people with a disability, people who are experiencing harm, people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, and people with physical or mental health issues.

How to apply
We will advise when we have the funds and arrangements in place. In the meantime, you can [email protected]?subject=H...n%20transition. [email protected]

Once you have requested help, we will speak to you and see if we can assist with emergency payments, food deliveries, crisis accommodation costs or other support.

To protect everyone’s safety during COVID-19, please do not come to our Red Cross offices at this time. You can [email protected]?subject=H...n%20transition or call 1800 733 276 during business hours.

Pollyana Apr 16th 2020 10:54 am

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COVID-19 Temporary Visa Holders Frequently Asked Questions

This attachment is a few days old, but was sent to registered agents anall the info in it is still accurate..

Pollyana Apr 22nd 2020 3:08 am

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Temporary visa holders in Tasmania get $3m package for financial hardship due to coronavirus


Visa holders who can demonstrate immediate financial hardship will be eligible for $250 for individuals, and $1,000 for families. "It's important we support these people who've been working in our community earning an income and this package will take the steps necessary to do that," he said. "I don't agree with the simple message that temporary visa holders should just go home. In many cases they can't." Workers who can go home will receive financial support from the Government to get back to their home country, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will also be eligible for emergency relief funds that target temporary visa holders.More details at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-...lders/12171546

Pollyana May 9th 2020 1:23 pm

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Each State and Territory is doing this their own way:

Queensland:
Qld COVID-19 – Fri May 8: Roadmap released / no new cases / more recoveries - The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions

Tasmania:

Premier of Tasmania - Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery

South Australia:
https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery

NSW:
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/...08-p54r4v.html

NT:
https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/steps-...map-new-normal

VIC:
https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/healt...nges-c-1026849

WA:
https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus


Pollyana May 9th 2020 1:26 pm

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If you are lucky enough to get permission to leave this place and head north, be aware that the UK is introducing quarantine for travellers - and it must be in a private residence which for some of us would just not be possible.

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-52597437

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52594023

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52523320

moneypenny20 May 11th 2020 10:01 am

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12850496)
If you are lucky enough to get permission to leave this place and head north, be aware that the UK is introducing quarantine for travellers - and it must be in a private residence which for some of us would just not be possible.

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-52597437

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52594023

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52523320

Absolutely ludicrous they didn't do this months ago.

Pollyana Jun 10th 2020 2:26 am

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The Government has resumed in-person citizenship ceremonies with local councils invited to begin hosting small events where safe to do so and in line with the latest health advice.

We moved quickly to implement online ceremonies when COVID-19 restrictions came into effect and more than 25,000 became Australian citizens via this method.

These online ceremonies meant people could pledge their allegiance to Australia at a time of great uncertainty and become citizens despite face-to-face restrictions.

Now that restrictions are easing, councils will once again be able to host small ceremonies in line with the public gathering requirements in their state or territory.

Online ceremonies will continue for councils unable to host physical events safely so we can continue to see as many people as possible enjoy the privilege of becoming citizens.

Councils can choose to host in-person or online ceremonies, or both. The Department of Home Affairs will also continue to host online ceremonies for those who cannot attend an in-person ceremony.

The Government is also working to resume citizenship testing and interviews in the coming weeks so we can have people moving through all stages of becoming Australian citizens.

https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/...to-resume.aspx

Pollyana Jun 17th 2020 4:41 pm

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Qantas has cancelled all international flights through to October 24 2020, with the exception of services to New Zealand and, at the time of writing, Tokyo/Haneda.

The airline is in the process of advising travel agents as well as passengers booked on affected flights, with the changes soon expected to flow through to the Qantas website.

October 24 marks the cut-over to the Northern Winter 2020 airline schedule period as defined by the International Air Transport Association.

https://www.executivetraveller.com/n...te-october#_=_

Kooky. Jun 17th 2020 4:54 pm

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12868331)
Qantas has cancelled all international flights through to October 24 2020, with the exception of services to New Zealand and, at the time of writing, Tokyo/Haneda.

The airline is in the process of advising travel agents as well as passengers booked on affected flights, with the changes soon expected to flow through to the Qantas website.

October 24 marks the cut-over to the Northern Winter 2020 airline schedule period as defined by the International Air Transport Association.

https://www.executivetraveller.com/n...te-october#_=_

This is not going down well with the Aussies in the US. Many are planning weird and wonderful routes through Doha, etc. I'll just stay put, no burning need to get there as this is home for now. (I had planned an Easter trip, I would love to see friends, but right now I care more about getting to the UK TBH.)

Pollyana Jun 30th 2020 4:26 am

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53222356

The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic - but the US, Brazil and China are excluded.

Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea.

Pollyana Jun 30th 2020 4:30 am

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-...toria/12397720

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced borders will reopen to visitors from all states but Victoria from July 10.

