Early Qld border decision looming as Sydney, Vic hit milestones

Queensland could confirm a border reopening to Greater Sydney and Victoria as early as Tuesday with the Premier not ruling out an early announcement.

The state had previously set a rule of only reviewing borders at the end of each month.

December 1 had been slated as the reopening date as part of Queensland’s roadmap if the southern states met tough health criteria.


It comes as Victoria today notched up 24 days straight with no new cases, while New South Wales reached 16 days with no local cases.

New South Wales also hit 30 days without a case with no known source after officials were able to trace the missing link of several previous cases.

Queensland had set the bar at 28 days for New South Wales and Victoria to be free of any cases with an unknown source.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she and Health Minister Yvette D’ath would receive a briefing from the Chief Health Officer on Tuesday and provide an update after that.

But she admits things are looking much better.

“I actually do think things are looking positive, the most positive I’ve seen this year,” the Premier said.

“So look, fingers crossed, if it continues that way, our roadmap says 1st of December and I’m very encouraged that it will be a positive outcome for New South Wales and Victoria.”

When asked if there would be an announcement tomorrow, Ms Palaszczuk replied “let’s see.”

It comes as the New South Wales Premier took another shot at Queensland over its ongoing border closure and says no health reason for it to continue.

“What this demonstrates is just that unfortunately some state premiers are kind of making up the advice as they go,” Gladys Berejiklian said.

“The last case which has an unknown source was on October 24 so again I just ask Premiers to show some compassion.