To get a permit to leave LGA for work, You’ll need to register your travel within NSW in certain circumstances.
You’ll need to reapply, if:
- Your reasons for travel have changed
- Your travel dates change or need to be amended.
If you currently hold a 14-day permit, your permit will automatically be extended to 30 September. You will not need to reapply to extend your permit, but if your reasons for travel change, you will need a new permit.
You must carry your travel registration and supporting documents with you at all times. You’ll need to provide these to NSW Police if requested.
Note: Greater Sydney does not include Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the purposes of this travel registration.
Permit to Leave LGA for Work Eligibility
You’ll need to register your travel if you:
- Are an authorised worker living in a local government area (LGA) of concern and you need to leave your area for work. This includes travelling to another LGA of concern (also known as a ‘workers permit’).
- Are entering an LGA of concern for work (also known as a ‘workers permit’).
- Live in Greater Sydney and:
- you need to travel more than 50km outside of Greater Sydney for work, and you cannot work from home
- you’re permanently moving to a new residence outside of Greater Sydney
- you’re inspecting a property outside of Greater Sydney because you genuinely need a place to live in (no investment properties)
- you’re moving between residences, including travelling to your second home, for the purposes of:
- work (if so, only the worker may travel), or
- urgent maintenance, repairs, or attend to animal welfare (if so, only one person may travel to the second home).
If you’d like to check your travel locations and see if you need to register, enter the address you’re traveling to and from in the travel registration address check.
What you need to Leave LGA for Work
- A MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your registration
- your name, address, email and contact number
- your reason for travel
- the company name if you’re travelling for work
- your travel details (where you will be staying, working or visiting)
- your travel dates
- your dependants’ name and contact number, if applicable.
Information for workers traveling to multiple addresses: Workers who do not know the addresses they’ll be traveling to can select one of the following options when registering:
- ‘Authorised worker with unknown work addresses’ – if you live in an LGA of concern, or
- ‘Worker with unknown work addresses’ – if you do not live in an LGA of concern.
Keep a copy of your travel registration and supporting documents with you – you’ll need to show them to NSW Police if requested.
How to register to Leave LGA for Work
- Check you meet the eligibility requirements as stated above.
- Select the ‘Register online’ button.
- Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
- Follow the prompts to complete your registration.
- If successful, you’ll receive your travel registration by email.
If you do not have a MyServiceNSW Account or you’re unable to apply online, you can call 13 77 88.
Reasonable Excuses to Leave your Home
- For work, if it is not reasonably practicable for you to work from home
- Going to school, university or college if you can’t study from home.
- Getting medical care (e.g. visiting your GP), including COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, getting medical or health supplies or donating blood.
- Going to childcare, or picking up or dropping off a person at childcare.
- Giving effect to new or existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children or siblings for children who do not live in the same household as a parent or sibling of the child.
- Attending a small funeral or memorial service or wedding service that complies with the specific rules about the service.
- Legal obligations.
- To provide emergency assistance to a person or in an emergency.
- To avoid injury, illness or to escape the risk of harm.
- For compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live in the same household.
- To feed an animal or for animal welfare.
- If you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order, to go to your place of worship or provide pastoral care.
- Supervising or facilitating a business moving to new premises.
- Transporting a member of your household who is authorised to leave because they have a reasonable excuse (for example, taking a child to school).
Rules for when you leave your Home
Leaving home to go to work
In Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas, employers must require an employee to work from home if the employee is reasonably able to do so.
If you cannot work from home, your workplace is allowed to be open, and you go to your workplace, you must wear a face mask (unless an exemption applies).
Most workplaces in NSW are also required to electronically record the details of people who enter them, including their staff. This means you might need to check in when you are at work.
Many workplaces are also required to have COVID-19 Safety Plans which may require you to take other steps to protect yourself, your colleagues, and customers from the risk of being infected with COVID-19.
If you need to enter an area of concern for work, you will need to register for travel with Service NSW. You do not need a permit for the provision of emergency service.
If you live in Greater Sydney and need to travel more than 50 kilometers from Greater Sydney to carry out work, you need to register for travel with Service NSW.
Exercise or outdoor recreation
If you live in Greater Sydney you can leave your home to engage in exercise or outdoor recreation within your local government area or within 5km of your home.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated:
- You must have proof of your vaccination with you at all times.
- You must show a Police Officer your proof of vaccination if its requested.
- Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical contraindication certificate issued to you.
- The 5 person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under.
- You are not prevented from attending more than one such gathering in a day.
If you are not fully vaccinated:
- You can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space with 1 other person that you do not live with, or your nominated visitor (“singles bubble”), for exercise or outdoor recreation.
- If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all exercise and engage in outdoor recreation together.
From Monday 27 September 2021, you will be able to resume swimming at outdoor public pools either within your local government area or within 5km of your home.
Visitors to your home
You must not allow a person to visit your home, except if it is:
- for childcare
- giving effect to new or existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children or siblings for children who do not live in the same household as a parent or sibling of the child
- to assist a person to move places of residence
- to avoid an injury, illness or risk of harm
- because of an emergency
- to view or inspect property to lease or purchase it, but only in compliance with specific rules on property inspections
- a nominated visitor
- for caring or compassionate reasons
- for work, but only in compliance with specific rules about workers at homes.
Nominated visitor (‘singles bubble’)
If you live alone – which means there are no other adults who live in the same home – you can have one nominated visitor.
