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What each state’s restriction status means for real estate

By Mo Zeitouneh

Live auctions and inspections are back underway across the country as vaccination rates surge, however some restrictions remain.

Here’s a state-by-state look at what each government is currently permitting.

Lockdown restrictions are in place across several states. Picture: realestate.com.au

Victoria

From 11:59pm, 18 November 2021 almost all restrictions eased for fully vaccinated Victorians as the state passed the 90% double vaccination rate.

There are no longer any capacity limits on gatherings at homes or in public spaces, and no caps or density limits for cafés and restaurants.

There are no limits on travel or accommodation in Victoria, and masks are only required in limited indoor settings, including retail, health care, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport.

Here’s what it means for real estate activity across Victoria.

Inspections:

Fully vaccinated people can attend home inspections.

If people’s vaccination status isn’t being checked, inspections must take place by private appointment, limited to a single household only at a time.

Auctions:

Fully vaccinated residents can attend auctions.

The Victorian government’s phase D settings state only fully vaccinated adults can attend in person auctions, with unvaccinated adults only permitted to attend remotely.

Open homes and auctions are banned in Melbourne during the lockdown period. Picture: Getty


New South Wales

With over 90% of NSW residents now fully vaccinated, restrictions have eased across the state.

Face masks must still be worn in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports, but are no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff). Masks are no longer required in office buildings (unless unvaccinated).

Fully vaccinated residents can travel for holidays and recreation between Greater Sydney and regional NSW and bookings for hospitality venues are no longer capped .

Here’s what it means for real estate across NSW.

Inspections:

The NSW Government’s updated COVID-19 safety plan states open homes are permitted with no more than one person per two square metres indoors and outdoors.

Face masks must be worn in indoor areas, unless exempt, and people must check in using the Service NSW app.

Real estate agents must have hand sanitiser at key points around the venue.

The updated Public Health Order does not require agents or buyers to be fully vaccinated to attend open homes for places of residence.

Auctions:

In person auctions are permitted under density rules of one person per two square metres indoors and outdoors.

Face masks must be worn in indoor areas, unless exempt, and people must check in using the Service NSW app.

Real estate agents must have hand sanitiser at key points around the venue.

The updated Public Health Order does not require agents or buyers to be fully vaccinated to attend on-site real estate auctions.

Open homes and auctions are restricted in NSW. Picture: Getty


Western Australia

Home inspections and auctions are currently allowed to take place under the following guidelines:

Inspections:

Home inspections can take place. While not mandatory, real estate agents are encouraged to maintain 1.5 metres separation between people who are not from the same household or groups of other patrons.

Masks are not mandatory indoors but encouraged where physical distancing is not possible.

Real estate agents are required to maintain a mandatory contact register for staff and visitors to assist with WA Department of Health contact tracing, should it be required.

Real estate agents are expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented (social distancing, hand sanitiser and record keeping etc).

Auctions:

Live auctions can take place. While not mandatory, real estate agents are encouraged to maintain 1.5 metres separation between people who are not from the same household or groups of other patrons.

Masks are not mandatory indoors but encouraged where physical distancing is not possible.

Real estate agents are required to maintain a mandatory contact register for staff and visitors to assist with WA Department of Health contact tracing, should it be required.

Real estate agents are expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented (social distancing, hand sanitiser and record keeping etc).

WA remains in a state of emergency. Picture: realestate.com.au


Northern Territory

Parts of the NT have gone into a lockdown after several positive COVID-19 cases were recorded.

From 6pm, Monday 15 November 2021, Greater Katherine and Robinson River including surrounding homelands entered into a full lockdown. A hard lockdown has also been issued for Binjari and Rockhole. Residents in locked down areas are only permitted to leave their home for authorised reasons.

Home inspections and in-person auctions are allowed to take place under the following guidelines:

Inspections:

Locked down areas: residents only allowed to leave their home for authorised reasons. Home inspections are not listed as an essential service.

The rest of the NT: In-person inspections are permitted.

All people must check in using the Territory Check-In App, no matter how long they spend at the venue.

