NSW and VIC Border Closures – Impact on Family Court

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NSW and VIC Border Closures – How does this impact Family Court Orders and Parenting Plans?

As at 8 July 2020, new temporary border restrictions where placed into effect to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

This means no persons will be able to cross the border between NSW and VIC unless they hold a current permit from Service NSW. Anyone who fails to comply with the rules could face up to six months prison, a fine of $11,000, or both. So, what happens if you have legal obligations which require you to cross the border, such as Family Court Orders or a Parenting Plan?

If you hold a current Court Order or legal document which requires you to cross the border, you may be eligible for a permit from Service NSW. You must ensure you have the correct evidence and provide accurate information when submitting your permit. Inaccurate information provided during the application process could result in a $4,000.00 fine.

Should you be granted a permit, strict guidelines and rules are to be complied with, such as self-isolation and hygiene measures. For more information regarding the NSW and VIC border closures see
https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/nsw-and-victorian-border-closures. To apply for a permit or check your eligibility see https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-covid-19-nsw-border-entry-permit#eligibility. For all Family Law matters, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 02 6542 5566.

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