A nominated visitor is one person you can socialize with at your place of residence who:
- can only be one person (and their dependent children, if there are no alternative care arrangements and the children need supervision)
- can visit you on more than one occasion
- is not a nominated visitor for another person
- lives in or is staying in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas or in an area of concern.
From Monday 20 September 2021, your nominated visitor can live either in a local government area of concern or Greater Sydney. There will no longer be a need to register a nominated visitor with Service NSW.
Caring and compassionate visits
You are allowed to visit home – and have a person visit your home – for caring and compassionate reasons including:
- providing care to vulnerable people
- visiting a person you are in a relationship with but do not live with.
Only one person may visit a place of residence at any one time to:
- provide care or assistance to vulnerable people and/or
- for compassionate reasons.
Two people may visit a place of residence to fulfill carers’ responsibilities but only if:
- it is necessary to provide safe care to a person who is resident at the dwelling
- they remain at the residence for a minimum time to provide safe care to the person.
You may bring a dependent child with you if they need supervision and childcare arrangements are not reasonably available.
When visiting, you may be asked to provide information to NSW Police about your visit. You must comply with all other requirements of the rules.
Travelling by car
You can travel in a car with people you live with. For example, taking a child to school is a reasonable excuse to leave home because you are transporting a member of your household who is authorized to leave because they have a reasonable excuse.
You are only allowed to share a car with a person you do not live with if it is:
- an emergency
- for a compassionate reason
- to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
- a car being used as a taxi or rideshare.
- required to use a vehicle for your work
- travelling with your nominated visitor to exercise outdoors.
Proof of address
You must carry proof of your name and address if you:
- are in a vehicle with another person
- have left your home to obtain goods or services
- are exercising outdoors or have left your home for outdoor recreation
- have a reasonable excuse and are leaving Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas.
If you are required to carry proof of your name and address, you must produce it to a police officer if they ask for it.
You must return home as soon as you can if NSW Police tell you to.
Gatherings limited to 2 people
If you are in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, you must not participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 2 people, unless you are:
- attending an outdoor gathering of up to 5 fully vaccinated people for exercise or outdoor recreation
- working at a premises that is permitted to be open if you cannot work from home
- providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons
- gathering with other people in your household
- providing emergency assistance to a person
- fulfilling a legal obligation
- moving home or moving your business to a new premises
- attending a small funeral or memorial service or a small wedding.
You can take part in exercises that:
- complies with the gathering rules
- is not done at premises required to be closed.
You must carry a face mask with you if you are not at home.
You must wear a face mask in all indoor or outdoor areas, other than a place of residence. This includes when you are on a street, in a park, at the shops, or at work.
There are limited exceptions, such as where you are:
- eating and drinking
- in a vehicle with members of your household or your nominated visitor (‘singles bubble’)
- in an emergency situation.
Weddings and funerals
Number of people
A maximum of 11 people can attend a wedding service in Greater Sydney. The 11 people are:
- a person legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant
- the 2 people getting married
- the 2 necessary witnesses
- a person recording the service or
- up to 5 guests.
You can leave home to attend a wedding if you are one of these 11 people.
Wedding services held outside Greater Sydney
If you live in Greater Sydney, including a local government area of concern, you can only leave home to attend a wedding outside Greater Sydney if you are a parent, child, or sibling of one of the persons getting married.
Greater Sydney includes the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas.
Wedding services held in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong and local government areas of concern
If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney (including an area of concern) to attend a wedding service only if you are:
- one of the people who is legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant
- one of the 2 people getting married
- one of the 2 necessary witnesses
- the person recording the service; or
- a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.
From Monday 20 September 2021, if you live in Greater Sydney, including in an area of concern, you can attend a wedding service in Greater Sydney if you are one of the 11 people attending the wedding service.
No more than 11 people can attend a wedding in Greater Sydney.
Funerals and memorial services
A maximum of 10 people can attend a funeral or memorial service or gathering afterward in Greater Sydney, including in a local government area of concern.
The 10 person maximum also applies to an outdoor funeral, memorial service, or gathering afterward. A funeral cannot occur at a place of residence.
In addition to the 10 people attending the service there can also be:
- a person conducting the service
- other people who are necessary for the preparation and conduct of the service.
Funeral or memorial services held outside Greater Sydney
If you live in Greater Sydney, including in a local government area of concern, you can leave home to attend a funeral or memorial service outside Greater Sydney, only if you are a:
- spouse (including de facto) of the deceased
- parent of the deceased
- child of the deceased
- sibling of the deceased.
Funeral and memorial services held in Greater Sydney
Attending a funeral or memorial service is a reasonable excuse to leave home in Greater Sydney, including local government areas of concern.
From Monday 20 September 2021, if you live in Greater Sydney, including in an area of concern, you can attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney if you are one of the 10 people attending the wedding service.
You cannot attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney if there are more than 10 people at the service.
Places of worship
A place of worship must not be open to members of the public.
Services may be live-streamed from a church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple, or another place of worship that is not open to members of the public.
You can attend the premises if you are directly involved in the service or the operation of the equipment for the Livestream event.
Find out about the rules that apply to singing in a place of public worship during a live-streamed event.
Penalties apply for breaching the Public Health Order or providing false or misleading information. You may be liable for a fine of up to $22,000 or up to 2 years in prison.