COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources aimed to help you during the crisis.

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Current as of 10.30am on Wednesday, 19 January 2022

UPDATE: National Cabinet has agreed to remove the testing requirements for all states and territories except Western Australia including removing the rolling 7-day testing requirement for freight workers. However, this decision has not yet been implemented in all jurisdictions, current testing requirements for each jurisdiction should continue to be followed until a further update is provided.

NatRoad continues to try to provide the most accurate and timely information published by governments; however we ask members to appreciate that governments often make rapid border decisions; but 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; and
  • follow your COVID-19 safe plan.

Heavy vehicle driver COVID-19 testing locations

To support industry in maintaining mandatory testing the NHVR COVID-19 Support Map provides details of dedicated heavy vehicle driver testing sites across states and territories.

UPDATE:

From 1:00am AEST Saturday 15 January 2022, all domestic border restrictions for people entering Queensland from a hotspot have ended. The Border Restrictions Directions (No.60) and all associated directions, including the Operational Protocol for Freight Movements entering Queensland, have now been revoked.

You can now travel to Queensland from anywhere in Australia.

This means that:

  • There is no longer the requirement to apply for a border pass;
  • You do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Queensland; and
  • There are no quarantine requirements as part of crossing the border.

For further information visit COVID-19 Hotspots and Border Zones.

Extension of Declared Public Health Emergency- COVID-19

On 2 December 2021 the declared public health emergency was extended to 11:59pm on Saturday 26 March 2022. This means any public health directions that were active and that would otherwise have expired on 26 December 2021 are automatically extended until 11:59pm on Saturday 26 March 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Dedicated heavy vehicle COVID-19 vaccination facilities

For full details and opening hours of testing and vaccination centres click here, or visit Freight and Logistics Operators Testing Locations for further details.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

If you get COVID-19 you will need to isolate. In most cases you will be able to isolate at home. However, if you are travelling and do not have a home in Queensland, you may need to isolate somewhere like a hotel. If you need assistance to find a suitable place to isolate call 134 268.

Isolation

If you are a diagnosed case of COVID-19, you can end your isolation when any of the following takes place:

  • 7 days have passed since you took the COVID-19 test that returned a positive result and:
    • you have not had COVID-19 symptoms for the last 48 hours (or the only remaining symptom is a very mild dry cough which is persistent but not getting worse)
    • you have not received a further direction to isolate under the Public Health Act 2005
  • 10 days have passed since you took the COVID-19 test that returned a positive result and:
    • on day 7 of isolation you had fever and acute respiratory symptoms
    • you have not received a further direction to isolate under the Public Health Act 2005
  • your positive result is found to be caused by a long-standing infection, and you are no longer infectious
  • a medical practitioner working within a COVID-19 healthcare framework approved by Queensland Health determines you meet the requirements for release from isolation, and authorises your release
  • a registered nurse or a medical practitioner from a treating Hospital and Health Service certifies that you meet release from isolation criteria.

For further information see Home Isolation if you have COVID-19

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000.

COVID-19 legislation

Delta outbreak restrictions are no longer in force and have been replaced by Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order (No.2) 2021, which commenced on 12 January 2022.

As of 24 December 2021, restrictions in NSW were reinstated and the following now apply:

  • Wear a mask when indoors;
  • From 27 December 2021, QR check ins were reinstated and are required at hospitality and retail venues and new density limits will apply.

Border permit:

Freight drivers entering NSW are no longer required to register their travel; however businesses must ensure they have a Covid-Safe Plan.

COVID-19 testing:

Mandatory COVID-19 testing is no longer required for any worker in NSW unless they are symptomatic. If a worker tests positive the business is required to notify SafeWork NSW and other workers and may need to close down the business for deep cleaning. Further information is available at NSW Covid-19 Business Responsibilities.

Vaccination

Proof of vaccination is only required for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people and cruises with more than 100 passengers.

Businesses can still require proof of vaccination at their own discretion.

Further information about proof of vaccination can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/vaccination/proof.

