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COVID-19 hotspots

Victoria

From 12.00 pm on Friday 3 July 2020 all parts of Victoria are considered COVID-19 hotspots.

New South Wales

From 1.00 am on Saturday 8 August 2020 all parts of New South Wales are considered COVID-19 hotspots.

Australian Capital Territory

From 1.00 am on Saturday 8 August 2020 the Australian Capital Territory is considered a COVID-19 hotspot.

Other states and territories

No other Australian states or territories contain declared hotspots.


Hotspots are places in Australia where health officials have found a lot of people with COVID-19. 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

l, 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 1.00 am on Saturday 8 August 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:

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. 11

From 1.00 am on Saturday 8 August 2020, the State of New South Wales, including all Local Government Areas (LGAs) and unincorporated areas, and the Australian Capital Territory are declared as COVID-19 hotspots. This is in addition to the State of Victoria, including all LGAs and unincorporated areas.

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

Hotspot areaStart of
declared hotspot
End of
declared hotspot
New South Wales – Local Government Areas
Albury 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Armidale Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Ballina 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Balranald 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Bathurst Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Bayside 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Bega Valley 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Bellingen 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Berrigan 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Blacktown City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Bland 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Blayney 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Blue Mountains City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Bogan 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Bourke 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Brewarrina 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Broken Hill 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Burwood 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Byron 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Cabonne 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Camden 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Campbelltown City 12.00 pm
14 July 2020
Current
Canada Bay City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Canterbury-Bankstown 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Carrathool 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Central Coast 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Central Darling 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Cessnock 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Clarence Valley 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Cobar 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Coffs Harbour 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Coolamon 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Coonamble 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Cowra 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Cumberland 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Dubbo Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Dungog 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Edward River 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Eurobodalla 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Fairfield City 01.00 am
27 July 2020
Current
Federation 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Forbes 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Georges River 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Gilgandra 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Glen Innes Severn 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Goulburn Mulwaree 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Greater Hume Shire 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Griffith 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Gunnedah 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Gwydir 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Hawkesbury City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Hay 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Hilltops 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Hornsby Shire 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Hunter’s Hill Municipality 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Inner West 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Inverell 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Junee 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Kempsey 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Kiama 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Ku-ring-gai 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Kyogle 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Lachlan 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Lake Macquarie 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Lane Cove Municipality 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Leeton 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Lismore 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Lithgow 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Liverpool City 12.00 pm
14 July 2020
Current
Liverpool Plains 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Lockhart 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Maitland 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Mid-Coast 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Mid-Western Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Moree Plains 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Mosman Municipality 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Murray River 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Murrumbidgee 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Muswellbrook 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Nambucca 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Narrabri 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Narrandera 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Narromine 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Newcastle 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
North Sydney 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Northern Beaches 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Oberon 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Orange 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Parkes 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Parramatta City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Penrith City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Port Macquarie-Hastings 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Port Stephens 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Randwick City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Richmond Valley 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Ryde City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Shellharbour 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Shoalhaven 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Singleton 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Snowy Monaro Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Snowy Valleys 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Strathfield Municipality 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Sutherland Shire 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Sydney City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Tamworth Regional 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Temora 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Tenterfield 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
The Hills Shire 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Tweed 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Upper Hunter Shire 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Upper Lachlan Shire 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Uralla 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Wagga Wagga 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Walcha 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Walgett 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Warren 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Warrumbungle Shire 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Waverley 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Weddin 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Wentworth 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Willoughby City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Wingecarribee 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Wollondilly Shire 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Wollongong 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Woollahra City 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Yass Valley 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
New South Wales – Unincorporated Areas
Sydney Harbour 1.00 am
1 August 2020
Current
Unincorporated NSW 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Australian Capital Territory – Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
Australian Capital Territory 1.00 am
8 August 2020
Current
Victoria – Local Government Areas

Alpine Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020

Current

Ararat Rural City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Ballarat City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Banyule City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Bass Coast Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Baw Baw Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Bayside City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Benalla Rural City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Boroondara City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Brimbank City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Buloke Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Campaspe Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Cardinia Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Casey City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Central Goldfields Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Colac Otway Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Corangamite Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Darebin City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

East Gippsland Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Frankston City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Gannawarra Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Glen Eira City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Glenelg Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Golden Plains Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Greater Bendigo City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Greater Dandenong City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Greater Geelong City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Greater Shepparton City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Hepburn Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Hindmarsh Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Hobsons Bay City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Horsham Rural City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Hume City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Indigo Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Kingston City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Knox City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Latrobe City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Loddon Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Macedon Ranges Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Manningham City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Mansfield Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Maribyrnong City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Maroondah City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Melbourne City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Melton City

12.01 am
14 May 2020
Current

Mildura Rural City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Mitchell Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Moira Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Monash City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Moonee Valley City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Moorabool Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Moreland City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Mornington Peninsula Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Mount Alexander Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Moyne Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Murrindindi Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Nillumbik Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Northern Grampians Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Port Phillip City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Pyrenees Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Borough of Queenscliffe

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

South Gippsland Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Southern Grampians Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Stonnington City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Strathbogie Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Surf Coast Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Swan Hill Rural City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Towong Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Wangaratta Rural City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Warrnambool City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Wellington Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

West Wimmera Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Whitehorse City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Whittlesea City

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Wodonga City

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Wyndham City

12.01 am
14 May 2020
Current

Yarra City

12.01 am
13 June 2020
Current

Yarra Ranges Shire

12.01 am
20 June 2020
Current

Yarriambiack Shire

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current
Victoria – Unincorporated Areas

Elizabeth Island

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Falls Creek Alpine Resort

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

French Island and Sandstone Island

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Gabo Island

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Lady Julia Percy Island

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Mount Buller Alpine Resort

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Mount Hotham Resort

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current

Mount Sterling Resort

12.00 pm
3 July 2020
Current  

Under the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11), a person who has been in COVID-19 hotspot is not required to quarantine if the person:

  • was in the COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport in the COVID-19 hotspot and did not leave the confines of the airport; or
  • was on the vessel Spirit of Tasmania and went directly from the vessel to an airport in the COVID-19 hotspot via private transport and did not leave the confines of the airport except to board a flight to Queensland.
  • travelled by road using private transport and taking the most practicable direct route through the COVID-19 hotspot and without exiting the vehicle except to deal with an emergency or as directed by police or transport authority.

A person may be exempt from mandatory quarantine if they have been to a hotspot, a full list is available in the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11).

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

Previous declarations of COVID-19 hotspots are detailed below:

Local Government Area Start of declared hotspot End of declared hotspot
New South Wales
Newcastle

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Wollongong

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Georges River

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Bayside

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Penrith

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

The Hills Shire

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Ku-ring-gai

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Cumberland

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Ryde

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Inner West

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Randwick

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Canterbury-Bankstown

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Sutherland Shire

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Woollahra

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Blacktown

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Central Coast

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Northern Beaches

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Sydney

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Waverley

12.01 am 11 April 2020

12.01 am 15 May 2020

Victoria
Moorabool Shire 12.01 am
14 May 2020
12.01 am
13 June 2020