Qld 'could' open to Vic before Christmas

Marty Silk
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Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland could open to Victoria before Christmas if the state keeps a lid on COVID-19.

The Queensland premier says Victoria is doing well after a week without any virus deaths or new cases and if the progress continues, the border could re-open before December 25.

"It could it if it continues with these really good results," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday.

"But as I said, they're coming after a lockdown; they're not moving around freely like we are in Queensland, they're not at that stage. So one step at a time."

While Ms Palaszczuk was encouraging to Victorians, she had less sympathy for NSW counterpart Glady Berejiklian amid an ongoing war of words over the border.

The NSW premier has announced a $250 million plan offering businesses payroll tax relief, cheaper rent and quicker planning approvals if they create 30 jobs in her state.

But Ms Palaszczuk says she doubts NSW can turn the immigration tide and business will actually be lured to Queensland by her own economic recovery plan.

Queensland had a net gain of 6750 people from interstate including 4012 in the June quarter, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

"And can you blame them? Honestly, can you blame them? And in terms of that migration Queensland is leading the way," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.

"So I expect ... once we get through all of this, I think you're going to see a lot more families packing up from NSW and Victoria and wanting to move to Queensland."

Ms Palaszczuk also defended her "Queenslander" text sent to Ms Berejikilian after NSW Blues lost State of Origin I on Wednesday night.

"If you can have a bit of fun with State of Origin - every NSW and Queensland premier has had bits and talks about the State of Origin and obviously NSW was a little bit upset that the mighty Maroons won," she said.

The NSW premier said she didn't know whether to be "shocked or bemused" by the message, which came in response to Ms Berejiklian congratulating her on her election win and asking to talk about the border closures.

Ms Palaszczuk's office told AAP national cabinet was the appropriate forum for border discussions and Ms Berejiklian's running commentary about the issue had been unhelpful.

The premier maintained decisions about opening the border to greater Sydney and Victoria will be made at the end of November.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski meanwhile said the worst delays crossing the state border were lasting 15 to 25 minutes.

He said police were planning to issue new online border passes, which will make things more efficient, from next week.

"Please prepare, please plan ahead, be patient, make sure you have your border declaration passes prepared and displayed and have your validating material with you when you come to the boarder and that will make things a lot more smooth," Mr Gollschewski said.

Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 with just eight active cases on Friday.

The state has now gone 53 days without a case of unlinked community transmission.