ACCA backs relaxed NSW border rules

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is very happy with news NSW will scrap quarantine rules for arriving travellers from next month.

Chief executive Andrew McKellar said it was the single most significant announcement since restrictions were first imposed in the early stages of the pandemic.

“New South Wales is leading the nation out of the pandemic. This courageous decision is very welcome and sets the standard for other states to follow in the very near future,” he said.

“With the international borders closed for more than 18 months, Australian businesses have suffered from severe labour and skills shortages, as well as the loss of export income from international education, trade and tourism.

“A step change back to normality, this decision will bring a vital boost to business. Australia’s future prosperity is contingent on our international borders being open.

McKellar said the rest of Australia risks being left behind if the states and territories governments continue to keep their borders closed after reaching vaccination thresholds.

“The announcement today is a crucial step towards reopening to the world and getting Australia back to business,” he said.

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