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 Friday, 12 August 2022 (AEDT)

Given the relaxation of most of the State and Territory border restrictions and the minimal changes that now occur daily regarding border requirements, the NatRoad COVID-19 bulletin is updated every fortnight.

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;
  • carry and use correct PPE; and
  • follow your COVID-19 safe plan.

NatRoad assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this bulletin. This bulletin is not legal advice.

NatRoad assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this bulletin. This bulletin is not legal advice.

No border pass is required.

You can now travel to Queensland from anywhere in Australia.

For further information visit Entering Queensland from another state or territory (interstate travel)

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

For full details and opening hours of testing and vaccination centres, click here

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 for 7 days. If you need assistance to find a suitable place to isolate call 134 268.  You will need to report your positive test.  For more information:

First five steps if you have COVID-19 (Opens in new window).

Close Contacts

A close contact is defined as a person who lives with a person who has tested positive to COVID or has been with a person who has COVID-19 for more than four hours in a house or other accommodation, care facility or similar.

There will be no quarantine requirements for close contacts if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you remain symptom free, you can leave your home for any reason.

While you are a close contact you must:

  • wear a face mask at all times when outside the home
  • not visit vulnerable settings, such as hospitals, aged care and disability facilities, unless in exceptional or compassionate circumstances (for example, end of life visits).

As a close contact if you develop symptoms, stay at home until you no longer have symptoms. Test for COVID-19 as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. If your test is negative but symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical advice.

Guidelines for close contacts in Queensland

Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction (No. 3)

More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions, including questions and answers can be found on the Queensland Health website.

Ending Isolation

If you have COVID-19, most people can end isolation 7 full days after taking the test that gave you the positive COVID-19 result. You must not have a fever, sore throat, runny nose, or a cough that is bad or getting worse, on day 7 of your isolation.  If you do have a fever, sore throat, runny nose, or a cough that is bad or getting worse, on day 7 of your isolation, you will need to remain in isolation until those symptoms have gone away. You do not need another COVID-19 test to end your isolation period.

If you are being treated by a QLD Hospital and Health Service, you will be able to end your isolation when a nurse or medical practitioner from the service advises you so.

For further information see Home Isolation if you have COVID-19  and Ending isolation.

Changes to mandatory vaccination requirements for certain workers:

From 1am AEST Thursday 30 June 2022, COVID-19 vaccination are no longer be required for workers in these high-risk settings:

  • early childhood, primary and secondary education
  • prisons, youth detention centres and watch houses
  • airports

Decisions on mandatory vaccinations will instead be made by the owner or operator of these settings.

However, any worker in healthcare who enters works in or performs services in a healthcare setting must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Workers at residential aged care facilities must have received their booster COVID-19 vaccination if eligible for it and continue to receive booster doses as recommended.

See Vaccination requirements for high risk workplaces | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au) for further information.

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. Please email our Advice Line [email protected]  or call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

No border pass is required.

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

Having a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place will help minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on your premises.  Businesses should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Where to test for COVID-19?

All freight friendly testing sites have permanently closed.

NSW Health community testing sites will continue to be available and can be found on the NSW Government Website. Mandatory COVID-19 testing is no longer required for any worker in NSW unless they are symptomatic.

Testing Positive

Businesses are no longer required to notify SafeWork NSW if a worker tests positive for COVID-19. Businesses are only expected to notify SafeWork NSW if a worker is hospitalised and/or dies because of contracting COVID-19 at work. For further information visit Guidance for businesses with a worker who tests positive to COVID-19.  Note that these guidelines were updated from 1 July 2022.

Close Contacts

Close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case will not be required to isolate as long as they do not have any symptoms and comply with the   NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelines. Note that these guidelines were updated on 11 August 2022.

These Guidelines apply to household contacts (someone who lives with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19) and close contacts (someone who has been formally notified by NSW Health that they are a close contact). If you are not a household or close contact, but have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please refer to the Information for people exposed to COVID-19 factsheet.

