COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources aimed to help you during the crisis.

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Current as of 10.30am on Friday, 26 November 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; 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
  • 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.

Extension of Declared Public Health Emergency- COVID-19

On 24 September 2021 the declared public health emergency was extended to 11:59pm on Sunday 26 December 2021. This means any public health directions that were active and that would otherwise have expired on 27 September 2021 are automatically extended until 11:59pm on Sunday 26 December 2021.

The current requirements for entry into Queensland are set out in the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 55) (which came into effect from 6:15pm 23 November 2021).

Queensland Protocol for Freight Movements (Including Vaccination Requirements) from October 2021

From 5 October 2021 under the revised Queensland Operational Protocol for Freight Movements, all freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from another state or territory, regardless of whether they are entering from a declared hotspot, will have to meet the following requirements.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

From 1am AEST Friday 15 October 2021 drivers must have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter Queensland on a Freight and Logistics (F Pass).

From 1am AEST on Monday 15 November 2021 drivers must have received, or provide evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter Queensland on an F Pass.

Evidence of vaccination may be your vaccination card, immunisation history or other written evidence provided by your general practitioner. Evidence of a booking may be in the form of an appointment booking confirmation text, email or other written evidence.

Border Passes

From Tuesday 5 October 2021 drivers require a valid F Pass. X Passes are no longer accepted.

Travel for essential work and essential purposes, between Queensland and some Local Government Areas in the New South Wales border zone is allowed.

Read more about the Border Zone.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

From Tuesday 5 October 2021 drivers will have to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days before entering Queensland and must maintain a rolling 7-day testing regime. Only PCR tests will be accepted. Drivers must undertake daily COVID-19 symptom screening and present for testing as soon as they develop symptoms.

The 72 hour negative test and rolling 3 day requirements have been removed.

Leaving Vehicles for Essential Purposes Only

Drivers are only able to leave their vehicles for essential purposes such as refuelling, eating, or using restroom facilities.

Freight and logistics workers must strictly comply with all requirements of the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 55), the QLD Freight Protocol and all relevant Public Health Directions, once in Queensland.

Dedicated heavy vehicle COVID-19 vaccination facilities

For full details and opening hours of testing and vaccination centres click here (last updated 25 November 2021)

or visit www.qml.com.au.

COVID-19 hotspots:  List of current COVID-19 hotspots.

The following are currently declared COVID-19 hotspots:

  • Australian Capital Territory

From 1.00am Saturday 14 August 2021, the Australian Capital Territory is a declared COVID-19 hotspot.

  • New South Wales

From 1.00am Saturday 14 August 2021, all New South Wales is a declared hotspot.

  • Commonwealth Territories

From 1.00am Saturday 22 August 2021, the Jervis Bay Territory is a declared hotspot.

  • Victoria

From 1.00am Saturday 17 July 2021, all Victoria is a declared COVID-19 hotspot.

  • Norther Territory

From 6pm Tuesday 16 November 2021, greater Katherine and Robinson River (including surrounding homelands) are declared a COVID-19 hotspot.

Dedicated freight lane

From 5am AEST Tuesday 26 October 2021, freight and logistics operators will be directed to use a dedicated freight lane when accessing the Gold Coast border checkpoint. Freight and logistics operators will exit the M1 onto the Gold Coast Highway and remain in the left lane. All other vehicles will merge into the right lane. The speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h to allow all vehicles to safely change lanes and get into correct positions.

More information for Queensland

COVID-19 legislation

Delta outbreak restrictions are no longer in force and have been replaced by Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021, last updated on 10 November 2021.

All of NSW is considered the ‘general area’, other than an area that is a stay at home area. On the making of the Order there are no stay at home areas, although this may change with subsequent amendments.

  • There are no longer provisions governing Authorised Workers, meaning the mandatory vaccination, testing and permit requirements that previously regulated these workers no longer applies.
  • A number of premises are closed to unvaccinated adults, including:
    • Higher risk premises (entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities, hospitality venues, places of public worship and premises at which a significant event is being held);
    • Hairdressers, salons and other like premises;
    • Indoor recreation facilities;
    • Public swimming pools;
    • Information and education facilities;
    • Amusement centres;
    • Business premises that are play centres; and
    • Retail premises other than critical retail premises (highway service centres and service stations are excluded from the definition of retail premises).
  • Employers must allow fully vaccinated employees to work at their place of residence if it is reasonably practicable to do so. They must also require employees who are not fully vaccinated to work from their place of residence unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so.
  • Occupiers of premises are required to collect the contact details of persons who enter their premises. These details must be registered with Service NSW, through use of QR Codes, if it is possible to do so.

