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 Monday, 27 September 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.

The Class Exemption for entering QLD with perishable goods or livestock IS NO LONGER IN FORCE.

Border permitPlease ensure the correct pass is completed.

Entering Queensland from an “Affected Area”

An Affected Area means the local government areas of Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Parramatta, Campbelltown, Georges River, Cumberland, Blacktown, Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield and the following suburbs of Penrith (Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys) in the State of New South Wales.

Freight and logistics drivers entering Queensland who have left the confines of the heavy vehicle in an Affected Area:

  • require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass – Freight and Logistics (F Pass) every time they enter QLD after being in an affected area.
  • must get tested and receive a negative COVID-19 test result in the 7 days prior to entering Queensland, and
  • must be able to provide evidence of a COVID-19 test being undertaken in the 72 hours immediately prior to entering Queensland.
  • must maintain a rolling 3-day testing cycle until you leave Queensland or 14 days have passed since you were in the Affected Area, whichever is shorter.
  • must be able to provide evidence that you have been tested.

Entering Queensland from a “Hotspot”

Freight and logistics drivers entering Queensland from declared COVID-19 hotspots:

  • require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass – Freight and Logistics (F Pass) to enter QLD for work.
  • must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of entering Queensland.
  • must maintain a rolling 7-day routine testing cycle while you continue to travel into and out of declared COVID-19 hotspots.
  • must be able to provide evidence that you have been tested.

Important note: if you are entering Queensland under an “F Pass” and have been to an interstate exposure venue during the exposure period you are required to quarantine upon arrival to Queensland at your own expense and to comply with the quarantine requirements set out in the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 46) (which came into effect 1.00am Thursday 24 September 2021) or successors.

From 1.00am Monday 13 September 2021, travel for work that cannot be performed at home between Queensland and some Local Government Areas in the New South Wales border zone is allowed. People crossing the border for work will need to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Border zone residents who have been in the LGAs of Walgett, Bourke, City of Broken Hill, the Unincorporated Far West or Walgett Shire will only be allowed to enter Queensland for essential work, emergency volunteering and other limited essential purposes.

NOTE: From 1am on Wednesday 22 September 2021, the LGAs of Byron Shire and Tweed Shire have been removed from the ‘border bubble’, meaning that travel from these areas into Queensland is now limited to essential purposes only. Anyone in Queensland who has been in these LGAs since 1am on Saturday 18 September must follow the NSW stay-at-home order for 14 days or until the lockdown lifts.

NOTE: From 1am on Thursday 23 September, the LGAs of Brewarrina Shire and Lismore City have moved from the ‘restricted’ to ‘non-restricted’ border zone, meaning people who have been in these LGAs can enter Queensland for a broader range of essential purposes.

NOTE: From 1am on Friday 24 September, the LGA of Glen Innes Severn Shire has moved from the ‘restricted’ to ‘non-restricted’ border zone, meaning people who have been in this LGA can enter Queensland for a broader range of essential purposes.

Freight and logistics operator options:

Option 1 – Work under the QLD Freight Protocol, hold a valid F Pass and get tested

Freight and logistics operators can cease working under the X Pass regime and now apply for an F Pass, work under the QLD Freight Protocol and adhere to the mandatory testing (7 day cycle).

Operators who choose option 1:

  • do not need to have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter Queensland;
  • must have a valid F Pass;
  • must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days prior to entering Queensland; and
  • must maintain a rolling 7-day routine testing cycle while they continue to travel into and out of declared COVID-19 hotspots.

Option 2 – Have a valid X Pass and evidence of first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Freight and logistics operators can choose the second option which is to have evidence of having received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and hold a valid X Pass to enter Queensland.

Operators who choose option 2:

  • must have evidence of their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter Queensland, even if they are a Queensland returning resident. The COVID-19 vaccine received must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by WHO-COVAX where the worker was vaccinated overseas.
  • must hold a valid X Pass;
  • must not have left the NSW border zone to enter other parts of New South Wales;
  • do not need to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days prior to entering Queensland or maintain a 7 day rolling testing cycle;
  • require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (Border Zone Travel – X Pass) to enter QLD for work; and
  • do not need to undertake 7 day rolling testing cycle when travelling in and out of NSW border zone into Qld.