A household contact is at a high risk of developing COVID-19 for at least 14 days since the person in your house tested positive to COVID-19. You should carefully think about the risk that you could infect vulnerable people.

All household contacts must not visit high risk settings (aged care, healthcare, disability care and correctional facilities) for at least 7 days after the last person in their house had a positive COVID-19 test.

Close contacts must comply with the above guidelines for 7 days from the time a person in their household tested positive for COVID-19.

Ending Isolation

While you do not have to self-isolate, you may only return to work after you have notified your workplace that you are a household contact or a close contact.

Further information on the rules for when self-isolation due to COVID-19 is required, or due to exposure, symptoms or a positive test can be found at Self-Isolation Rules for cases and people exposed to COVID-19.

Mandatory Vaccination Requirements

Proof of vaccination is only required if you work in certain industries (largely disability care).

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.

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 [email protected], or Melanie at [email protected] alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

A border pass is not required.

Follow the guidance below if you are seeking to travel to the ACT and you:

  • are currently in isolation
  • have been identified as a household, close or high-risk contact in another state or territory.

If you are a household contact or confirmed case of COVID-19, notify ACT Health of your arrival using the ACT COVID-19 Declaration Form (for household contacts) or positive rapid antigen test result online form. If you are not a household, close or high-risk contact or confirmed case, but you have had recent contact with a case, follow the advice based on the level of your exposure risk.

For further information, please see Entering the ACT.

Testing Positive to COVID-19

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

If you test positive for COVID-19 with a RAT test, you must immediately self-isolate and register with ACT Health using the online form to register a positive RAT result.

In the ACT, everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 7 days (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. ACT Health will send you a clearance letter meaning you can leave isolation from midnight of the date on the letter.

For further information, see People who test positive for COVID-19.

Close Contacts

Household contacts can leave their homes if they have no COVID-19 symptoms and comply with the risk mitigation measures for 7 days from the last time someone in the household tested positive to COVID-19.

Follow the guidelines established by the ACT: What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

Mandatory Vaccination

From 28 March 2022, staff employed in disability and aged-care service delivery (including in-home, in-community and residential aged care facilities) must remain up-to-date with vaccination to be able to continue working. Amendments to relevant ACT Public Health Emergency Directions for residential aged care, disability care and in-home and community aged-care workers require staff to receive their booster vaccination 3 months (and no more than 6 months) after completion of their primary vaccination course. Staff that do not comply with this Direction will be prevented from working until they receive their booster vaccine or are issued a temporary exemption.

See: Information for employees that require vaccination – COVID-19 (act.gov.au)

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 [email protected], or Edmund at [email protected] alternatively you can call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

No border pass is required. 

There is no vaccination, quarantine, permit, or testing requirement to enter Victoria.  From Friday 11.59 pm 24 June 2022, truck drivers no longer have vaccination requirements for entry into Victoria.

COVID Testing: Where?

See Victorian testing sites for further information.

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.

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

Close Contacts

The rules differ depending on what sort of close contact you are.  A household contact is where you have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation, or care facility.  A social or workplace contact is where you spent more than 15 minutes face-to-face with someone who has COVID-19, or if you spent more than two hours with them in the same indoor space (such as a workplace or a restaurant). There is also an education and childcare category.

The rules for each category are set out here: Checklist for COVID contacts | Coronavirus Victoria

Mandatory Vaccination

The rules change at 11.59pm 24 June 2022.  From that time, the following workers are still required to be fully vaccinated and, if aged 18 or above must have received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in order to work outside of their ordinary place of residence or onsite (unless they are an excepted person or an exception applies).

  • Custodial workers
  • Disability workers
  • Emergency service workers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residential aged care facility workers, and
  • Workers at specialist schools.

From 11.59pm on Friday 24 June 2022, all other workers do not need to be vaccinated to work outside of their ordinary place of residence or attend their workplace.

