The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of confusion over what can and cannot be done, what is classified as an essential service and who can cross closed state borders or borders with entry restrictions in place. The information provided below is current as of August 7th, 2020.
It is still possible to move house both locally or interstate, including across borders with restrictions/closures in place. If you need to use the services of a removalist that is allowed also; removalists are classified as 'essential services' in the freight and logistics definitions stated by the Government. Each state has its own rules of entry for persons entering however there are no restrictions on freight entering each state.
Currently, every state in Australia still has social-distancing measures in place. In WA, NT, SA, TAS, NSW and QLD removalists are permitted to enter your home. In Victoria where stage 4 restrictions are currently in place, removalists would still be permitted as an essential service although new updates are coming in on a daily basis. Social distancing would need to be observed and all parties would need to wear a mask. As of today, home relocations that were confirmed or scheduled prior to the start of stage 4 lockdown are permitted to go ahead. For people still planning and confirming dates of a home move, we would advise checking the most up-to-date information issued by the State Government of Victoria as this is changing on a regular basis.
As of 13/8, Victoria is the only state in Australia experiencing a stage 4 lockdown. The current advice as per the Victorian Government Health Directions is that you can still move house but you must adhere to the Melbourne-wide curfew restrictions (8 pm until 5 am) providing you practice social distancing and wear a face covering. (NB: It is unclear whether or not the signing of new leases and sale agreements for homes that are confirmed after the beginning of stage 4 restrictions will still permit their owners to move house).
Although state borders are closed in parts of Australia, it is still possible to move interstate although most states have a mandatory 14-day isolation period that must be adhered to. You will need to apply for an exemption to enter most states although relocating house is a valid reason for entering another state.
Choosing to do a 'self-pack' or DIY move is a smart choice at this time. People can catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. Although transmission is unlikely this way, it is a possibility so if you want total peace of mind, knowing that you are the only one to be touching your home contents will put your mind at rest. With a self-pack shipping container move, the process can be completely contactless. The move is organised online and the only people to come to your home are the truck drivers delivering or picking up the shipping container. Where necessary, contactless procedures and social distancing measures are in place to ensure your health and safety is not compromised.
Moving interstate from Melbourne to Brisbane, Melbourne to Adelaide or any other state in Australia is still permitted at this time. The transportation of reight is classified as an essential service. For people relocating across closed borders, a special exemption to enter will need to be granted from the relevant state government.
If you would like an obligation free moving quote for your interstate move, please get in contact today, we are happy to compare any competing quote and beat it if we can!