Information and resources aimed to help you during the crisis.
Current as of 10.00am, Friday 25 June 2021
As we have seen, COVID-19 outbreaks result in governments declaring Local Government Areas and States as hotspots very quickly. NatRoad continues to try to provide the most accurate and timely information, however, we ask members to appreciate that governments often make rapid border decisions; however, they are slow to release information about the details and often do not appreciate the time required to implement them.
The information below is specific to the heavy vehicle industry and is sourced from information provided by the relevant state or territory governments. Please follow the links provided for more detail on the specific requirements.
Please note: Drivers should continue to follow relevant health protocols while undertaking road freight transport services:
- practice social distancing where possible
- keep a list of close contacts
- carry and use correct PPE
- follow your COVID-19 safe plan.
New South Wales Changes
From 4.00pm Wednesday 23 June 2021, restrictions apply to Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Shellharbour, and the City of Wollongong Local Government Areas.
A number of the primary restrictions likely to impact freight operators are as follows:
- Restrictions on travelling outside Greater Sydney if you have lived or worked in impacted local government areas. There is an exemption to this requirement if you are travelling for the purpose of work which includes transporting freight.
- Return to the one person per 4 square metre rule.
- Requirements to wear fitted face coverings in indoor areas of non-residential premises including workplaces. This includes vehicles if you are travelling with others who are not members of your household.
The NSW situation and advice may change quickly and frequently. Please monitor the NatRoad website for the most up to date information.
From 11:59pm Thursday 24 June 2021, there are no restrictions on travel within Victoria.
The work from home requirement is removed and 75 per cent of people can return to the workplace, or up to 30 people if the total workplace is 40 or fewer.
Masks remain mandatory indoors (except in the home) and are recommended outdoors when you cannot keep a 1.5-metre distance from others.
From 1.00am Thursday 24 June 2021, the Local Government Areas (LGAs) within the regions of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour in New South Wales are declared COVID-19 hotspots.
From 1.00am Friday 25 June 2021, there will be no declared hotspots in Victoria.
Travel Declaration: From 1.00am Saturday 19 June 2021, all travellers, including essential freight workers, entering Queensland from any State or Territory are required to complete a Queensland Travel Declaration up to 3 days prior to arrival in Queensland.
The Travel Declaration response will be designated as green, amber or red according to risk level. When you receive your Travel Declaration return via email, please read all instructions carefully and carry it with you at all times.
Border permit: Essential freight workers must apply for a Freight and Logistics Pass (F Pass) up to 3 days prior to arrival in Queensland if you have been to an Australian State or Territory with a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days.
Please note: If an essential freight worker has attended an Interstate Exposure Venue they will be required to go into mandatory quarantine if arriving in QLD. Essential freight workers are not exempt.
COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 testing is not mandatory but is recommended. There are currently no heavy vehicle drive-in testing locations in Queensland. Freight drivers can be tested at Queensland Health testing clinics. Select the filter “Transport and logistics worker testing” to find a location where you can be tested free of charge.
COVID-19 hotspots: List of current COVID-19 hotspots.
- From 1.00am Thursday 24 June 2021, the Local Government Areas (LGAs) applies to Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Shellharbour and the City of Wollongong Local Government Areas in New South Wales are declared COVID-19 hotspots.
- From 1.00am Friday 25 June 2021, there are no COVID-19 hotspots in Victoria.
Border permit: A border pass is required to enter Victoria from any other state. Freight drivers must complete a Specified Worker Permit under the category “Specified Worker (Low Workplace Interaction) Permit” (i.e. you should select the option “I am a specified worker with low workplace interaction”).
Travel permit system is a traffic light system which designates areas as green, orange or red zones.
Travel permit zones: From 1.00am Friday 25 June 2021, the Local Government Areas that make up Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Shellharbour and the City of Wollongong Local Government Areas in New South Wales are declared red zones. List of current zones.
Border permit: Freight drivers who have been in a “place of concern” (refer below) in the previous 14 days, must complete a NSW Entry Declaration Form within the 24-hour period prior to entering, or on entry.
Please note: If an essential freight worker has been to a close contact venue, they must contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553 to determine if they are permitted to enter/return to NSW. Please carefully check the close contact venues prior to submitting an Entry Declaration Form.
COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 testing is not mandatory but is highly recommended. Freight friendly COVID-19 testing sites continue to be in operation 24 hours a day 7 days a week at:
- Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway – map
- Narrabarba rest area, Princes Highway – map
- Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway – map
- Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway – map
- Tarcutta truck change-over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway – map
Border permit: No permit required as persons entering the ACT by road for transport or freight purposes (including furniture removalists) are exempt.
COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 testing is not mandatory but is recommended.
COVID-19 areas of concern: There are currently COVID-19 areas of concern in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. List of current COVID-19 areas of concern.
Border permit: A border pass is required to enter Western Australia. You must complete a G2G PASS.
COVID-19 testing: Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result not more than 5 days old or submit to COVID-19 testing in Western Australia.
Hotspots: List of declared hotspots.
- A COVID Safety Plan is essential.
Border permit: A border pass is required to enter Tasmania from any other state. You should apply for a pass at least 3 days prior to arrival via the G2G PASS system.
COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 testing is not mandatory, but health screening may be conducted on arrival.
- A COVID-19 Safety Plan is mandatory.
Border permit: A border pass is required to enter the Northern Territory from any other state. You must complete a Border Entry Form.
COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 testing is not mandatory, unless arriving from a restricted area or hotspot.
Hotspots: List of COVID-19 hotspots
- Freight workers entering the NT must complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.
Border permit: A border pass is required to enter South Australia from any other State. You must complete a Cross Border Travel Application at least 72 hours prior to arrival.
COVID-19 testing: Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators travelling from a “Prohibited or Restricted Zone” are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result not more than 7 days old or submit to COVID-19 testing in South Australia.
- From 12:01am Friday 25 June 2021, the State of New South Wales and Greater Melbourne in Victoria are declared restricted zones.