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Travelling to Queensland

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​​​​Borders and travelling to Queensland

Students and children

Students and children who live in a non-restricted Local Government Area (LGA) in the New South Wales border zone can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend school, childcare, university or any other educational institution for the purpose of receiving instruction or care. This includes kindergarten or Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) and registered training organisations (RTO). A parent or carer can also cross the border to transport a child to or from these facilities. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass requirements.

If you are travelling to Queensland​ from a restricted border zone, COVID-19 hotspot or an interstate exposure venue, further restrictions may apply.

Children under 18 years who are Queensland residents and in the care of the state are permitted to re-enter Queensland to fulfil statutory care obligations.

What if my child can​​not cross the border?

If your child is interstate and is unable to travel to Queensland​, you should contact your child’s school or early childhood service for advice around their learning program.

Students can also access the learning@home website for information, advice and learning materials to support students with their learning outside of the classroom. The earlylearning@home​ website is also available for young children.

​Staff

A staff member who lives in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend work at a school, childcare, university or any other educational institution. This includes those delivering instruction for a kindergarten, Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) or registered training organisation (RTO). All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply with Queensland Health border pass requirements.

If you are travelling to Queensland from a restricted border zone, COVID-19 hotspot or an interstate exposure venue​, further restrictions may apply.

What if a staff ​member cannot cross the border?

Staff members who are interstate and unable to travel to Queensland​ should contact their supervisor, manager or principal to discuss work arrangements, including any equipment they may need.

School staff who are unable to undertake work whilst you are within a hotspot and cannot cross the border into Queensland are able to utilise their leave entitlements. If you are unable to utilise your leave entitlements, please discuss options with your supervisor, manager or principal. Please refer to the COVID-19 Leave Guide for further information.

Contractors working across borders

Contractors who are interstate and unable to travel to Queensland​ to undertake work for the Education Sector should contact their Department of Education representative to ensure the work is required and what timeframes are agreed to.

Contractors in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone can cross between NSW and Queensland to work at a school, childcare, university or any other educational institution.

​​Living outside an impacted area

Anyone who has been in an impacted area, including Queensland LGAs where restrictions are in place, Queensland/NSW border zones, declared COVID-19 hotspots or interstate exposure venues, must follow the relevant restrictions for the location they have visited, such as wearing face masks, for 14 days after leaving the area.

Interstate excursions

Excursions outside of Queensland, including to a hotspot or restricted area, need careful planning and must be approved by the principal and Regional Director prior to any arrangements being made.

Anyone entering or returning to Queensland from a restricted border zone, a declared COVID-19 hotspot, or interstate exposure venue​ must abide by the Queensland border restrictions. This includes school groups crossing the Queensland border in either direction.

Boa​rding schools

Students ​​attending a boarding school interstate

Students who attend a boarding school interstate can return to Queensland. However, they must quarantine at a private residence, their boarding school or government-nominated accommodation for 14 days after returning to Queensland.

Any accompanying adult, including a parent, guardian or responsible adult, who is conveying a student to or from Queensland, must also quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Queensland. Quarantine can be in a private residence or government-nominated accommodation.

If a student or accompanying adult is quarantining in a private residence, all persons residing at the residence will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.

More information on the class exemption: boarding school students for Queensland residents boarding interstate is available on the Queensland Government website​. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass​ requirements.

Students returning to their Queensland boarding school

Students who attend a boarding school in Queensland and have travelled interstate can return to their boarding school. However, they must quarantine at their boarding school, a private residence or government-nominated accommodation for 14 days after returning to Queensland.

Any accompanying adult, including a parent, guardian or responsible adult, who is conveying a student to or from Queensland, must quarantine while they remain in Queensland (for up to 14 days). Quarantine can be in a private residence or government-nominated accommodation.

If a student or accompanying adult is quarantining in a private residence, all persons residing at the residence will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.

More information on the class exemption: boarding school students for interstate residents boarding in Queensland is available on the Queensland Health website​.

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Last updated 06 December 2021