Anyone who fails to obtain a valid exemption from the border closure could face fines of $1000 and possible custodial sentences.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott has warned of “dire consequences” for anyone who attempts to break the restrictions.
“If you want to do the wrong thing, you’ll be caught,” Mr Elliott said.
“I want to make sure everyone knows we’re serious when it comes to issuing these fines,” he said.
“It’s also important for the people of New South Wales to know there are going to be dire consequences for anyone who wants to endanger the health and wellbeing of our citizens.”
People will be able to apply for a permit later this afternoon.
Police have moved to clarify confusion regarding permits for exemptions.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said people living in border towns will be given more exemptions to travel between the two states, however they will still require permits.
He also said the coming days will be challenging and has asked people to be patient and avoid travel for any unnecessary reasons.
“If there is a failure in any of the technology between now and midnight, and you need to cross the border, you will need to be patient,” he said.
“We ask if you don’t have to cross the border, please don’t.
“Because it will be the most challenging phase of the operation, particularly whilst we are working through the exemptions, while we’re working through setting up the infrastructure, while we’re trying to get it right.”
More details on Victoria-NSW border closures revealed
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has provided details on how the Victoria border control will function ahead of the closure at midnight tonight.
Roads have been categorised in three tiers – A, B and C.
There are five tier A roads, all considered primary road crossings. They include crossings in the following locations:
- Newell Highway, Tocumwal
- Sturt Highway, Buronga
- Cobb Highway, Moama
- Wodonga Place, South Albury
- Hume Highway, South Albury
“These are the five primary crossings where there’ll be enormous amounts of resources, not just police, but defence, and transport, and national Parks and Wildlife to ensure that you can cross as easily as possible,” Mr Fuller said.
There are 29 category B roads that will have police resources on them.
“You’ll be able to cross on those roads but there may be greater delays,” Mr Fuller said.
There are 20 Tier C roads that include dirt tracks and tracks that aren’t regularly used as a crossing.
Tier C roads will be patrolled using aerial surveillance.