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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Current restrictions

Some restrictions remain in place for schools in South East Queensland. Refer to Roadmap to easing restrictions​ for more information.

Anyone travelling to or from Queensland​ should stay up-to-date on the latest border restrictions, including for travel in the New South Wales and Queensland border zone.

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FAQs for QLD restrictions

NSW b​order zone​

Can a student or staff member who lives in New South Wales attend their school in Queensland?

Yes. If you are in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, you can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend school, childcare, university or any other educational institution or to transport your children to or from these facilities. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass requirements.

Can a student or staff member who lives in Queensland attend their school in New South Wales?

Yes. If you are in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, you can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend school, childcare, university or any other educational institution or to transport your children to or from these facilities. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass requirements.​​

Can m​y child who lives in NSW attend their Queensland-based kindergarten or Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP)?

Yes. If you are in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, you can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend school, childcare, university or any other educational institution or to transport your children to or from these facilities. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass requirements.​

​Can a student or staff member of a registered training organisation (RTO) travel across the border to attend or deliver training?

Yes. If you are in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, you can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend school, childcare, university or any other educational institution or to transport your children to or from these facilities. This includes staff who deliver training for a registered training organisation (RTO). ​All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass requirements.​

Declared hotspots

What if my child is interstate and c​annot cross the border?

If your child is interstate and is unable to travel to Queensland, you should contact your child’s school for advice around their learning program.

Students can also access the learning@home​ website for information, advice and learning materials to support students with their learning outside of the classroom.

What if a staff member is interstate and cannot cross the bord​er?

Staff members who are interstate and unable to travel to Queensland should contact their supervisor, manager or principal to discuss work arrangements, including any equipment they may need.

If you are unable to undertake work whilst you are within a hotspot and cannot cross the border into Queensland, you are able to utilise your leave entitlements. If you are unable to utilise your leave entitlements, please discuss options with your supervisor, manager or principal.

Boarding schools

My child attends a boarding s​​​chool interstate. Can they return to Queensland for the school holidays?

Students who attend a boarding school in a restricted border zone​ are able to return to Queensland for the school holidays. However, they must quarantine at a private residence or government-nominated accommodation for 14 days after leaving the restricted zone.

Any accompanying adult, including a parent, guardian or responsible adult, who is conveying a student to or from Queensland, must also quarantine for 14 days after leaving a restricted border zone. Quarantine can be in a private residence or government-nominated accommodation.

If a student or accompanying adult is quarantining in a private residence, all persons residing at the residence will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.

More information on the Class Exemption: Boarding school students for Queensland residents boarding interstate is available on the Queensland Health website. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass​ requirements.

My child attends a boarding school in Queensland. Can they return to their school if they have travelled interstate during the school holidays?

Students who attend a boarding school in Queensland and who have travelled to an interstate restricted local government area during the school holidays are able to return to Queensland to attend their boarding school. However, they must quarantine at their boarding school, a private residence or government-nominated accommodation for 14 days after leaving the restricted area.

Any accompanying adult, including a parent, guardian or responsible adult, who is conveying a student to or from Queensland, must quarantine for 14 days after returning to Queensland. Quarantine can be in a private residence or government-nominated accommodation.

If a student or accompanying adult is quarantining in a private residence, all persons residing at the residence will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.

More information on the Class Exemption: Boarding school students for interstate residents boarding in Queensland is available on the Queensland Health website.​

​Where can I find more information about border restrictions?

Please see information about travelling to Queensland.

Residents in the NSW/Queensland border zone can find information about non-restricted LGAs in the New South Wales border zone on the Queensland Health website​.

School o​pera​tions

Are school b​​uses running in the New South Wales and Queensland border areas?

Transportation via school buses can occur, ensuring all persons comply to the Border Restrictions Direction.​ Please contact your local bus service for more information.

Our school was planning an excursion to ​​​New South Wales, Victoria or the ACT. Can this still continue?

Anyone entering an interstate restricted local government area or returning to Queensland from these areas must abide by the Queensland border restrictions. This includes​ school groups crossing the Queensland border in either direction.

​FAQs for restrictions in South East Queensland from 4pm Friday 10 September 2021​

Masks at s​​chool

Who needs to we​ar a face mask while at school?

In the 11 impacted LGAs in South East Queensland, face masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school.

All visitors, including parents and carers, must also adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions, including wearing face masks when on school premises.

There are some exceptions to the requirements to wear a face mask. Visit the Queensland Health website for more information.

Anyone who has been in an impacted area in the past 14 days but does not live or attend school there​ should refer to Queensland Health for details of the restrictions they must follow.

Support for s​tudents in isolation/quarantine

What support will my child receive if they are required to quarantin​​e or isolate?

Please contact your child's school to enquire about the assistance available based on your child’s specific requirements. The department’s learning@home website also provides valuable resources. We will support students to ensure continuity of learning for those impacted by COVID-19.

​Vaccination​​s​

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

​Anyone aged 12 years and over can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and getting vaccinated, visit the Queensland Health website.

How do I register for a vaccin​ation?

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Queensland Health vaccination registration page or call 134 COVID (134 268).

Parents of children aged 12–15 years should register their child as a dependent.​

Is it mandatory for ​​​school staff or earl​y childhood workers to get a vaccination?

No. However, we strongly encourage all staff to take up the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Being vaccinated helps ensure your own safety, and also the safety of your families, your colleagues, students and our community.

If you live or have been in NSW, there may be vaccination requirements to enter Queensland. See the Queensland Government website​ for more details.

Is the Govern​​ment giving teac​hers extra leave to get vaccinated?

Principals will work towards maximising the uptake of the vaccine, and wherever possible, support employees to receive the vaccine. Principals and staff will work collaboratively to ensure vaccination occurs with minimal disruption to school routines and in a manner which promotes the effective use of available resources.

If staff are unable to receive a vaccination within their own time, principals will accommodate release to attend a vaccination booking. Options may include being flexible with timetabling and use of relief staff, flexible hours to accommodate early morning or late afternoon bookings, use of accrued time off, or use of sick leave.​

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Last updated 20 September 2021