Entering QLD when you haven’t been in a hotspot, an Affected Area or the NSW border zone

Freight and Logistics operators who have not been in a QLD declared COVID-19 hotspot, Affected Area or the NSW border zone

Freight and logistics workers must strictly comply with all other requirements of the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 46) (which came into effect 1.00am Friday 24 September 2021) or successors, the QLD Freight Protocol and all relevant Public Health Directions, once in Queensland.

Records:

Freight and logistics operators who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter, must keep records of close contacts during the time they are in Queensland, otherwise – keep evidence of the basis on which entry is permitted.

Close contact means another person in the company of the first person:

  • within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or
  • within 1.5 metres of each other for a period of 15 minutes or longer; and

Records required to be kept are:

  • the name, phone number and email address of the close contact and the day, time and location at which the contact occurred; and
  • if the name, phone number and email address are not known or it is not reasonably practicable to obtain them, the day, time and location at which the contact occurred

Freight and logistics workers must also collect and maintain written records of compliance with testing requirements, as outlined in the Queensland Freight Protocol.

COVID-19 testing

From 1.00am Friday 30 July 2021, mandatory COVID-19 testing for freight and logistics operators is in place in Queensland.

  • Affected Areas

An “Affected Area” means the local government areas of Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Parramatta, Campbelltown, Georges River, Cumberland, Blacktown, Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield and the following suburbs of Penrith (Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys) in the State of New South Wales.

Freight and logistics drivers who have left the confines of the heavy vehicle in an Affected Area must:

  • get tested and receive a negative test result in the 7 days prior to entering Queensland, and
  • be able to provide evidence of a test being undertaken in the 72 hours immediately prior to entering Queensland.
  • maintain a rolling 3-day testing cycle until they leave Queensland or 14 days have passed since they were in the Affected Area, whichever is shorter.

Freight and logistics drivers entering Queensland from declared COVID-19 hotspots must:

  • have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of entering Queensland,
  • maintain a rolling 7-day routine testing cycle while they continue to travel into and out of declared COVID-19 hotspots, and
  • be able to provide evidence that they have been tested.

Dedicated heavy vehicle COVID-19 temporary testing facilities

  • Boondall – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1 Melaleuca Drive (Take exit 117 from the Gateway Motorway). Open 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Sunday. Click here to view map.
  • Charlton – BP Truck Stop, 10783 Warrego Highway. Open 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8.00am – 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday. Click here to view map.
  • Goondiwindi – Caltex Goondiwindi, 227 Boundary Road. Open 8.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week. Click here to view map.
  • Port of Brisbane – 58 Port Drive, Port of Brisbane. Open 6.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. From Saturday 4 September 2021, open 6.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 6.00am to 3.00pm Saturday, and 6.00am to 11.30am Sunday. Click here to view map.

Testing is also available for drivers in prime movers *without trailers only*, light and heavy rigid trucks ONLY at the following sites:

  • Acacia Ridge 174 Mortimer Road
  • Robina Corner of Scottsdale Drive & Christine Avenue

For full details and opening hours click here 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.

  • Victoria

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

More information for Queensland

The Stay Safe Directions (Regional Victoria) (No 9) and Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 22) both came into effect from 11:59pm on Friday 17 September 2021. Both currently end at 11:59pm on 23 September 2021.

List of all COVID Directions

The Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No 45) are in force from 1:59pm on 21 September 2021 and introduce extra requirements for warehousing and distribution centres which deal with perishable foods in Metropolitan Melbourne, including surveillance testing. More information is available here.

Regional Victoria

From 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September 2021, lockdown restrictions were lifted in regional Victoria.

Under the Workplace Directions (No 50), the Authorised Worker list does not apply in the regions, allowing most businesses to trade with capacity and density limits. Regional Victorians will continue to apply the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Lockdown restrictions remain in metropolitan Melbourne. People from metropolitan Melbourne are not to travel to regional areas other than for authorised reasons.

