Something they’re not telling us? Economic update assumes international travel will resume in January – giving hope to holiday-starved Australians
The federal government has based its economic forecasts on the assumption that Australia’s borders re-open in January.
The Treasury assumes that non-citizens will be able to enter the country from the start of next year – but they will still have to do two weeks of quarantine.
The federal government based its economic forecasts on the assumption that Australia’s borders re-open in January
The economic statement says: ‘From 1 January to 30 June 2021, it is assumed that the travel ban is lifted, but that a two-week quarantine period is required of arrivals to Australia. This leads to the resumption of arrivals by temporary and permanent migrants, but at lower levels overall than normal.’
But Mr Frydenberg stressed Treasury’s forecasts about travel restrictions were made in dynamic conditions and that ‘no decisions have been made’.
‘The assumptions are that it very gradually starts to come back, that quarantine is applied, that you start potentially bringing in international students,’ he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
‘Of course the environment with respect to the coronavirus is very fluid. Decisions haven’t been taken about the start date for that.’
Australia banned all non-resident international arrivals on March 21, a key measure in preventing outbreaks of the disease.