UPDATE: Decommissioning NSW Freight Testing Sites

Further Update: Due to the continued demand for testing requirements Transport for NSW have advised the six TfNSW testing sites will continue to remain open for asymptomatic testing for the remainder of January 2022.

Update to operating hours:

Assisted testing by pathology staff at the Narrandera COVID-19 testing site will be available 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.

NatRoad will communicate exact dates of closures once they are confirmed.

Moree Testing site has closed permanently.

NSW Health community testing sites will continue to be available and can be found on the NSW Government Website.

Testing and Self-Isolation Requirements

Most people no longer need a PCR test and can take a RAT test to confirm they have COVID-19. The Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 4) 2021, requires persons diagnosed with COVID-19 and close contacts of person diagnosed with COVID-19 to self-isolate and specifies requirements for self-isolation including duration and location. Further information can be found at Self-Isolation Rules for cases and people exposed to COVID-19

From 9 January 2022, some critical workers may leave self-isolation if they have do not have any symptoms.

Critical workers in the food logistics and manufacturing sectors furloughed as close contacts will be permitted to leave self-isolation to attend work if they have no symptoms of COVID-19, to ensure the state has continued access to essential goods.

Workers will only be eligible to leave self-isolation if their employer determines that their absence from the workplace poses a high risk of disruption to the delivery of critical services or activities, and they are unable to work from home.

These workers must wear a mask and comply with risk-management strategies put in place by their employer, including daily Rapid Antigen Tests.

Any worker who tests positive or who develops symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate. The new rules take effect immediately and apply to critical workers in the following sectors:

  • agriculture (biosecurity and food safety personnel undertaking critical duties)
  • manufacturing (production and manufacturing of food, beverages, groceries, cleaning and sanitary products)
  • transport, postal and warehousing (food logistics, delivery and grocery fulfilment)

The exemption from the isolation rules for close contacts also applies to emergency services workers who are necessary for the delivery of critical services and who cannot work from home.

For further information see Critical Worker Self-Isolation exemption guidance.

More detail on public heath orders and restrictions can be found here.

For further information please see Service NSW Covid-19 Rules.

Registering a positive RAT test

From 12 January 2022, you must register a positive RAT test result:

  • When you receive your result;
  • Every time you get a positive result.

For further information see Register a Positive RAT Test.

Self-Isolation

If you have tested to COVID-19 you must self-isolate at your home or accommodation for 7 days. The self-isolation period starts from the day you were tested or exposed to someone with COVID-19. For further information see NSW Health Self-Isolation Guidelines.

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

UPDATE:

The ACT Government has reintroduced the mandatory use of face masks in indoor settings (other than a place of residence) from 11.59pm Tuesday 21 December 2021.

There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT, except for people who are close contacts. Freight and transport workers are no longer required to complete an ACT Freight and Logistics Travel Declaration Form.

For further information please see Travel Advice.

Freight and transport workers are defined as:

  1. Persons covered under the Freight Movement Code;
    a. Heavy vehicle drivers (heavy vehicles over 4.5 GVM);
    b. Logistics and support workers essential to the supply chain (i.e., workers carrying out repairs or repositioning empty trailers and prime movers to carry freight, and rail track workers)
  2. Other freight and delivery drivers (vehicles under 4.5 GVM) and support workers who enter or exit the ACT for the purpose of transporting goods in the course of a commercial freight movement.
    a. Commercial freight movement refers to those undertaking deliveries on behalf of an employer in the course of their essential work;
    b. This includes small scale delivery drivers and courier drivers who are transporting essential goods, such as those delivering fruit and vegetables to local ACT food markets, or those fulfilling online order deliveries on behalf of a registered business (such as courier companies).

Testing Positive to COVID-19 & Isolation Requirements

If you test positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test, you will be contact by ACT Health via phone or text.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with a RAT test, you are required to register with ACT Health using the online form.

In the ACT everyone who tests positive to COVID-19 must isolate for at least 7 days (where the day of your test is day 1).

People who have received a positive PCR test, or have registered a positive RAT test with ACT Health, will receive a clearance from isolation certificate from ACT Health.

For further information see People who test Positive to COVID-19.