Anyone who has travelled from Victoria and enters Queensland from this Friday, including Queenslanders, will have to quarantine at their own expense for 14 days.

If there are further outbreaks of community transmission elsewhere, Ms Palaszczuk said the State Government might review its decision.

Pollyana Jun 30th 2020 6:19 am

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-...ourne/12407138Victoria has reintroduced stay-at-home orders for a series of coronavirus hotspot suburbs in a bid to contain an "unacceptably high" number of new cases detected in the past few days.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, residents in the following 10 postcodes will be restricted from leaving the house except for essential purposes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064.

Premier Daniel Andrews has also announced a judicial inquiry into the state's management of hotel quarantine after a number of cases through late May and early June were linked to infection control breaches.

International flights will be diverted from Melbourne for the next fortnight, to cut the number of arrived travellers who need to be housed in hotel quarantine.

moneypenny20 Jun 30th 2020 9:00 am

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12873922)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-...toria/12397720

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced borders will reopen to visitors from all states but Victoria from July 10.

Anyone who has travelled from Victoria and enters Queensland from this Friday, including Queenslanders, will have to quarantine at their own expense for 14 days.

If there are further outbreaks of community transmission elsewhere, Ms Palaszczuk said the State Government might review its decision.

Considering how many people are queuing to come north at all times of the day for the past couple of weeks, our bit of the border may as well be open already. Pretty sure the world and his wife have printed off permits.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Pollyana Jun 30th 2020 1:07 pm

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Originally Posted by moneypenny20 (Post 12873993)
Considering how many people are queuing to come north at all times of the day for the past couple of weeks, our bit of the border may as well be open already. Pretty sure the world and his wife have printed off permits.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Strong rumours of extra manpower on the border from now on
However, the devil is going to be in the detail - if they need to quarantine,then where? how will they get there? what happens to their vehicles? Are hotels going to be willing to accept people who may not be able to pay.......? Why do politicians announce things without working out the feasibility?!
Twas a long confusing day in the office!!!
:getcoat:

moneypenny20 Jul 4th 2020 9:05 am

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Originally Posted by moneypenny20 (Post 12873993)
Considering how many people are queuing to come north at all times of the day for the past couple of weeks, our bit of the border may as well be open already. Pretty sure the world and his wife have printed off permits.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Replying to myself is odd, however if I thought crossing the border was a pain before... Now it doesn't matter what time or day it is, it's taking over an hour to travel 10km. The border doesn't even open until the 10th.


Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12874091)
Strong rumours of extra manpower on the border from now on
However, the devil is going to be in the detail - if they need to quarantine,then where? how will they get there? what happens to their vehicles? Are hotels going to be willing to accept people who may not be able to pay.......? Why do politicians announce things without working out the feasibility?!
Twas a long confusing day in the office!!!
:getcoat:

Are they going to police the self quarantine bods? Are they going to watch these people 24/7 to ensure they don't leave? Are the hotels providing special COVID staff to service these people alone?

All rhetorical, I don't expect you to have the answers. Presumably they think no one will bother but we all know Victorians will come up and live their best lives visiting every pub, club, theme park they can.

Pollyana Jul 4th 2020 5:09 pm

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Originally Posted by moneypenny20 (Post 12876320)
Replying to myself is odd, however if I thought crossing the border was a pain before... Now it doesn't matter what time or day it is, it's taking over an hour to travel 10km. The border doesn't even open until the 10th.


Are they going to police the self quarantine bods? Are they going to watch these people 24/7 to ensure they don't leave? Are the hotels providing special COVID staff to service these people alone?

All rhetorical, I don't expect you to have the answers. Presumably they think no one will bother but we all know Victorians will come up and live their best lives visiting every pub, club, theme park they can.

You're right, I don't have the answers, and judging by the work chatter following the announcements this week, neither do the police. The one constant thing that everyone was sure of, was that Madam Premier should really have talked to a few people about the practicalities of her plans.
There are even issues possible with the existing quarantine hotels - they were happy to take in quarantined travellers, with all the associated health issues and rules, now they can take the paying public with relaxed rules........its a no-brainer really, the government may start to find it hard to locate anywhere to place travellers requiring quarantine.

Sadly we are also getting reports of cross-border travellers taking out their frustrations by verbally abusing the SES. These guys are volunteers, assisting QPS is part of their remit and many of them are volunteering for long shifts on the border. They don't need abuse in return.

Pollyana Jul 4th 2020 6:44 pm

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https://www.smh.com.au/national/fede...04-p55901.html

Federal government to limit overseas arrivals at Sydney Airport

The federal government will cap overseas arrivals into Sydney Airport at 450 people per day as NSW faces pressure on its capacity to quarantine returned travellers amid the Victorian coronavirus outbreak.

