Regional hotels will form part of a new strategy to quarantine people returning from overseas before they go home.
The strict new measures will involve a two-week stay in isolation in a hotel room to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
They were announced after Friday's National Cabinet meeting, with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirming it would not just be not just be airport hotels involved.
"We have 5000 rooms basically on standby now," he said.
"You'll be quarantined with appropriate support whether it be in the CBD, in the suburbs or in regional areas.
"We'll try to make those arrangements as convenient as we can."
The Premier's office confirmed to The Border Mail that in the example of an Albury resident flying back from overseas into Melbourne airport, they would be placed in a geographically convenient place close to the border.
They still would not be allowed to visit family and friends in the region.
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"We will try to accommodate returned travellers close to their homes, but in some instances that may not be possible. Each person will also receive self-isolation care packages of food and other essentials," Mr Andrews said in a statement.
"The costs of accommodation, public health and security will be covered by each individual jurisdiction, and there will be reciprocal arrangements in place to house the residents of other states and territories."
Entire hotels and hotel floors, of large and small chains, will be used for the operation.
The Quest Albury last week already allocated an entire floor for people who were self-quarantining to book at a reduced rate, stating "precautionary COVID-19 self-isolation is becoming a real consideration within the current landscape of our community".
As of Friday, there were no guests in these room for isolation.
NSW Premier on the weekend that she supported the isolation measures and would be open to giving local councils more power to force people gathering in groups into social distancing if they chose to not listen to the warnings.