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

UPDATE: As of 12am 23 December all people aged 8 and over are required to wear masks when indoors, except private homes.

Border Permits No Longer Required

From 6pm 25 November 2021, domestic visitors to Victoria will no longer need to get a permit to enter the state, regardless of their vaccination status.

Visitors will not be required to quarantine or hold a permit to enter Victoria from another Australia state or Territory to visit, work, transit, or if you are a cross-border resident.

Visitors must follow all directions in place whilst in Victoria and attend a testing clinic straight away if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop. Further Victorian testing sites for further information.

From 11:59pm 12 January 2022 the new Statewide Settings apply.

List of all COVID Directions

Workers required to be vaccinated

All freight and logistics workers are required to have shown evidence of their full vaccination, or medical exemption, to their employer from Friday 26 November 2021 in order to continue working outside their ordinary place of residence. All interstate workers will be required to be vaccinated and carry their vaccination certificate.

For further information please see Workers Vaccination Requirements.

UPDATE: From 11:59pm Wednesday 12 January 2022, food distribution workers, including manufacturing, warehousing and transport (freight/port) workers involved in food distribution, who are already required to be fully vaccinated with two doses, will be required to get their third dose before being permitted to work onsite.

Workers eligible for their third dose on or before Wednesday 12 January 2022, will have until Saturday 12 January 2022, to get their third dose. Workers not yet eligible for a third dose will be required to get it within three months and two weeks of the deadline to receive their second mandatory dose. The mandatory vaccination requirements will not apply to workers who have a valid medical exemption.

Exemption from isolation requirements

Workers in the manufacturing, distribution or packaging of food and beverages, including retail supermarket workers, may be exempted from close contact isolation requirements in order to attend work from 11:59pm Wednesday 12 January 2022, if it is necessary for continuity of operations and other options have been exhausted.

Exempted workers must be asymptomatic, undertake daily RATs for 5 days and return a negative result prior to attending work. They cannot enter shared break areas, and employers are asked to facilitate solo break time. In addition, dace coverings must be worn, using N95/P2 respirators if possible. Both the worker and workplace must consent to the worker’s return.

For further information please see Keeping Victorian Workers in Key Sectors Safe.

Employer Obligations/Vaccination Information

An employer must inform each worker, who is, or may be scheduled to work outside their home that the employer is obligated to collect, record, and hold vaccination information about all workers.

If a worker has not received their full vaccination by 26 November 2021 they are not permitted to work outside their home. If a worker is not fully vaccinated by this date an employer must consider the worker as unvaccinated.

‘Unvaccinated worker’ is defined to exclude workers who are excepted persons. An ‘excepted person’ is someone who has certification from a medical practitioner that they can’t be vaccinated because of a medical contraindication or an acute medical illness. Both ‘medical contraindication’ and ‘medical practitioner’ have defined and narrow meanings.

From 11.59pm Wednesday 12 January 2022, the Victorian Government updated the current orders on the industry which imposes obligations on employers to not permit workers to work outside of their homes if they are not fully vaccinated or exempt. The current Order is Pandemic COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (General Workers) Order (No.2), and will be in place until 12 April 2022.

Testing Sites

With changes to freight worker testing requirements, as of 5 November 2021, the Department of Health has closed all freight-friendly testing sites aside from Nhill Trailer Exchange on the Western Highway.

Testing Positive to COVID-19

If you test positive to COVID-19 with a RAT test you are required to register your result online or by calling 1800 675 398. You do not need to report your rest results if you tested positive from a PCR test.

You must isolate at home or in private accommodation for 7 days. If you are living with others, isolate from them as much as possible. You also may be eligible for food and financial assistance during this period.

For further information about isolation and close contacts see Checklist for COVID cases.

More information on Victoria.

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

List of current CHO Directions

See Current Restrictions, Rules and Exposure Sites

Mask Requirements

From 6pm 31 December 2021, everyone who is in the Northern Territory is now required to wear a face mask when inside any premises, vehicle or vessel and cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5 meters from other people.

Lockout Alice Springs, Amoonguna, Yuendumu and Yuelamu

A lockout is in place for Alice Springs from 3pm Sunday 16 January 2022, until 3pm Sunday 23 January 2022.