The purpose of Pandemic (Workplace) Order (No. 10) is to limit the number of Victorians attending work premises to assist in reducing the frequency and scale of outbreaks of COVID-19 in Victorian workplaces and to establish more specific obligations on employers and workers in relation to managing the risk associated with COVID-19 transmission in the work premises.  The Workplace Order (No. 10) commenced at 11:59pm on 12 July 2022 and ends at 11:59pm on 12 October 2022. It replaces the Workplace Order (No. 9).

There are no vaccination requirements for interstate truck drivers travelling to Victoria.

See: Worker vaccination requirements | Coronavirus Victoria

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. Please email our Advice Line [email protected]  or call us on (02) 6295 3000

A border pass is not required.

There are no restrictions for people entering the Northern Territory from interstate.

The exclusion zone direction has ended. There are no COVID-19 restrictions for entering remote communities in the Northern Territory.

See: Interstate and international travel | Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Testing Positive for COVID-19

In the Northern Territory (NT), Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are used to confirm a positive diagnosis of COVID-19.

If you test positive to a RAT you must immediately declare your result using a form available. This is a legal requirement.

Symptoms and testing | Coronavirus (COVID-19) (nt.gov.au)

Call the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 if you cannot complete the online form and would prefer assistance with your COVID-19 notification.

Close Contacts

You are considered a close contact if you:

  • reside or stay in the same household as a COVID-19 positive person
  • have spent 4 or more continuous hours indoors with a COVID-19 positive person while they were infectious.

What you must do

From the date you were last in contact with the infectious person you must:

  • have a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT):
    • within 3 days of becoming a close contact
    • on day 6 of becoming a close contact
  • wear a mask when indoors at a place which is not your residence for 7 days
  • wear a mask outside of your residence when you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people for 7 days
  • avoid visiting high risk settings such as a hospital, disability shared care house, residential aged care facility or correctional facility for 7 days
  • inform your employer or school that you are a close contact.

Other recommendations

  • Work from home if you can.
  • Avoid contact with people who at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Avoid large or crowded indoor gatherings.
  • Have a rapid antigen test before attending indoor gatherings with people you don’t live with, your workplace or education facilities.

See: Close contacts | Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mandatory Vaccination

The Northern Territory’s Public Health Emergency Declaration ceased at 11.59pm, Wednesday 15 June 2022.

List of current CHO Directions

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. Please email our Advice Line [email protected]  or call us on (02) 6295 3000

No border pass is required. 

Testing Positive

For information see What to do if you test positive to COVID-19? fact sheet (PDF 66KB)

PCR testing

PCR testing is available if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. You should isolate until you receive a negative COVID-19 test. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative, stay at home until you are well.

You must get a PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative on a rapid antigen test.

You must also get a PCR test if you are directed to by SA Health.  You must quarantine until you receive a negative result.

Close Contacts

In South Australia a ‘close contact’ is defined as someone who is one of the following:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period
  • has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative period of 4 hours or more during their infectious period:
    • where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case and
    • in close physical proximity (within 1.5 metres) and
    • in an indoor setting
  • has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact.

if you are a close contact, you must:

  • wear a mask when you leave the house for 7 days after your exposure date (12 years and older)
  • undertake 5 rapid antigen tests over the 7 days after your exposure date (with at least 24 hours between tests and one test on day 7)
  • report your rapid antigen test results if you test positive
  • not attend Tier 1 sensitive settings for 14 days after your exposure date, except to obtain medical care or medical supplies, or except if you are an emergency services worker attending to respond to an emergency
  • not attend Tier 2 sensitive settings for 7 days after exposure date, except to obtain medical care or medical supplies, or except if you are an emergency services worker attending to respond to an emergency
  • notify your employer or school or early childcare settings that you are a close contact
  • get a PCR test as soon as any symptoms develop and quarantine until you receive a result. If the result is negative, you must continue to follow the above guidelines.

Close contacts | SA Health

Mandatory Vaccinations

In SA only health care workers are subject to mandatory vaccination requirements.

