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Declaration of COVID-19 hotspots


Hotspots are places in Australia where health officials have found a lot of people with COVID-19, or places that are at risk of a lot of COVID-19 infections. Hotspots are legally listed so that people travelling from those high-risk areas into Queensland can be identified.

From 10 July 2020, people who have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days will only be able to enter Queensland if they are a returning Queensland resident or required to enter for a limited range of essential reasons. Queensland residents returning to Queensland from a hotspot must quarantine for 14 days on entering Queensland. This will help reduce the chance that they might infect other people.

Details of who is exempt from mandatory quarantine, even if they have been to a hotspot, can be found on the Border Restrictions page.

Declared hotspots

I, Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to publish the following list of COVID‑19 hotspots pursuant to the powers under s362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

The direction applies from 1.00am on Tuesday 1 December 2020 until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced. The purpose of this direction is to:

  • identify COVID-19 hotspots for Public Health Direction – Border Restrictions Direction (No. 18) or its successor
  • identify COVID-19 hotspots for other public health directions about the movement of people to or from COVID-19 hotspots
  • exclude all Victorian and all remaining New South Wales Local Government Areas (LGAs) as declared COVID-19 hotspots.

This restriction means people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will be turned away at our border, subject to limited exceptions as set out in Border Restrictions Direction No. 18.

From 1.00am AEST on Tuesday 1 December 2020, 20 SA LGAs will remain as declared COVID-19 hotspots.

A full list of declared COVID-19 hotspots is provided below:

Local Government AreaStart of declared hotspotEnd of declared hotspot
South Australia
Adelaide, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Adelaide Hills Council11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Burnside, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Campbelltown City Council11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Charles Sturt, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Gawler, Town of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Holdfast Bay, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Marion, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Mitcham, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Norwood Payneham and St Peters, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Onkaparinga, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Playford, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Port Adelaide Enfield, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Prospect, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Salisbury, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Tea Tree Gully, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Unley, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
Walkerville Regional Council11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
West Torrens, City of11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current
South Australia - Unincorporated Areas
Torrens Island11.59 pm 16 November 2020Current

Border Restrictions Direction (No. 18), and its successors set out the conditions that persons must comply with when arriving in Queensland from a place outside of Queensland.

Penalties: A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.

Section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005 provides:

Failure to comply with public health directions

  • A person to whom a public health direction applies must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
  • Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

Previous declarations of COVID-19 hotspots are detailed below:

