South Australians returning from the Paralympics might avoid the double-quarantine hell that greeted some of their Olympic counterparts.
Olympians who returned to SA via Sydney quarantine had to endure another two weeks of isolation at home because of the NSW outbreak.
But the Australian team will not stay at the Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin with its fresh air access, like many Olympians, because it lacks enough wheelchair facilities.
Team chef de mission Kate McLoughlin said they had negotiated with state governments to streamline their return as much as possible.
"We got on the front foot with that and we've been negotiating with WA, SA, the Northern Territory and Queensland, to understand what the potential could be," she told AAP.
"We've prioritised all WA and SA athletes in particular onto the Melbourne charter flight.
"As things stand, they can go straight from Melbourne into their home states with no problem.
"We're really grateful for the changes, which just increase the chance those athletes won't have to face double quarantine ... that's a win."
McLoughlin noted the team members were the "safest bet", given they are fully vaccinated, they've been tested daily and will return on Qantas flights with vaccinated crews.
She added they had managed to compensate for not being able to use Howard Springs.
"It would have been ideal, but unfortunately there just aren't enough wheelchair rooms," she said.
"It was ruled out early on, so we've been negotiating quite hard with the NSW and Victorian governments.
"We now have confirmed allocation, above the cap, for every single member of our team in either Melbourne or Sydney."
Australian Associated Press
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