Other requirements relevant to the freight industry include:

  • where work is being performed at a residential premises (for example, furniture removal) a person is considered an ‘authorised person’ and not a ‘visitor’ and therefore there are no caps on the number of authorised persons allowed at a residential premises, or vaccination requirements.
  • a new mask exemption is included which means that a person is not required to wear a mask if the person is fully vaccinated and in an office building but not if that building is:
    • a retail premises;
    • a hospitality venue; or
    • a recreation facility.
  • From 1 November 2021 the restrictions on entering and leaving Greater Sydney are removed.

All of New South Wales is now classified as the “general area”, so the terminology and restrictions of “stay at home area” and “area of concern” are now redundant.

More detail on the general area restrictions can be found here. Proof of vaccination is set out here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/vaccination/proof.

Border permit:

Freight drivers entering NSW from 1 November do not need to complete a NSW entry declaration. But see below if you are entering NSW from a place of concern.

COVID-19 testing:

Mandatory COVID-19 testing is no longer required for any worker in NSW unless they are symptomatic.

Freight friendly, asymptomatic testing services are available at:

Armidale Airport Business Park, Cameron Road (Off New England Highway)

Open 8am-3pm Weekdays, 8am-12pm Weekends

Ballina BP Travel Centre, 41 Bruxner Highway (off the Pacific Highway)

24 Hours a day, 7 days a week

Branxton heavy vehicle rest area (northwest bound), Hunter Expressway

24 Hours a day, 7 days a week

Dubbo, Blackbutt rest Area, northbound, Newell Highway

6am – 9pm, 7 days a week (with telehealth after hours)

Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway

Assisted testing on weekdays, and telehealth in place at night and weekends.

Marulan BP Service Centre (southbound), Hume Highway

24 Hours a day, 7 days a week

Moree, 3 Blueberry Road, Off Newell Highway, behind Puma Petrol Station

9am – 3pm, 7 days a week

Narrabarba rest area, off Princes Highway

9am – 6pm, with telehealth available after hours

Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Raglan BP Service Centre, 39 Sydney Road (Great Western Highway)

24 Hours a day, 7 days a week

Tarcutta truck change-over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Yass Ampol Service Centre, 1715 Yass Valley Way, (off the Hume Highway)

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

COVID-19 places of concern:  List of current COVID-19 Places of Concern Notice – currently Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Order (No 4) 2021 was updated from 25 November 2021. The COVID-19 concerns notice identifies affected areas, areas of concern, places of high concern casual contacts, and places of high concern close contacts.

If you are entering or plan to enter NSW from interstate, rules and restrictions will apply if you have been in a place listed in a COVID-19 concerns notice.

More information for New South Wales

From 11 November 2021 new arrangements are in place for the ACT.

Freight and transport workers are exempt from any travel restrictions imposed by the ACT Public Health (COVID-19 Affected Areas) Emergency Direction 2021 subject to adherence to the National Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol (the Freight Movement Code).

Freight and transport workers are defined as:

  1. Persons covered under the Freight Movement Code;
    1. Heavy vehicle drivers (heavy vehicles over 4.5 GVM);
    2. 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)
  1. 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
    1. Commercial freight movement refers to those undertaking deliveries on behalf of an employer in the course of their essential work;
    2. 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).

Freight and transport workers are required to complete an ACT Freight and Logistics Travel Declaration Form. The form is required to be completed every four weeks. If entry is required again after this time, a new Declaration Form must be completed. Further information can be found here. An automated reply will be supplied.

Freight and transport workers should carry the supplied documentation and have it available to show if asked to do so by a police officer or other authorised person.

As part of the completing the form, freight and transport workers will declare that they:

  • have received a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 7 days and carry evidence of this.
  • have not visited or attended a casual or close contact exposure location in any state or territory of Australia at the date and time listed on the ACT’s Areas of Concern Notice (the current Public Health (COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice 2021) is updated twice daily, where required and a summary of restrictions in place can be found here: Entering the ACT
  • have not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath in the last 14 days; and
  • willing to comply with any conditions imposed by a jurisdiction in relation to quarantine and self isolation requirements if impacted in the month following submission of a declaration form.

All persons entering the ACT by road for freight or logistics purposes must comply with the following minimum requirements:

  • A COVID-19 Safety Plan for the business or activity;
  • Minimise all interactions en route (e.g. not attend public venues except for essential visits, such as resupply and refuelling);
  • Check in at all venues and document all interactions by registering applicable QR codes or filling supplementary work diary record sheets where no electronic means of tracking is available;
  • Undertake daily symptom screening;
  • Access education and training to recognise COVID-19 symptoms and follow relevant protocols if symptoms occur;
  • Access daily risk communication related to declared Commonwealth hotspots, jurisdictional lockdowns and required control measures;
  • For all interactions, wear masks, minimise time taken for loading and unloading and all interactions (industry to review touch points to reduce risk);
  • For all interactions, comply with prevailing health orders of the jurisdiction you are in.