Local Government AreaStart of declared hotspotEnd of declared hotspot
New South Wales
Newcastle12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Wollongong12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Georges River12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Bayside12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Penrith12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
The Hills Shire12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Ku-ring-gai12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Cumberland12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Ryde12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Inner West12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Randwick12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Canterbury-Bankstown12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Sutherland Shire12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Woollahra12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Blacktown12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Central Coast12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Northern Beaches12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Sydney12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Waverley12.01 am 11 April 202012.01 am 15 May 2020
Campbelltown City12.00 pm 14 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Liverpool City12.00 pm 14 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Fairfield City1.00 am 27 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Blue Mountains City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Central Coast1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Hawkesbury City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bayside1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Blacktown City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Burwood1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Camden1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Canada Bay City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Canterbury-Bankstown1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Cumberland1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Georges River1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Hornsby Shire1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Hunter’s Hill Municipality1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Inner West1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Ku-ring-gai1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Lane Cove1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mosman Municipality1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
North Sydney1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Northern Beaches1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Parramatta City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Penrith City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Randwick City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Ryde City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Strathfield Municipality1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Sutherland Shire1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Sydney City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
The Hills Shire1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Waverley1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Willoughby City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Wollondilly Shire1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Woollahra City1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Albury1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Armidale Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Ballina1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Balranald1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bathurst Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bega Valley1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bellingen1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Berrigan1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bland1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Blayney1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bogan1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Bourke1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Brewarrina1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Broken Hill1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Byron1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Cabonne1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Carrathool1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Central Darling1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Cessnock1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Clarence Valley1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Cobar1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Coffs Harbour1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Coolamon1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Coonamble1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Cowra1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Dubbo Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Dungog1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Edward River1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Eurobodalla1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Federation1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Forbes1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Gilgandra1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Glen Innes Severn1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Goulburn Mulwaree1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Greater Hume Shire1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Griffith1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Gunnedah1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Gwydir1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Hay1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Hilltops1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Inverell1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Junee1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Kempsey1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Kiama1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Kyogle1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Lachlan1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Lake Macquarie1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Leeton1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Lismore1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Lithgow1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Liverpool Plains1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Lockhart1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Maitland1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Mid-Coast1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Mid-Western Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Moree Plains1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Murray River1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Murrumbidgee1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Muswellbrook1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Nambucca1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Narrabri1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Narrandera1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Narromine1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Newcastle1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Oberon1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Orange1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Parkes1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Port Macquarie-Hastings1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Port Stephens1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Richmond Valley1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Shellharbour1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Shoalhaven1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Singleton1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Snowy Monaro Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Snowy Valleys1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Tamworth Regional1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Temora1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Tenterfield1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Tweed1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Upper Hunter Shire1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Upper Lachlan Shire1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Uralla1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Wagga Wagga1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Walcha1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Walgett1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Warren1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Warrumbungle Shire1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Weddin1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Wentworth1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Wingecarribee1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Wollongong1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Yass Valley1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
New South Wales – Unincorporated Areas
Sydney Harbour1.00 am 1 August 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Lord Howe Island1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Unincorporated Far West Region1.00 am 8 August 20201.00 am 3 November 2020
Victoria
Moorabool Shire12.01 am 14 May 202012.01 am 13 June 2020
Melton City12.01 am 14 May 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Wyndham City12.01 am 14 May 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Banyule City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Boroondara City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Brimbank City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Casey City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Greater Geelong City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Hume City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Knox City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Melbourne City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Monash City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Moreland City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Yarra City12.01 am 13 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Bayside City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Cardinia Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Darebin City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Frankston City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Glen Eira City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Greater Dandenong City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Hobsons Bay City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Kingston City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Macedon Ranges Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Manningham City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Maribyrnong City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Maroondah City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mitchell Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Moonee Valley City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Moorabool Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mornington Peninsula Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Murrindindi Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Nillumbik Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Port Phillip City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Stonnington City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Whitehorse City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Whittlesea City12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Yarra Ranges Shire12.01 am 20 June 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Alpine Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Ararat Rural City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Ballarat City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Bass Coast Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Baw Baw Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Benalla Rural City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Buloke Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Campaspe Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Central Goldfields Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Colac Otway Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Corangamite Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
East Gippsland Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Gannawarra Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Glenelg Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Golden Plains Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Greater Bendigo City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Greater Shepparton City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Hepburn Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Hindmarsh Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Horsham Rural City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Indigo Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Latrobe City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Loddon Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mansfield Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mildura Rural City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Moira Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mount Alexander Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Moyne Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Northern Grampians Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Pyrenees Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Borough of Queenscliffe12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
South Gippsland Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Southern Grampians Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Strathbogie Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Surf Coast Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Swan Hill Rural City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Towong Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Wangaratta Rural City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Warrnambool City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Wellington Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
West Wimmera Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Wodonga City12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Yarriambiack Shire12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Victoria – Unincorporated Areas
Elizabeth Island12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Falls Creek Alpine Resort12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
French Island and Sandstone Island12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Gabo Island12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Lady Julia Percy Island12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mount Buller Alpine Resort12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mount Hotham Resort12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Mount Sterling Resort12.00 pm 3 July 20201.00 am 1 December 2020
Australian Capital Territory – Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
Australian Capital Territory1.00 am 8 August 20201.00am 25 September 2020