The lockout for Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Amoonguna has been extended until Sunday 23 January 2022.

Lockdown for Galiwin’ku and Yirrkala

The Wessel Islands Archipelago, encompassing Elcho Island including Gailiwin’ku and Wessel Island including Martjanba, entered a lockdown at 2pm 17 January 2022, which is set to end at 2pm 24 January 2022.

The lockdown for Yirrkala commenced at 2pm Monday 17 January for 72 hours, and is set to end at 2pm 20 January 2022. Masks must be worn outside of the home. Essential workers who are fully vaccinated can continue to go to work.

Entering the NT – Entry Requirements

As at 12:01am 20 December 2021, all freight workers entering the Northern Territory must comply with the following:

  1. Are fully vaccinated or are exempt;
  2. Must not enter the NT unless the freight worker has a certificate valid at the time of entry certifying the freight worker has a freight risk mitigation management plan.

All freight workers must comply with CHO Directions. For further details please see COVID-19 Directions (No.132) 2021 which came into force at 12.01 am on 20 December 2021.

Freight workers crossing state/territory borders are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result in a rolling 7-day period, commencing the day the freight worker enters the NT, or as soon as practicable after entry, or 7 days after the day the freight worker was last tested, if the freight worker was last tested during the period 6 days prior to entry.

From 29 October 2021 a person entering the NT must disclose whether or not the person has been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine of a type approved by the Chief Health Officer.

  • Freight risk mitigation plan: Must complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.
  • If approved, the worker will be issued a Certificate of Agreement that will be valid for the period of time specified on the certificate
  • Workers must work under their Mitigation Management Plan while in the NT. It is an offence not to comply with the plan submitted
  • Freight workers must show their Certificate of Agreement and complete a Border Entry Form every time they enter the NT

By completing a Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan freight workers agree to comply with all conditions in the plan:

  • Practice physical distancing;
  • Quarantine and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if they have been to a hotspot in the last 14 days;
  • Undertake an immediate COVID-19 test and self-isolate if they show symptoms – fever (sweats), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or tiredness (fatigue);
  • Provide evidence of their last COVID-19 test result or agree to a test within 48 hours of arriving in the NT if they have been in a declared hotspot in the last 14 days;
  • Maintain a log of movements and close contacts for the 28 day period immediately prior to entering NT in a written or electronic form; and
  • Carry 2 weeks supply of PPE including gloves, face masks and protective eye wear.

Additional information:

  • There is an expiry date on the Certificate of Agreement. A freight worker does not need to submit a plan each time they come to the NT, but once the certificate expires, they will need to submit another plan and receive a new certificate
  • Random compliance checks will be undertaken to ensure workers have a log of movements, evidence of testing and are carrying PPE
  • If workers have been in a declared hotspot 14 days prior to entering the NT they must quarantine in suitable accommodation when not working. The quarantine period commences at time of arrival in the NT and finishes 14 days after the worker was last in a hotspot

COVID-19 testing:  Freight workers must submit to testing every 7 days while in the Territory. COVID-19 testing can be booked online or by calling the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 490 484.

For assisted testing (transport and freight operators only), call 0448 582 731, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to make a booking.

If you test positive to a RAT test, you need to immediately declare your result using the Rapid Antigen Test declaration form. This process will trigger an email which will outline the next steps.

Requirements for NT Businesses

From 24 December 2021, certain workers are now required to be fully vaccinated to continue working in the same role.

Workers who are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine (which could include road transport workers) are:

  • Workers who come into direct contact with people who are at risk of severe illness from COVID, including Aboriginal people and people who cannot be vaccinated due to age or a medical condition;
  • Workers who are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 because they work in a high-risk   setting where there is a known risk of COVID-19 transmission or outbreak; and
  • Workers who perform work in essential infrastructure, food or essential good security or supply, or logistics in the Territory.

Relevant employees who are not vaccinated by 13 November 2021 will not be permitted to attend their workplace, and will face a $5,000 fine if they do not comply with the Chief Health Officer Direction.

