Since the closing of Australia’s borders, particularly the border between Queensland and New South Wales, in March, which was followed by the introduction of social distancing laws and the shutdown of non-essential services, the intensity of restrictions has fluctuated. As a result of the frequent changes in the rules, it is reasonable that people are unclear about what is permitted, particularly if they are unfamiliar with the various limits imposed by each state. But one thing that has stayed fairly consistent throughout the years is the ability to relocate if necessary.
But how can you find a home when you are unable to leave your native state to look at the available options? Leaving your state means you will be subjected to lockdown upon your arrival or upon your return, depending on which direction you are travelling. Is it legal for Gold Coast removal companies to assist you with relocating your furniture if they are operating under government restrictions? During the relocation, what hygiene precautions should you take should be discussed. Is it permissible to hold open houses?
In this article, we’ll assist you sort through any ambiguity you may have about the current COVID-19 restrictions in Australia, as well as how these regulations may affect your relocation plans. Let’s take a look at some of the questions you’ve been asking the most frequently.
So, can I legally relocate between QLD and NSW?
If you’re staying within your state or territory, the majority of the information available at the time allows Australians to relocate within their own country. Although curfew hours continue to apply, you are still permitted to move residence under Stage 3 and 4 limitations if the relocation has previously been planned. You are also permitted to relocate if the residence in which you are now residing is no longer available or acceptable for your living needs, according to applicable regulations.
Under the existing COVID-19 regulations, removal businesses are permitted to conduct business. The general rule when moving by yourself is that members of the same household can assist a person who is in need of relocation, while friends or family members who are not members of the same household are only permitted to assist a person move if they are physically incapable of doing so due to illness or disability.
Leaving your home for the purpose of relocating is explicitly permitted in Victoria; similarly, moving to a new abode is permissible in New South Wales. Moving residence is not officially listed as an essential cause to travel on the Queensland Health website, but it is not classified as a non-essential reason to travel either.
The Queensland Health website states that “although we’ve only mentioned a few activities as examples, we’re asking Queenslanders to practise social distance with common sense.”
Can I still move interstate?
To keep the Coronavirus from spreading, a number of different government entities are implementing a variety of different containment methods. In recent years, state governments have imposed rigors border security procedures, which have had an impact on the hiring of interstate relocations to help people relocate across state lines. You may read a constantly updated article on these border protection measures here, which is updated on a regular basis. The short of it is that you can still relocate over state lines and that removalist vehicles are permitted to cross state lines. When you arrive in your new home state, you will be subjected to a 2-week quarantine period. If you hire a moving company, you should request that they delay delivery by two weeks until your quarantine period has expired.
But it is a little complex and best to consult with your moving company and state bodies.
In Australia, the majority of states and territories have various border control measures in place, with some imposing mandatory quarantine periods and others turning people away if they don’t have a legitimate purpose for entering the state. Individuals visiting the Northern Territory at the time are required to undertake a two-week mandatory quarantine unless they are categorised as a “essential traveller” (in which case they will require documentation to prove this).
https://mk0moorebarlow8598f0.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Resi-1200×1300-FINAL-72dpi-933×1024.jpgIt is possible to apply for exemptions; but, if you do not have an exemption, your application is denied, or your home is not prepared, you will have to undergo quarantine at the expense of the NT Government at a place determined by the NT Government. All visitors arriving in Tasmania will be compelled to stay in quarantine for a period of 14 days in lodgings managed by the government as well. Once again, you can request for an exemption that designates you as a “essential traveller,” but there are restrictions to this classification as well.
Anyone travelling to South Australia should expect border inspections and to be questioned about their motivation for visiting the state, according to the state’s Department of Immigration. Non-essential travellers will still be able to travel to South Australia, but they will be required to indicate where they will be staying, get there immediately, and self-quarantine for two weeks (police might drop in to check on you).
Queensland #COVID19 update 13/09/21
Today we have recorded 4 new cases of COVID-19.
2 cases were locally acquired and detected in home quarantine. 2 cases were overseas acquired and detected in hotel quarantine.
— Queensland Health (@qldhealthnews) September 13, 2021
Trying to enter Queensland will require you to have an entry pass, and if you don’t have one, you may be denied access. If you do not have one, you may be turned away (people who are moving to Queensland are listed as being permitted to enter the state, provided all the relevant passes are in order).
When travelling from a “COVID-19 hotspot” or from abroad, you should put on your isolation trousers because you’ll be heading to self-quarantine regardless of whether you can get into the state.
In what ways should I be extra cautious about my hygiene when I move house?
Throughout your relocation process, it is critical to be attentive of social distance guidelines as well as proper hygiene measures. Currently, open houses are not permitted under COVID-19 regulations, thus all viewings must be conducted through video conference or in accordance with stringent health and safety guidelines.
If you want to use a removal company to assist you with your move, make sure you talk with the staff ahead of time to find out exactly what hygienic precautions they will be employing during the process. Beyond maintaining a safe social distance at all times, all parties should wear masks, regularly sanitise their hands, and thoroughly clean the moving vehicles in between each move, among other precautions.
Some removal companies are instituting even stricter hygienic procedures, such as requiring all mattresses to be bagged prior to the move in order to decrease the chance of germ transfer between customers. It goes without saying that in the event that you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms, you should postpone the transfer until you are 100 percent confident that it is safe to come into touch with other people again.
For those who are overwhelmed by the prospect of relocating during COVID-19, seeking professional assistance from an experienced relocation agent is a wise decision. It goes without saying that many components of the regular relocation process are made considerably more difficult by the current limits on movement and the constraints on face-to-face communication at this time.
We at Gold Coast Removalists can assist you in easing into the relocation process and guiding you through every step of the process, from conducting an in-depth suburb analysis based on your specific requirements to making travel arrangements and even determining the best childcare and educational options for your children. We may also assist prospective international relocators in strategizing their move and getting the process started so that they are well prepared when international borders reopen in the future.
Despite the fact that we are based in Queensland, we provide services throughout Australia to relieve the stress that comes with arranging a move and settling into a new environment. If you would like to learn more about your choices for relocating to Australia, please contact us immediately to for a free discovery discussion. Gold Coast Removalists: Your GC-based relocation specialists!