Be ready on the border, says NSW police inspector

ALMOST 300,000 vehicles have crossed the Victorian border into New South Wales, since NSW closed its borders to Victorians on July 8.

Barrier Police District southern cluster officer-in-charge Inspector Darren Brand said more than 380 vehicles have been denied entry.

The Barrier Police District, which includes the Balranald and Tooleybuc townships, covers approximately 234,000 square kilometres and borders on Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

With new permits introduced for cross-border residents from Wednesday, Insp Brand has reminded motorists crossing into NSW for those who can't work or learn at home, medical care, supplies or health services, to obtain a permit.

"To avoid frustration and delay, please ensure you are only entering NSW for these purposes," Insp Brand said.

Insp Brand said motorists should ensure all occupants of the vehicle have their permit and drivers licence or identification with them and are ready to produce them at the checkpoint, to reduce delays.

"If you don't have a permit, do not attempt to enter NSW, you will be turned around," Insp Brand said.

The maximum penalty for contravening a Public Health Order is a fine of up to $11,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment, with the standard penalty issued on-the-spot being a $1000 infringement notice.

"I'm confident we will continue to work together as a community to embrace these new rules and do what we can to make the best of what are unusual and difficult circumstances," Insp Brand said.

"Can I ask that the community is patient with police and Australian Defence Force (ADF) members working at the checkpoints.

"Rest assured, we are all working hard to try and ensure our community is protected and the impact of this pandemic is minimised wherever possible."

NSW Police Force said all permits approved under the previous order have expired and anyone eligible to travel into NSW must apply for a new permit on the Service NSW website.

A high-visibility operation remains in place, with police from across NSW working alongside ADF personnel to facilitate safe and lawful crossings along the border.

Operation Border Closure Commander Assistant Commissioner Scott Whyte has urged the community to avoid travelling during the morning and afternoon peaks.