Get your fourth dose

From 11 July, people aged 30+ can access a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from GPs, pharmacies and selected SA Health vaccination clinics.  The recommended interval between the third dose, or a recent COVID-19 infection, and the fourth dose is three months.

Book at your local GP or pharmacy

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. Please email our Advice Line [email protected]  or call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

No border pass is required.

There are currently no entry requirements in place for any travellers to Tasmania arriving by air or sea.

See Coming to Tasmania | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Testing for COVID: Where?

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.

Testing Positive

If you have a positive COVID-19 PCR or register a positive RAT result you will receive a message from the Department of Health. See the check list: What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 – Checklist | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Information for positive cases | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Close Contacts

A close contact is:

  • anyone who has stayed overnight in the same premises as a case during their infectious period, other than in the course of their work, or
  • anyone who has spent more than 4 hours (over a 24-hour period) in a residential setting with a case during their infectious period, other than in the course of their work.

A case’s infectious period is from two days prior to when they tested positive, until they are released from isolation.

For details about requirements see: Advice for contacts | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Employers must also undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and Public Health Directions. A COVID-19 Safety Plan is mandatory.

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. Please email our Advice Line [email protected]  or call us on (02) 6295 3000

No border pass is required. See Entering Western Australia

You can enter WA from interstate without any requirements.

Interstate travellers and returning WA residents:

  • do not need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to enter WA
  • do not need to undertake any pre-departure or arrival COVID-19 testing.

Testing Positive

Anyone who undertakes a RAT test and receives a positive result for COVID-19 is required to register the result online with the Department of Health. People who do not have access to the online registration system must still report their result by contacting 13 268 43. For further information visit Mandatory Registration of Positive RAT.

Close Contacts

In WA close contacts are defined as:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period,
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period:
      • where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact together in a residential setting across a 24-hour period
      • where masks have been removed by both people during the period of contact.
  • someone who is informed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

Close contacts without symptoms can leave their place of isolation subject to the following:

  • Take a RAT and obtain a negative result on each day they would like to leave isolation (note: you must be able to provide evidence of the negative RAT result taken than day if requested by a relevant officer)
    • If positive – follow positive case guidelines
    • If symptoms develop, follow symptomatic close contact guidelines
  • Wear a mask at all times outside of the home (the usual exemptions apply, including for children under 12)
  • Avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, aged care facilities, residential care facilities (including disability care facilities and mental health residential facilities) and correctional facilities, unless you work at these locations and have received written or oral confirmation from your employer to continue attending work as a close contact without symptoms.
  • In case you visit high-risk settings due to an emergency, you must advise a relevant officer prior to attending or as soon as possible upon your arrival. Workers at those facilities can enter under strict conditions.

For information about mask rules in Western Australia and the different types of face masks.

For more information and if you have symptoms see: COVID-19 Coronavirus: What to do if you have COVID-19 or are a close contact (www.wa.gov.au)

Leaving Isolation

If you do not have symptoms, you can leave your place of isolation during your isolation period if you:

  • take a RAT each day before leaving and receive a negative result (you must be able to provide evidence of this if requested).
  • wear a mask at all times outside of the home (the usual exemptions apply, including for children under 12).
  • do not attend high-risk settings, including:
    • hospitals and healthcare settings
    • aged care facilities
    • residential care facilities (including disability care facilities and mental health residential facilities)
    • correctional facilities.

If you work at a high-risk setting, you can attend work if you have received written or oral confirmation from your employer.

Mandatory Vaccinations

From Friday 10 June 2022, vaccine mandates only apply to workforces working with the most vulnerable to protect them from severe disease. This includes:

  • healthcare and health support workers in hospitals and primary health care settings;
  • workers in residential aged care facilities; and
  • disability support accommodation workers.

Workers captured under the mandatory vaccination directions must have their third (booster) dose administered within one calendar month of becoming eligible.

See: COVID-19 coronavirus: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination information (www.wa.gov.au)

A COVID Safety Plan is essential.

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. Please email our Advice Line [email protected]  or call us on (02) 6295 3000. 

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