The Direction allows employers to request proof of vaccination, and requires them to keep a register of staff showing their vaccination status. It also acknowledges that a booster will be required for workers in 2022 and that the Direction will be amended to mandate the booster when it becomes available.

For details and requirements to keep relevant registers see: CHO Directions No. 55 of 2021 – Directions for mandatory vaccination of workers to attend the workplace

Directions about mandating vaccinations for freight workers entering the NT

CHO Directions No. 132 of 2021 – Directions for Freight Workers PDF have now been made and apply to exclude unvaccinated freight workers.

Freight workers are also excluded unless they have an approved risk mitigation plan in place. These were mentioned above.

Freight workers must produce on entry, evidence of vaccination, a certificate that the risk mitigation plan has been approved and a completed declaration outlining a number of detailed matters in an approved form. From discussions with NT government officials on 22 October 2021 the form referred to is the border entry pass.

There will also be a COVID screening procedure undertaken at the time of border entry.

More information on the Northern Territory.

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

From 1 January 2022, travellers entering South Australia will no longer be required to complete an EntryCheck SA application.

Further information can be found in the Emergency Management (Arrivals Associated No 14) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. This Direction came into effect at 3:12pm 14 January 2022.

The key changes made by the Direction are as follows:

  • Removing all requirements (testing or quarantine) for interstate travellers arriving in South Australia
  • All Essential Travellers requirements removed. No requirement to make an application through EntryCheckSA prior to arrival into South Australia.

Unvaccinated Travellers

The latest directions state unvaccinated travellers can enter the state without restrictions. All travellers must use the COVID Safe Check system.

For further information check Interstate travel | SA.GOV.AU: COVID-19

Special provision relating to COVID-19 Cases

A person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must not enter South Australia until the period for which they would have been required to isolate in South Australia has elapsed (10 days).

Testing Positive to COVID-19

If you test positive to COVID-19 with a RAT test you must:

  • Report your result within 24 hours using the online form;
  • Isolate for 10 days from the day you had a positive result (the first day the test is taken is day 0; and
  • Notify you close contacts that you have tested positive.

If symptoms persist at day 10 contact the COVID Response Care Team on 1800 272 872.

For further information see Testing, Isolating and Quarantine Requirements.

List of COVID-19 related legislation

Updates to public activity directions

More information for South Australia

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

The Department of Health has advised that RAT tests will be available at no cost to anyone who is symptomatic or has been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 confirmed case. Eligible people who require a RAT test kit need to register their details via the online request form.

Anyone who is symptomatic or a close contact of a COVID-19 case should first test themselves with a RAT, if one is available, or otherwise seek a PCR test if unable to obtain a RAT.  See Testing for COVID-19 for PCR clinic locations.

If you test positive on a RAT, you must register your positive test result here. Registration will ensure you can access assistance from Public Health Services and the COVID@home team during your illness.

From 21 December 2021, new directions have been issued which require mask to be worn while in an indoor space. For further details please see Mask Wearing Requirements.

From 15 December 2021, businesses are required to comply with the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework minimum standards by either:

  • completing a new COVID-19 Safety Plan or
  • reviewing and updating their existing COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The Tasmanian Premier announced on 26 November 2021, that employers must also undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and Public Health Directions.

Resources to assist revise or prepare a safety plan, and undertake a risk assessment are available at https://worksafe.tas.gov.au/topics/Health-and-Safety/safety-alerts/coronavirus/covid-safe-workplaces-framework, including a risk assessment tool, fact sheets, Safety Plan templates, Safety Plan review guides, and video content.

In addition to this risk assessment, all employers and businesses are encouraged to consider implementing a Case and Outbreak Management Plan.

