Rapid antigen tests are set to become the norm among shearing teams to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.
Health industry groups are questioning the decision not to provide rapid antigen tests free or at least heavily subsidised to Australians.
From January 1 travellers into Queensland from interstate hotspots can use a negative rapid antigen test to satisfy border pass requirements.
Victorian scientists are hoping to fine-tune Australia's first mRNA vaccine by the first quarter of 2022.
The border easing comes after Queensland hit its 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone last week.