The two-week pilot program to test vaccine passports will commence in regional New South Wales in a fortnight’s time ahead of the state’s reopening upon reaching the 70 per cent vaccination target, Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello has announced.

The program, which will begin on October 6, will see regional communities with no active cases of COVID-19 test-run the passports prior to releasing the service to the rest of the state.

Mr Dominello said the system will have the versatility of operating nationwide.

“We’re now in the process of consulting industry in relation of the design of how it should work, and we’re pretty much there,” he said.

“But ultimately, we’re aiming to do a pilot in the regions commencing on October 6 for two weeks and then, hopefully, the subject of the pilot will be strong and, as a result of that, we can open up to the rest of the state.

“This is, in many ways, about future-proofing for the people of NSW because even though we may be ahead of the other states, the other states may require vaccination status to be displayed so, if we get this right, it will enable freedom of movement right across Australia as well I the months ahead.”

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