Lockdown in Regional New South Wales Extended

Key Member Takeaways

  • Stay-at-home restriction for all Regional NSW area to be extended to 12:01am on 28 August 2021.

  • Permits will be required to enter Regional NSW area.

  • Members should review their operations to ascertain which staff are able to work from home and also what customers, if any, are travelling to attend to a Member’s business.


In the press conference on Thursday 19 August, the NSW Premier has announced that the stay-at-home order for all of Regional NSW area will be extended to 12:01am on 28 August 2021 to align with the rest of NSW. The level of restrictions for all of Regional NSW area remain unchanged. Members will be provided with further information if any further changes exist after the Public Health Order (“PHO”) has been updated.
Regional NSW area” means area of all NSW other than Greater Sydney.

The NSW Government had earlier announced that any person who wishes to travel to the Regional NSW area or specific reasons must have a permit which will be made available on the Service NSW website. This permit system will only be available from 12:01 am on 21 August 2021. Members will be provided with further information if any further changes exist after the PHO has been updated. Any person who wishes to travel to regional NSW for one of the following reasons must have a permit which will be made available on Service NSW:

  • authorised workers from LGAs of concern

  • inspecting real estate. Any person inspecting real estate in the regions must now genuinely need a home to live in (no investment properties); and

  • travelling to your second home. This is now only allowed if you are using the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there)

Members should be aware that employees can travel to Regional New South Wales for the purposes of work without needing to obtain a permit provided they do not reside in one of the twelve (12) LGAs of concern.

If Members have any questions or queries surrounding the latest updates then please contact the MTA NSW Employment Relations team at P: (02) 90169000 or at E: [email protected]

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