The following minimum testing requirements apply to all persons entering the ACT by road for freight or logistics purposes:

  • A negative COVID-19 test result in a rolling 7-day period; and
  • Carry evidence of the last test result (within the previous 7 days) to be able to provide this evidence to compliance officers.

For furniture removalists see: Furniture removalists travelling into the ACT

For more details see: Freight and transport workers

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.

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 today 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 the Victoria Government Information page.

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.

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No. 8) (PDF) came into effect at 6pm 18 November 2021 and end on 15 December 2021.

Testing Sites

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

Should freight workers require a COVID-19 test, they will need to go to one of the public testing sites across Victoria. Testing sites can be located on the Coronavirus website

More information on Victoria

List of current CHO Directions

Parts of the Northern Territory are in an extended lockdown as follows:

  • Effective from 15 November 2021, Greater Katherine and Robinson River including surrounding homelands entered into a full lockdown;
    • The lockdown for Katherine will remain in place until Saturday 4 December 2021;
    • Robinson River, including surrounding homelands transitioned to a lockout, this will remain in place until Wednesday 1 December 2021;
  • Binjari and Rockhole are currently in a hard lockdown.
  • A mask mandate is in place for the Roper Gulf and Victoria-Daly LGAs and will remain in place until 6pm Saturday 4 December 2021.

There are testing requirements for anyone who has left Katherine since 7 November 2021 or left Robinson River since 11 November 2021, and are currently NOT in a lockdown area. This information can be viewed at close location alerts and public exposure sites page.

Lockdown details for Binjari and Rockhole

Lockout details for Robinson River and surrounding homelands

Lockdown details for Katherine

Mask Mandate Roper Gulf and Victoria-Daly LGAs

Lockdown Greater Katherine and Robinson River area map

Essential workers leaving lockdown areas may do so to perform their work only if they are fully vaccinated or have received their first dose. A letter from your employer is required to prove you are an essential worker.  You must also have photo identification with your current address. Masks must be worn outside of your usual place of residence.

Entering the NT

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.

Northern Territory testing facilities

Hotspots: List of COVID-19 hotspots

Read travel advice for each place you have travelled which includes advice on current hotspots or public exposure sites:

Requirements for NT Businesses

From 13 October 2021 a Chief Health Officer Direction makes it mandatory for certain workers to have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 12 November 2021 to continue working in the same role. Those workers must be fully vaccinated by 24 December 2021.

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. 56 of 2021 – Directions for Freight Workers PDF have now been made and apply to exclude unvaccinated freight workers.  That exclusion doesn’t apply if a freight worker received the first vaccination between 1 November 2021 and 12 December 2021.  After 12 December 2021 the freight worker must have received their second dose.

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

From 23 November 2021, South Australia has opened its borders to vaccinated travellers. All existing Essential Traveller Approvals will be honoured until they expire. At which time travellers will be required to make an application to enter South Australia using  EntryCheck SA application.

From 12:01am on 23 November 2021, freight and logistics workers must comply with the Emergency Managements (Arrivals – Associated Directions)(COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Border entry

To enter South Australia, freight and Logistics workers are required to:

  1. Produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 7 days of their arrival to South Australia; or
  2. Submit to a rapid antigen test within 12 hours of arrival, as directed; and
  3. Are not required to quarantine while continuing to undertake their duties as a freight and logistics worker, however they will not be able to enter high risk settings or COVID-19 Management plan events for 14 days.

Pre-arrival testing will not apply to a person arriving in South Australia who:

  1. Is vaccinated;
  2. Ordinarily resides in South Australia; and
  3. Was present in South Australia 72 hours or less prior to their arrival.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated essential travellers (including freight and logistics workers) will be prohibited from entry to South Australia, however may apply to SA Heath for an exemption.

Designated freight and logistics workers from a very low risk area (Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia) can enter South Australia if they are not vaccinated, but have received, or will receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before 8 December 2021 and can provide evidence of a booking to receive a second does

EntryCheck SA

In order to complete your EntryCheck SA application you will need the following:

  1. Log in using your mySA Gov account;
  2. If you do not have a mySA GOV account, you will need to provide and verify an email address and mobile phone number to set up an account;
  3. Provide personal details such as birth date and Medicare card details;
  4. Upload evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate; and
  5. Provide details of the address where you have spent or will spend, most of your time while outside South Australia.