Real estate agents must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place and provide hand sanitiser. People are encouraged to follow physical distancing rules and keep 1.5 metres from people they don’t live with.

Until 5pm, Friday 12 November, residents in Darwin and Katherine must wear a mask if they not able to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres.

Auctions:

Locked down areas: residents only allowed to leave their home for authorised reasons. Auctions are not listed as an essential service.

The rest of the NT: All people must check in using the Territory Check-In App, no matter how long they spend at the venue.

Real estate agents must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place and provide hand sanitiser. People are encouraged to follow physical distancing rules and keep 1.5 metres from people they don’t live with.

Until 5pm, Friday 12 November, residents in Darwin and Katherine must wear a mask if they not able to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres.


Queensland

Stage three restrictions are in place across all of Queensland with additional mask requirements in place for South East Queensland.

Residents in Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gold Coast and Scenic Rim must carry a face mask at all times when leaving home, unless exempt. Masks must be worn on public transport, when arriving and departing hospitality venues and where physical distancing is not possible.

Home inspections and live auctions are allowed to take place in Queensland under the following guidelines:

Inspections:

Open house inspections are permitted with a density quotient of one person per two square metres indoors.

Hygiene standards (social distancing, hand sanitiser etc) should be maintained during inspections.

Contact information must be collected using the Check In Qld app.

Auctions:

There are no density restrictions for outdoor auctions. Auctions conducted indoors must adhere to the one person per two square metre rule.

Hygiene standards (social distancing, hand sanitiser etc) should be maintained during inspections.

Contact information must be collected using the Check In Qld app.

Home inspections and auctions are allowed to take place across Queensland. Picture: Getty


Australian Capital Territory

Home inspections and live auctions are currently allowed to take place under the following guidelines:

Inspections:

Property inspections are permitted in the ACT. If there are 25 people of fewer across the venue, no density limit applies.

If there are more than 25 people a density limit of one person per four square metres per indoor space, or one person per two square metres per outdoor space applies. Outdoor spaces are capped at 300 people. Density limits exclude real estate agents or staff in the count.

People must check in using the Check In CBR app.

Face masks must be worn indoors by people aged 12 years and over, unless exempt.

Auctions:

Auctions are permitted to take place. If there are 25 people of fewer across the venue, no density limit applies.

If there are more than 25 people a density limit of one person per four square metres per indoor space, or one person per two square metres per outdoor space applies. Outdoor spaces are capped at 300 people. Density limits exclude real estate agents or staff in the count.

People must check in using the Check In CBR app.

Face masks must be worn indoors by people aged 12 years and over, unless exempt.


South Australia

Home inspections and live auctions are currently allowed to take place under the following guidelines:

Inspections:

In-person inspections can take place with a one person per two square metre density quotient.

Masks must be worn where social distancing is not possible.

Attendees must check in using the provided QR code (or an alternative record keeping method, where relevant).

Auctions:

Live auctions can take place with a one person per two square metre density quotient.

Masks must be worn where physical distancing is not possible.

Attendees must check in using the provided QR code (or an alternative record keeping method, where relevant).

Live auctions are restricted in several states after COVID-19 lockdowns. Picture: Getty


Tasmania

A snap lockdown in Southern Tasmania ended at 6pm, Monday 18 October.

Home inspections and live auctions are currently allowed to take place under the following guidelines:

Inspections:

Up to 250 people are allowed to attend an open inspection per undivided indoor space, or up to 1,000 people per undivided outdoor area, including staff and children. The total number of people at a premise cannot exceed one person per two square metres.

All attendee names and contact details must be recorded for contact tracing purposes.

Real estate agents must follow a COVID-19 Safety plan.

Auctions:

Up to 250 people are allowed to attend an auction per undivided indoor space, or up to 1,000 people per undivided outdoor area, including staff and children. The total number of people at a premise cannot exceed one person per two square metres.

All attendee names and contact details must be recorded for contact tracing purposes.

Real estate agents must follow a COVID-19 Safety plan.

source: rea.com.au

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