International travellers planning to return to Australia have been warned their trips may be delayed and told to check their itineraries with their airlines. The changes affect incoming flights from midnight on Saturday.

The new limits, which were requested by the NSW government, also restrict each incoming flight to a maximum of 50 passengers. They will last until July 17 and could be extended as the diversion of travellers from Melbourne Airport risks straining NSW resources.

moneypenny20 Jul 5th 2020 12:29 am

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12876492)
You're right, I don't have the answers, and judging by the work chatter following the announcements this week, neither do the police. The one constant thing that everyone was sure of, was that Madam Premier should really have talked to a few people about the practicalities of her plans.
There are even issues possible with the existing quarantine hotels - they were happy to take in quarantined travellers, with all the associated health issues and rules, now they can take the paying public with relaxed rules........its a no-brainer really, the government may start to find it hard to locate anywhere to place travellers requiring quarantine.

Sadly we are also getting reports of cross-border travellers taking out their frustrations by verbally abusing the SES. These guys are volunteers, assisting QPS is part of their remit and many of them are volunteering for long shifts on the border. They don't need abuse in return.

The other issue is how many NSWers are going to admit they've been in Victoria in the past fortnight? They want to travel interstate, no one's going to stop them, so what's a little lie between strangers???

As for abusing the guys at the border, Jesus why???they have a thankless, bone numbingly boring job to do, I smile at them, occasionally there's time for a joke and then there's relief that I now have a clear road ahead of me!

Pollyana Jul 8th 2020 10:34 am

Re: Visa & Aus travel Information related to COVID-19 situation
 
Anyone planning an arrival would be advised to do it fast methinks. Before long it'll be as hard to get a flight in as it is to get a flight out.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-...virus/12433896

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged the number of people coming into Australia could be further reduced to ease the burden on states and territories administering hotel quarantine.Mr Morrison did not outline how the number of international arrivals would be reduced under his proposal, but said it was more about "containing numbers" than a pause on arrivals.

"The issue is what the overall level of returning Australians is, and that's why I'll be bringing a proposal on Friday to reduce that load," he said.

Pollyana Jul 10th 2020 12:30 pm

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1 Attachment(s)
Attached pdf from Home Affairs answers some questions regarding the future path of migration to Australia and the impact COVID-19 has had on the delivery of the Migration Program.

Pollyana Jul 10th 2020 12:53 pm

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-...ntine/12441932

The number of Australian citizens and residents allowed into the country will be slashed to ease pressure on state and territory coronavirus quarantine systems and free up resources to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.National Cabinet has agreed to cut the number of people coming home to Australia from approximately 7,000 to just over 4,000 each week, which amounts to a reduction of about a third, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

States and territories have complained of the burden of hosting returning Australian residents and citizens in hotel quarantine, with Mr Morrison flagging earlier this week that a limit would be introduced.

Every state and territory will also begin requiring people to cover the cost of their own mandatory quarantine.

Pollyana Jul 14th 2020 9:25 pm

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https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/covid19faq.html#states

Useful page outlining the different quarantine costs and rules for each State/Territory.

moneypenny20 Jul 15th 2020 12:17 am

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12881845)
https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/covid19faq.html#states

Useful page outlining the different quarantine costs and rules for each State/Territory.

Cheers for that. This bit isn't very helpful for people in this position. Presumably they've extended the date since May.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...038abd22cc.jpg

moneypenny20 Jul 15th 2020 2:53 am

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Little things and all that but this made me chuckle slightly. Applying for this week's Permit to come home from work and I noticed that I can choose my date of birth from the year 0 to not sure as I gave up scrolling after this. Why on earth did they need to go back past 1900 and go beyond 2020? Let's not go into why I need to apply for a Permit weekly, why locals can't have their own letter and be done with it. I don't mind needing a Permit but having to do it weekly just because I work 10 minutes south of the border is fairly dumb.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...b10e12ab4a.png

Pollyana Jul 22nd 2020 11:17 am

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Originally Posted by moneypenny20 (Post 12881917)
Little things and all that but this made me chuckle slightly. Applying for this week's Permit to come home from work and I noticed that I can choose my date of birth from the year 0 to not sure as I gave up scrolling after this. Why on earth did they need to go back past 1900 and go beyond 2020? Let's not go into why I need to apply for a Permit weekly, why locals can't have their own letter and be done with it. I don't mind needing a Permit but having to do it weekly just because I work 10 minutes south of the border is fairly dumb.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...b10e12ab4a.png

Ahhh Queensland,The Smart State .....

:hysterical:

Pollyana Jul 22nd 2020 11:18 am

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Links for those seekng an exemption to enter or leave Australia

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/l...ustralia#toc-1

https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep


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