Your EntryCheck SA application will be assessed through the app on your level of risk and you will be advised of any entry requirements.

The levels of risk for interstate local government areas can be accessed at SA Health website.

Monitoring of the South Australia Heath site is advised for any further information or changes Essential travellers | SA.GOV.AU: COVID-19

COVID-19 testing:

Sites have been set up on major freight routes to assist with access to testing. Information on site location and opening hours is available at the below links.

More information on COVID-19 testing options is available on the SA Health website.

Commercial transport and freight services do not need to self-quarantine while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

Assessment of Risk Levels

As the Australian Capital Territory does not have a separate LGA, the ACT is a currently classified as Level 2 – Low risk.

Latest updates

List of COVID-19 related legislation

Updates to public activity directions

More information for South Australia

Lock down Lifted.

Southern Tasmania is no longer in lock down.

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 G2G PASS system.

High Risk/Low Risk Areas

  • All of NSW and Victoria are declared a high-risk level 1;
  • All the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is declared high-risk Level 2.
  • Northern Territory remains low risk.

From this time anyone who has been in any areas of NSW or the ACT, and not in the LGA of Bourke or high-risk (level 1) premises , in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania will not be able to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller. If approved, quarantine is required and must be undertaken in government-managed quarantine facility at their own cost.

If you are approved as an Essential Traveller, you may be:

  • required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Tasmania; or
  • partially exempted from quarantine with conditions; or
  • fully exempted from quarantine with conditions.

COVID-19 testing:  

From Friday 24 September 2021, transport, freight and logistics workers arriving in Tasmania from anywhere in Australia, including low risk areas, must have a test every 7 days until:

  • they have had at least two tests; and
  • 14 days have passed since the person arrived in Tasmania.

If the worker arrives in Tasmania without evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to travel, they must:

  • have a test within 24 hours of arrivals; and
  • then continue to have a test every 7 days until they have had at least 2 tests, and 14 days have passed since they arrived in Tasmania.

If the worker has arrived from a medium or high-risk area, they must comply with the conditions of their arrival as an essential traveller, including:

  • restricting their movements for 14 days while in Tasmania, including remaining at their place of residence unless attending work, shopping for food/supplies, or to seek medical care;
  • wear a face mask whenever they are outside their home, unless they are travelling in a vehicle by themselves;
  • complying with the testing regime outlined above;
  • monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • staying COVID-safe, including frequent handwashing, and maintaining a 1.5m distance from others where practicable.

A COVID-19 Safety Plan is mandatory.

More information for Tasmania

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

COVID-19 testingFrom 12pm on Wednesday 8 September 2021:

  • Travelling from a high or extreme risk jurisdiction

Transport, freight and logistics drivers who have been in a high or extreme risk jurisdiction in the last 14 days must show proof of having had a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours to enter WA.

Transport, freight and logistics drivers from high or extreme risk jurisdictions who have undertaken a PCR test but who have not received their test result yet must also undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at the WA border before entering WA at Eucla or Kununurra.

  • Travelling from other jurisdictions

Transport, freight and logistics drivers who have been in a very low, low, or medium risk jurisdiction and who have not undertaken a PCR test in the last 5 days before entering WA must present for testing at a COVID Clinic within 24 hours of entering Western Australia.

A transport, freight and logistics driver who remains in WA must also present for testing within 7 days of their previous PCR test until 14 days have elapsed since their entry into WA.

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.7) from 12.24pm 11 November 2021, transport, freight and logistics medium risk drivers or a low risk drivers must not enter Western Australia:

  1. After 12:0 l am on 24 November 2021, unless the person has had administered to them at least one dose of an approved COVlD-19 vaccine; and
  2. After 12:0 I am on 24 December 2021, unless the person has had administered to them a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, unless the person is vaccine ineligible or vaccine exempt and produces evidence of this to the satisfaction of a relevant officer on request.

An extreme risk driver or a high risk driver must not enter Western Australia:

  1. Unless the person has had administered to them at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine; and
  2. After 12:01 am on 24 November 2021, unless the person has had administered to them a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, unless the person is vaccine ineligible or vaccine exempt and produces evidence of this to the satisfaction of a relevant officer on request.

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
  • 2nd dose by 31 January 2022

However, transport, freight and logistic workers who have travelled through a high or extreme high-risk jurisdiction need to have had their first does of COVID-19 vaccination to enter WA, and be fully vaccinated by 12:01am 24 December 2021.

See Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations summary PDF (108.73KB) for details of mandatory vaccinations requirements proposed.

More information for Western Australia

Latest updates for Western Australia

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