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Australia To Allow Residents To Leave And Lifts Returning Resident Caps For NSW

Fully vaccinated stranded Australians and their families will be the only international arrivals allowed under quarantine-free travel to NSW.

Scott Morrison on Friday threw his support behind the NSW government's shock decision to scrap isolation requirements from November 1.

While Premier Dominic Perrottet raised the prospect of tourists returning to Australia, the prime minister knocked that on the head.

"We are not opening up to everyone coming back to Australia at the moment," Mr Morrison told reporters.

Citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families will be the only people allowed to enter the country under the new arrangements.

The definition of immediate family will be expanded to include parents, rather than just partners and children.

Mr Morrison said international students and tourists would not have to quarantine when they were allowed to enter Australia, but refused to say when that would start.

Fully vaccinated international arrivals will no longer have to isolate after landing in Sydney from November 1 in a radical shift which outpaces national cabinet's agreement.

Under the reopening plan, an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate was supposed to trigger a gradual reopening of international travel with "safe countries" and "proportionate quarantine".

The deal - based on Doherty Institute modelling - signalled reduced requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

But quarantine-free travel was only part of the final "post-vaccination" phase, which seeks to manage coronavirus in the same way as other infectious diseases.

Mr Morrison said the NSW decision was consistent with the plan.

"It will progress steadily but at the same time carefully and I welcome this first step. I think it is a good step," he said.

Mr Perrottet said arrivals would need to test negative before and after boarding, as well as prove vaccination status.

"I've had numerous discussions with the prime minister over the course of this period about dispensing with hotel quarantine - they support this policy," he told reporters in Sydney.

"They will need to implement it from a border perspective and we want tourists back into the state as quickly as possible."

Mr Perrottet said he could not control other states' quarantine requirements but urged overseas travellers to spend time in Sydney if they needed to.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters to take a "chill pill" after being asked about the NSW decision.

"Victoria will go about its business in the national context, understanding it's the Commonwealth who control international borders, not the states," he said.

Queensland will reassess its border restrictions because of the decision.

NSW recorded 399 new local coronavirus infections on Friday, while case numbers in Victoria continue to soar with 2179 registered.

There were six deaths in Victoria and four in NSW.

Australia has fully vaccinated 65.4 per cent of its eligible population aged 16 and over, while more than 83.6 per cent have received their first dose.