Sydneysiders must apply to travel to Central Coast from Saturday


A new permit system will be introduced by the NSW Government, requiring people to receive approval before travelling from Sydney to the Central Coast for particular reasons.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the permit system would limit people from travelling between a Sydney-based primary residence and a Central Coast-based holiday home.

“There have been too many Sydneysiders exploiting this loophole and potentially putting our region’s health and safety at risk,”

Adam Crouch MP

“We are in the most critical phase of fighting COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Now is not the time for Sydneysiders to treat our community as a holiday destination.

“I have brought these significant concerns to Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s attention and thank her for ensuring our region remains as best-protected as possible.

“The permits will take effect on Saturday, 21 August and anyone who does not comply with the system or lies to authorities will cop a $5,000 on-the-spot fine.”

Online permit system

Permits will be accessible through Service NSW and will be required for:

–       Owners of second homes. Travelling from Sydney to a second home will only be allowed if the home is being used for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs. If so, only one person may travel.

–       Inspecting real estate. Travelling from Sydney to inspect a property will only be allowed if a person genuinely needs a home to live in. Inspecting a prospective investment property will not be allowed.

–       Authorised workers. Authorised workers from the Sydney LGAs of concern will now require a permit to travel to the Central Coast.

“The Police presence on arterial roads and backroads will be enhanced with the creation of random vehicle checkpoints, manned by 1,400 additional officers deployed to enforce the permit system as part of Operation Stay At Home,” Mr Crouch said.

“Any non-compliance will not be tolerated because it only takes one person doing the wrong thing for COVID-19 to rapidly spread.”

52 Comments on "Sydneysiders must apply to travel to Central Coast from Saturday"

  1. Glenn Dowling | August 17, 2021 at 10:21 am |

    About time the people who live in Sydney were stopped coming to the central coast because they are in lockdown in can’t go to work and think it as an unscheduled holiday

  2. Terry Kesby | August 17, 2021 at 10:27 am |

    It’s you’re loophole. You have allowed it to operate for the last 7weeks. Congratulations. Another level of incompetence.

  3. Wow public concern and pressure from Central Coast residents has finally forced Adam Crouch to represent his constituents for a change instead of being The Premiers lap dog

  4. Ian Cunningham | August 17, 2021 at 10:52 am |

    What if you are an essential worker & live on the Central Coast and work in an area of concern, do you need a permit?

  5. Wayne Pogmore | August 17, 2021 at 11:24 am |

    What if you live on the central coast and are providing a essential service in sydney do you need a permit

  6. Michael Riviere2 | August 17, 2021 at 11:38 am |

    Why wait until Saturday?

  7. John Greenwood | August 17, 2021 at 1:35 pm |

    Adam Crouch’s statements cited in this article are different to the NSW Health website’s Covid restrictions information. Who are we supposed to believe?

  8. kevin mcmahon | August 17, 2021 at 2:01 pm |

    My Mother lives at Lake Munmorah she is eighty years old and lives on her own. Am i permitted to visit her or is that asking to much.Stop taking our lives away from us. The Government knew how bad this virus was before it even got here.They have failed to keep Australia safe.

    • Totally agree nothing is said about how it got here airlines or quarantine issues…not a word believe they are restarting intl flights too Oct 21 per flight website’s. Not just a Sydney issue it’ll get in anywhere its airborne. Hope u have a permit for all states.

    • See if u can be Ur mums bubble person. From what I’ve heard u can apply for this online starting this Saturday.
      Good luck

  9. What about compassionate reasons (i.e. visiting a partner you don’t like with)?

    • Hi I am in the same situation did you find out if we need a permit or is there no change for compassionate reasons

      • Just got off the phone with service nsw you don’t need a permit for a partner visiting. Although not sure if that applies for the LGAs of concern, but for greater sydney and regional it isn’t needed.

    • Did you get an answer to that I have been trying to find out too

    • Same question, do I need to get a permit?

      • We put this to Mr Crouch yesterday in an interview. No you don’t need a permit to travel to Sydney, only a valid reason and of course not be sick or symptomatic or been at a exposure site.

  10. I’ve been saying to a few people for weeks,that all north bound traffic should be diverted on to the old Pac highway.
    Police checks should be conducted at Cowan where the old tollgates use to be. Anyone who lives in Sydney heading north should be stopped by the police and turned around.

    • I agree. For those with a genuine reason to travel a small inconvenience of a check-point doesn’t hurt. They should also fine anyone who they catch without a genuine reason for travel

  11. Would be great if you could provide a link to the permit as its not showing anywhere that I’ve searched so far, including Service NSW

  12. I have post natal depression and rely on my son’s grandparents from sydney to come help and support me. Can they still come up? What about me? How am I meant to survive?

  13. For the purposes of the covid restrictions, the Central Coast is part of Greater Sydney and does not need a permit. A permit is required if you’re leaving Greater Sydney to enter a regional area.

  14. Why is it I have the feeling that no one gives a damn about the old people living alone. I am 91 and struggle with simple things like taking the bins out.after paying my rent,I have $65 per week to live on. I know kids getting payments from the govt because they previously worked 20hours per week, many of them live with their parents free!

