The Federal Government has announced plans to lift the cap on international arrivals to clear the massive backlog of Aussies stranded overseas.
Under the current cap, just 4000 Australians can return home a week, leaving more than 20,000 residents stuck overseas waiting for a flight back down under.
However, following mounting pressure to lift the cap, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Wednesday the Federal Government wants to increase the number of returning Australians a week from 4000 to 6000.
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Mr McCormack said NSW had already agreed to increase the number of people coming into the state by 500 a week.
He also confirmed Western Australia had agreed to increase it’s capacity by 500, while the number of people returning to South Australia from overseas would increase by about 360.
Meanwhile, he urged Queensland to take another 500 Australians returning from overseas into the Gold Coast or Cairns.
Until the COVID-19 situation in Victoria eases, there will be no international flights flying into Melbourne, Mr McCormack said.