My question is to the Regional Development Minister.

As a result of the staggering recent decision to close the Victoria-New South Wales border for the first time in over 100 years, there are now thousands of residents in our electorate of Northern Victoria who are being prevented from attending work each day.

This is because they work in New South Wales and, under the heavy-handed rules associated with the border closure, they are not being granted permits to travel there even for this fundamental purpose and even when they have no COVID symptoms.

There are over 1,000 people who live in Indigo Shire alone, for example, in this category.

I therefore seek the Minister’s advice on what actions the Victorian Government is taking to resolve this untenable situation and, accordingly, by when can people expect that these rules will be changed?