Recently I bought a motorcycle from Byron Bay (NSW), travelling from Brisbane (QLD).
It was quite the adventure doing so. I wasn't sure whether I could cross the borders. And if I could, I wasn't sure if my excuse (to buy a motorbike) was a legally valid one.
But it turned out it was fine, as long as I observed other guidelines including of social distancing. I made it back!
Here's the Ducati 900SS I bought, complete with entry-pass:
I did my research about the COVID-19 border restrictions and realised
- I could exit Queensland and enter NSW with no worries
There was no station along the way checking who's from NSW and who's not. There was nothing at all.
However on the other side,
- I could only enter Queensland as a resident, or if I fit into one of the other exclusions.
To enter Queensland I had to get a Queensland Border Pass from this website.
It looked like this:
You can get one by filling out a form declaring your address and the reason you're exempt from travel.
As of June 2020, the exemptions are that you are a/an
- Queensland resident or travelling to take up permanent Queensland residency, or a border resident commuting or accessing essential goods and services
- Not a resident but exempt as a government employee, health care worker, person in transit, or a number of other things
- Agribusiness/commercial fishing worker or contractor
I fit into the first one, so I displayed the entry pass under my windshield and went through.
Currently, where you can travel in Australia depends on where you're a resident, and what states are adjoining.
- ACT residents: Can freely enter NSW, and from there, Victoria, freely.
- NSW residents: Can freely enter Victoria, but can only enter Queensland if they're exempt.
- Victorian residents: Can freely enter NSW. Can travel to SA but must quarantine for 14 days.
- QLD residents: Can freely enter NSW. You can go to SA without quarantining, too. But if you want to go to NT, you have to apply for entry and must quarantine for 14 days.
- SA residents: Can freely enter NSW or Victoria. Can't travel to Queensland unless you're exempt.
- WA residents: Can freely enter SA. Can enter NT, but must apply for entry and must quarantine for 14 days.
- NT residents: Can't enter WA unless exempt. Can enter SA freely, without quarantine.
- Anyone flying (i.e. not riding your motorbike): Can go to Tasmania, but must self-quarantine for 14 days.
So basically, these rules are all over the place!
As a Queenslander, I can go to NSW, Victoria, and SA and nobody will care. Then I can come home with a piece of paper under my windshield and nobody will care there either.
But as a South Australian, you wouldn't get the reciprocal right to enter QLD.
They rules are also likely to change with almost no notice. Check them before you do anything.