Concerns are being raised over Victoria’s quarantine powers, after more than a dozen travellers from New Zealand tried to enter Melbourne.
Seventeen passengers from New Zealand arrived at Melbourne Airport late on Friday after slipping through domestic flight controls in Sydney.
The passengers were among the first to arrive in Australia under a “travel bubble” arrangement between New Zealand and the New South Wales and Northern Territory governments.
Border Force advised that the breach was a matter for the Victorian government, but in a statement issued just before midnight, Victoria’s Department of Health and Human services says its authorised officers do not have legal authority to detain the travellers upon arrival in Melbourne.
It is understood that the travellers returned to Sydney where they were detained by authorities.