A Case and Outbreak Management Plan captures your business’s roles and responsibilities in preparing for and responding to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your workplace or setting. When a case or outbreak of COVID-19 is identified, Public Health works closely and quickly with the business to stop the virus from spreading. Information including templates, fact sheets and checklists https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/business-and-employees/covid-19-case-and-outbreak-management/case-and-outbreak-management-plans

The Tasmanian Coronavirus website is also consistently updated with resources and information www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

Border Entry- Freight and Logistics (unvaccinated or from high-risk areas)

From 15 December 2021, Tasmania’s border entry conditions changed. If you are a freight and logistics worker who is unvaccinated or from a high-risk area, you will be exempt from quarantine with conditions. However, you will need to comply with the following conditions:

  • Provide evidence of a negative covid test result taken within 7 days prior to your arrival into Tasmania;
  • Upload evidence of this result through the Tas e-Travel system before entering Tasmania, or present the evidence to Biosecurity Tasmania on arrival in Tasmania.

After arrival freight workers will be required to have a test every seven days until:

  • They have had at least two covid tests; and
  • 14 days have passed since they arrive in Tasmania.

If a freight and logistics worker arrives in Tasmania without evidence of a negative covid test in the 7 days prior to arrival, then they must:

  • Have a covid test within 24 hours of arrival into Tasmania;
  • Continue to have a covid test every 7 days until:
    • They have had at least 2 covid tests; and
    • 14 days have passed since their arrival into Tasmania.

Once tested within 24 hours of arrival, quarantine is not required unless the traveller beings to experience symptoms.

If multiple trips to and from Tasmania will be completed within the 30-day period, an estimation of the number of entries within the 30-day period must be provided (e.g. Weekly trips between Devonport and Melbourne in the carriage of general freight to and from Tasmania). This will assist in understanding the frequency of the travel and inform slightly different processes to support this movement.

Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers are unvaccinated essential workers or visitors that may need to enter the state for exceptional circumstances.

Essential Traveller status may allow:

  • entry into Tasmania where it would otherwise have been considered too high-risk
  • an exemption from quarantine for work or compassionate reasons, such as to attend a funeral or in order to undertake essential work.

To obtain approval to enter the State as an Essential Traveller, evidence must be uploaded into the Tas e‑travel system as part of the traveller’s travel application. This includes:

  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to travel to Tasmania; and
  • how the work or situation meets the scope of the Essential Traveller category.

If you are approved as an Essential Traveller, you will be exempt from quarantine with conditions. You must comply with these conditions until you receive the negative result from your COVID-19 test result from you day five test. If you do not have your day 5 test you must continue to comply with the following for 14 days:

  • Restrict your movements – you must remain in your place of residence, or accommodation unless attending for work purposes, or obtaining food, fuel and medical supplies;
  • Wear a face mask – this includes when at work or undertaking official duties;
  • Have COVID-19 tests as follows:
    • 72 hours prior to travel to Tasmania;
    • Day 1 and Day 5 from a high risk area;
    • Day 5 from a low risk area.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.

For further information please visit Conditions for Essential Travellers.

If you have an exemption from quarantine, the conditions that apply to you will be provided in your Tas e-Travel system.

Border permitA border pass is required to enter Tasmania from any other state. You should apply for a pass at least 3 days, but no more than 14 days, prior to arrival via the Tas e-Travel System.

A COVID-19 Safety Plan is mandatory.

Testing Positive to Covid on a RAT Test

From 12pm Friday 14 January 2022, if you have tested positive to Covid-19 using a RAT test you must register your result using the online declaration form.

Temporary Exemption from close contact for critical workers

A contingency framework is in place to enable workplaces, identified as essential for the supply of critical goods and services to the community, to register for essential staff to be exempt from the quarantine requirement for close contacts if they are identified as a critical worker. The identified sectors include:

  • Freight and logistics in relation to essential goods (for example food, beverages, groceries, sanitary products, medication and other medical products);
  • Major manufacturing, distribution and critical supply chains in relation to essential goods (for example food and fuel).

Eligible businesses must have and must implement COVID-19 Safety Plans that consider and have solutions for staff shortages as a result of quarantine requirements. For further information see Temporary Exemption from close contact for critical workers.

Self-Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19 you must isolate at home or in private accommodation for a minimum of 7 days following the day you had a positive RAT or PCR test. The day you had your test is day 0. If you are living with others, isolate away from them. If you have no symptoms on day 7, you can leave isolation.

Public Health will send you an email on day 7 of your isolation. This email will contain an official letter of release from isolation and can be used as proof of release or as a medical certificate.

