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Queensland Border Closures and Implications for Your Parenting Arrangements

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New border restrictions have been announced recently, with further amendments being made quite regularly in response to the ever-changing and reactive world we now find ourselves in.

The most monumental change is the identification of all of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as COVID-19 hotspots, with travel permitted under exceptional circumstances only.

Thankfully, parents facilitating changeover are permitted to enter Queensland under the below exemptions:

  • you need to comply with an order to attend a court or tribunal, or to give effect to orders of a court or tribunal; or
  • you have to fulfil an arrangement or obligation relating to shared parenting or child contact.

However, it’s important to be aware that you are required to provide evidence of the above before attempting to enter Queensland in order to facilitate a changeover. We recommend contacting your family lawyer for a certified copy of your court order and a letter in support of the order.

Those who decide to travel into Queensland will also need to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before entering the state and provide photo identification to border patrol officers. Further, if you are travelling from a COVID-19 hotspot, you will be required to complete 14 days mandatory quarantine in government arranged accommodation at your own expense unless exceptional circumstances apply.

If you are faced with a co-parent who is resisting time on the basis of perceived risk, consider putting their concerns at rest by entering into a clear agreement with regard to precautions to be adopted. A pro forma agreement template can be accessed here.

Now more than ever it is important to ensure you protect the best interests of your children and avoid causing any disruptions to their routine where it can be avoided.

If you’re unsure about how these latest border restrictions impact your unique set of circumstances, contact our team of family law experts to discuss your options.

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