With some states and territories still in lockdown, there are tight restrictions on open for inspections across Australia.

Here’s what’s permitted across Australia, based on the latest advice.

New South Wales

Home inspections
Open homes are banned during the lockdown. Private inspections are allowed (by appointment) but limited to one real estate agent and one buyer at a time. Face masks must be worn.

From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 21 August, anyone from Greater Sydney must obtain a permit to inspect real estate in regional NSW. They can only inspect real estate in regional NSW if it’s a home to live in – not an investment property.

If you’re a Sydney resident, you must also obtain a permit to travel to a second home in regional NSW if it’s for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs. If so, only one person may travel there.

For the rest of NSW: If you live, work or study in regional NSW, you’re subject to the same restrictions on real estate activity as Greater Sydney during the lockdown period, with inspections limited to private appointments only until 12:01 AM on Sunday, 22 August 2021.
Where to go for more information
Visit the NSW Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions.

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Victoria

Home inspections
In Greater Melbourne, in-person inspections are banned during the extended lockdown. You can only inspect a property remotely.

For the rest of Victoria: In-person inspections are allowed by appointment only, with a maximum of 10 people in the property at one time. This is subject to a density quotient of one person per four square metres. The person required to conduct and/or facilitate an inspection and infants under one year of age are not included in the limit on the number of people attending an inspection.

Face masks must be worn unless an exemption applies.

All attendees must check-in using the provided QR code (or alternative record-keeping method, where relevant) via the Victorian Government QR Code Service.
Where to go for more information
Visit the VIC Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions.

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Queensland

Home inspections
In the 11 impacted LGAs in southeast Queensland, open inspections can occur with a one person per four square metre density quotient.

Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors unless there’s a legal reason not to wear one.

Open house inspections are permitted for the rest of Queensland, but with a density quotient of one person per two square metres. Masks are not mandatory but encouraged where social distancing is not possible.

Agents are required to collect and keep contact information about all guests, patrons, and staff when they enter the premises.

Hygiene standards, including social distancing and hand sanitiser, should be maintained during inspections.
Where to go for more information
Visit the QLD Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions.

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Western Australia

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

Masks are not mandatory indoors, but encouraged where physical distancing isn’t 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.

Agents are also expected to ensure their COVID Safety plans are updated and continue to be implemented (social distancing, hand sanitiser and record keeping, etc).
Where to go for more information
Visit the WA Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions

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South Australia

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

Masks must be worn in indoor shared spaces.

Attendees must check in using the provided QR code (or an alternative record keeping method, where relevant).
Where to go for more information
Visit the SA Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions

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Tasmania

Home inspections
In Tasmania, 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 businesses must implement measures to meet the minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan.
Where to go for more information
Visit the TAS Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions

Northern Territory

Home inspections
In Greater Darwin and Katherine: residents in the lockdown areas are being asked to only leave their homes for five reasons – medical treatment; essential goods and services like groceries and medicines; up to one hour of outdoor exercise; work that is considered essential and can’t be done at home; and to provide care to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.

If you leave your home for one of these five reasons, masks must be worn at all times.

In the rest of the NT: In-person home inspections can take place. During activities, participants from different groups must be 1.5 metres apart from another group.

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

All people must check in to all open homes, auctions and inspections using the Territory Check-In App, no matter how long they spend at the venue.
Where to go for more information
Visit the NT Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions

Australian Capital Territory

Home inspections
In-person home inspections not permitted. Online inspections are allowed.

During the seven-day lockdown, Canberrans are being asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons – essential employment, healthcare (including a COVID-19 vaccination), essential groceries and supplies and up to one hour of outdoor exercise.
Where to go for more information
Visit the ACT Government website for information on real estate inspections and auctions

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