If you are still suffering symptoms (temperature, sore throat, fever, headaches, body aches) after 7 days, you should isolate for a further 3 days for a total of 10 days in isolation.

For further information see Isolation and COVID Support.

More information for Tasmania

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

Border permitA border pass is required to enter Western Australia. You must complete a G2G PASS.

Entering WA – Transport, freight and logistic workers:

Travelling through high or extreme risk jurisdiction

  • If entering at Eucla or Kununurra, you must:
    • Have a PCR test in the 72 hours prior to entry.
    • Undertake a RAT test in the vicinity of the border crossing – this requirement also applies if you are entering within 100kms of Eucla or Kununurra. Department of Health will provide drivers with a RAT test at the border.
  • If not entering at Eucla or Kununurra you must have a PCR test and a negative test result for that test in the 72 hours prior to entry
  • Present for testing every 7 days, until you have been in WA for 14 days.

Travelling through a medium risk jurisdiction:

  • You must have a PCR test in the 5 days prior to entry into WA, or present for testing within 24 hours of entering
  • You must undertake RAT test near Eucla or Kununurra if entering at or within 100kms of those border crossing. Department of Health will provide drivers with a RAT test at the border.
  • Present for testing every 7 days, until you have been in WA for 14 days

Travelling through very low risk and low risk jurisdictions

  • You must have a PCR test in the 5 days prior to entry into WA or present for testing within 24 hours of entering
  • Present every 7 days, until you have been in WA for 14 days.

You will not need to comply with the 24-hour or 7 day testing requirement if you:

  • leave WA before you would otherwise be required to present for testing or;
  • are directed to a quarantine centre or hospital or;
  • are required to quarantine or isolate.

While in WA, transport, freight and logistics drivers, except those from a very low risk jurisdiction, must comply with the following:

  • must wear a mask when in public or in the same room with other people.
  • must stay in a suitable overnight accommodation, if resting outside of the vehicle. A suitable overnight accommodation means having your own room, and where you are not required to share bathrooms or other facilities;
  • must not allow anyone access to your vehicle, unless travelling with another transport, freight or logistics worker;
  • must keep a record of people you have had direct contact with (name, contact number, and the date, time and location of your direct contact).

A transport, freight and logistics driver, except from a very low risk jurisdiction, must not enter businesses or public indoor spaces unless:

  • it is part of the driver’s duties as a transport, freight and logistics driver;
  • to get food, beverage, fuel or other necessities, which can’t be delivered to the driver and;
  • to access goods or services for health or medical purposes.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements

Under the Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions (No.9) from 6.04pm 31 December 2021, transport, freight and logistics drivers who have travelled from a low, medium, high or extreme risk area must be double dose vaccinated to enter Western Australia and will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status.

Hotspots:  List of declared hotspots.  This link also indicates risk status for drivers.

A COVID Safety Plan is essential.

Other Requirements for Locally Based workers

A mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA will be introduced in a phased approach. The policy’s phased approach is to apply mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for industries in WA, as well as a requirement for all critical workers to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions.

Learn more about showing proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mandatory vaccination dates for entry to and work in WA are:

  • 1st dose by 31 December 2021; and
  • 2nd dose by 31 January 2022.

From 31 January 2022, proof of vaccination requirements will expand to apply to all venues and events statewide.

Mask Mandate

From 6pm 16 January 2022, masks are mandatory for Perth and Peel in all indoor public venues.

From 6pm Monday 17 January 2022, a mask mandate has been introduced for the South West. The mask mandate will also apply to anyone who has been in the South West since Wednesday 12 January, and has since travelled to another region.

See Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for further details of vaccination requirements, including information about the ServiceWA App.

More information is available at Transport, Freight and Logistics Drivers.

Latest updates for Western Australia.

NatRoad COVID Updates are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Accordingly, the contents of this website page do not constitute legal advice, is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

Our advisors are available for members to clarify any questions you have and provide advice for your business. Contact Richard at richard.calver@natroad.com.au, or Melanie at melanie.tait@natroad.com.au alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

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