Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has not confirmed that border checkpoints will be removed even if all of Australia is 'green'.
Asked at an announcement of more Sydney LGAs moving to 'orange' under the border entry permit system, Mr Andrews was asked about the scenario and the justification of keeping police on checkpoints even if all areas are deemed low-risk.
Mr Andrews said "we'll update you on that at that time".
"Victoria Police will have a view on that at that time, and even the decision we have announced today will make it much, much easier on Victoria Police," he said.
"But [it's] not easy. Victoria Police have done an amazing job, all through 2020. And this is not quite the start to 2021 that we had planned for them."
Freedom of movement is about to become much easier for non-border residents, with the vast majority of NSW moving from orange to green.
That downgrading of the virus risk means people can simply apply for a permit and cross into Victoria; they do not have to get tested upon entry.
Mr Andrews, in announcing new LGAs moving to orange, said there was still a need for permits.
"I wouldn't want anyone to think that suddenly there isn't a need for a permit, even in a green zone you need a permit," he said.
"And this has served us very well. I know it's inconvenient to have to go on the website, but it's a relatively simple process and what it means is we know who's here, and we know where people have been, and that's really important for rapid contact tracing.
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"If there were to be an outbreak, and ... there will be at some point, it's really important that we've got that data we've got that you've got that information.
"Following further intensive work by a public health team the chief health officer has recommended ... from 6pm tonight, all but one of the greatest in the LGA is the currently read will become orange. That is to say with the exception of Cumberland, those local government areas .... move from red to orange, which means people will be able to travel to and from, but they must test within 72 hours and then they're free and clear once they get a negative test result.
"That leaves just one local government area in NSW that is red. That will be great news for people wanting to come home.
"With the exception of the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, the rest of NSW will be designated green, which then obviously means there's a freedom of movement there.
"All of greater Brisbane will be green also."
It is the 16th day of no community transmission in Victoria, and in line with this, gathering limits in the home will move from 15 to 30.
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