    • Christy Summerhill | August 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm |

      I’m so sorry that you are going through this. I wish I were your neighbour and I would be so glad to take your bins up and back down. You’ve earned the right to not have to struggle in life. Have you accessed the myGov site to see if you are eligible for any additional income? I’m thinking of you and hope it gets easier for you ❤️.

  15. What are the rules regarding parenting when one lives at Roseville and we’re on the coast. We’re dealing with 2 children on the spectrum, home schooling & no help

  16. Borders should be closed for all international flights that’s the cause of this eruption of cases in Australia the government has caused this CLOSE AUSTRALIA

  17. Should of locked down when the first case was detected and stopped anyone leaving Sydney, would of been all over now 🙄

  18. Wow. What a bunch of whiners you are turning out to be. Crouch suggested you dob in your neighbors last week. Real impressive. Now permits.

  19. I’m on my own in the Central Coast and my son comes and visits me sometimes as my one visitor. Is he going to be required to have a permit?

  20. Vern Padagas | August 18, 2021 at 7:50 am |

    What if a family in different cars come up from Sydney to the same property how are police going to handle this?? But we( Central Coast) can’t do the opposite.
    Shame on you Groucho and the Government .

  21. Elizabeth Powell | August 18, 2021 at 7:56 am |

    Can’t find online permit form on service nsw website. Can anyone tell me where to look. Need to travel for compassionate reasons.

    • I am in the same boat as you! We called the hotline and apparently they are still putting the permit rules together, really hoping compassionate reasons qualify for a permit :/

  22. This is just marketing spin. Its no different to the rules already in place from NSW police on Monday

  23. I have a vulnerable elderly mother who requires assistance. We are in process of having her assessed for support to allow her access to support workers. In meantime she needs family assistance, to shop, clean etc, however under these new restrictions, she’s on her own. And in addition my mother and I are both fully vaccinated. Can I visit and support her as a vulnerable person? The rules are not clear.

  24. Michael Gilbert | August 18, 2021 at 9:50 am |

    About time Crouch did something …it takes time for him to react….I bet if I had a camera and worked in a
    Media position …he would be there before you could say …coastie ….Adam stop playing politics and do the right thing by the people that live on the coast….look after their interests …that is what you get paid for

  25. Been waiting for since covid started, stay safe people

  26. Steven Carter | August 18, 2021 at 12:30 pm |

    Government needs to make mask wearing mandatory as soon as you leave your home and STOP EXERCISING!! Exercise in your home or backyard until things get under control.

  27. Steven Carter | August 18, 2021 at 12:35 pm |

    Government needs to make mask wearing mandatory as soon as you leave your home and if you cannot wear a mask get a face shield. Stop making excuses!
    “STOP EXERCISING!! Exercise in your home or backyard until things get under control.
    “STAY AT HOME”!!!!!!

  28. Doesn’t this article say that permits will be required for only 3 reasons? Presumably anything outside of that has to abide by the other existing rules eg not more than 5kms from home, compassionate reasons excluded, moving house excluded. Or, has this article been written poorly? It’s communication issues like this that make it so hard to know what you can and can’t do.

  29. Dog whistling politics

  30. Although I don’t mind such a permit system, this appears to be fake news. There is no mention of a permit by any government department or website. Crouch should stop scaremongering and allow the government to do their job

  31. Everyone is blaming the government but it is the people who do not stay at home who spread it. About time people took responsibility for the spread. Motorcycle riding is a recreational activity not exercise. So stay at home. If you want to be vaccinated it is your choice but if you or your family contract it and die you have no one else to blame.

  32. Gladys should of moved faster as soon as the delta strain was detected. She had enough information on the delta strain from other countries so no excuse. As the for the protesters you have killed people and that’s all you have achieved.

  33. All very well for advising us, but where is the link ???

  34. See if u can be Ur mums bubble person. From what I’ve heard u can apply for this online starting this Saturday.
    Good luck

  35. Does anyone know if it affects compassionate reasons I live in Sydney but my son lives on the coast

  36. So if we work in Sydney do we need a permit?
    Bit late telling us if we have to go tomorrow morning and cant get a permit till after midnight!

  37. Stephen Cook | August 21, 2021 at 7:25 am |

    Do tradies going from central coast to northern beaches for work ,require a travel permit from today 20/8/21

  38. Dissapointed rate payer | August 25, 2021 at 7:39 pm |

    Dont forget that people with holiday houses are rate payers too and sometimes employs locals. We are supposed to be represented by the same people who are now against us. Agree that certain rules are to be followed from the beginning, not everyone is breaking the rules dont let the minority ruin it for everybody. Why dont you instead asks for a vaccine certificate? A valid address, a 24hrs negative covid tests ? These are most important solutions rather than a harsh fine. Not all can be controlled or managed by fines.

  39. I wish Gladys was as strong a leader as Dan Andrews learnt about a lockdown was important sooner not later.
    Gladys please keep it simple & not so complicated & confusing ? Always talk about getting tested seeing long cars waiting for hours & No info about what to do if not have a car ?

  40. Doesn’t help with Airbnb are still advertised in their properties people are coming up from Sydney to the central coast from Sydney to Cessnock Airbnb you need to take your wed sight down

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