With the National Cabinet in agreement following this morning’s meeting, Prime Minister Scott Morison has reiterated that Australia is on track for the goal of opening domestic borders by Christmas this year.
Initially announced in early September in the country’s new plan for emergence out of COVID-19, seven out of eight states and territories have committed to this plan.
Western Australia remains the only state not taking part in this plan.
Domestic borders opening will require finessing a hot spot model in which discrete areas with COVID-19 cases will be put in quarantine, as opposed to states and territories.
The Prime Minister says that NSW’s practices in containing the virus is an outstanding effort and useful for this new model.
In the meantime, officials will continue to repatriate the 26,200 stranded Australians around the world, ideally before Christmas.