Under the Area Directions (No 21), as of 11:59pm on Sunday 26 September 2021, the City of Greater Geelong (including Little River except Point Lonsdale) and the Surf Coast Shire Council are released from lockdown restrictions.

Authorised Worker Permit
From 11:59pm Tuesday 17 August 2021, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

  • the workplace is an authorised provider or service, or
  • all employees are working from home.

List of authorised providers and workers.

Authorised workers will be required to carry an Authorised Worker Permit when working, and when travelling for work. The permits need to be certified by an employer.

 

Truck curfews removed
Truck curfews are lifted across Victoria until11.59pm on Friday 5 November 2021.

Please note: QR code check-in now required at rest and truck stops

QR codes have been installed at rest and truck stops across Victoria. Truck and delivery drivers are required to check-in where a QR code is displayed a truck stop they visit. Using the Service Victoria app will make the process quicker for drivers. 

Border permitFrom 11.59 pm Friday 3 September 2021, commercial freight workers are eligible for a Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit that allows for multiple entries during its 14-day validity period.

The Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions (No. 32) came into force 11:59pm Thursday 23 September 2021 and ends at 11:59pm Thursday 21 October 2021.

A commercial freight worker means a person who is subject to the Freight Code and includes a heavy vehicle driver, rail crew or a support worker, but excludes:

  • Removalists who have been in a Red Zone within the last 14 days;
  • Delivery drivers that have been in a Red Zone within the last 14 days (being drivers of vehicles under 4.5 Gross Vehicle Mass); and
  • Freight workers who are unable to load/unload cargo in a COVIDSafe manner (e.g., avoiding contact with other people, entering residential premises not permitted).

Commercial freight workers living in the Victoria-South Australia cross-border community, are able to enter Victoria without a permit:

  • so long as they live in the VIC-SA cross-border area,
  • haven’t been to an extreme risk or red zone outside the VIC-SA cross-border area in the last 14 days,
  • if they have been in an orange zone outside the cross-border area at ay time in the last 14 days, have been tested for COVID-19 and have returned a negative test result since leaving the orange zone,
  • have not been to an exposure site,
  • do not have COVID-19 or any symptoms, and are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, and
  • carry proof of address, such as a drivers licence.

See more at the Information for cross-border communities webpage.

Victorian freight workers entering on the Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit are required to limit their movement/activities while they are in an extreme risk, red or orange zone, subject to testing requirements but do not have to continue to restrict their movements while in their home state.

If you’re eligible for a Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit, and you’ve been in a red or extreme risk zone at any time after the red zone or extreme risk zone commencement time in the last 14 days, and you are a Victorian resident travelling for work outside Victoria, you must:

  • quarantine at your accommodation when not working or while traveling for work
  • get tested for COVID-19 at least once every 3 days during the time the permit is valid
  • only leave your vehicle or the accommodation where you are quarantining when working to undertake the work that makes you eligible for the specified worker permit (e.g. driving and unloading), and to:
    o access toilet and bathroom facilities
    o pay for fuel
    o purchase essential items
    o purchase takeaway food and drink
    o depart Victoria from an airport, seaport or railway station
  • unless the driver is a returning Victorian resident, not carry any other person as a passenger in the driver’s cabin of a vehicle, other than for the purpose of providing specified work
  • minimise contact with others
  • wear a mask indoors and outdoors whilst traveling for work outside of Victoria.

COVID-19 vaccination

Under the Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions No 3, from 24 September 2021, commercial freight workers entering Victoria with Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit who have been in an extreme risk/red zone in the previous 14 days will need to provide evidence of one of the following:

  1. a full COVID-19 vaccination;
  2. a partial COVID-19 vaccination;
  3. having booked in to receive their first dose before 11.59pm on 7 October 2021; or
  4. evidence from a medical practitioner that an exemption applies to them.

From 11:59pm on 7 October, all freight workers entering Victoria from extreme risk zones and red zones will need to have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (or have a medical exemption evidenced by a medical practitioner) in order to be eligible for the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit.

Please note: This has not yet been passed into law and we will provide concrete details as soon as the Directions are updated. The dates and requirements are subject to change.

Designated vaccination sites have been established for workers operating under a specified worker permit who have been in an extreme or red zone in the previous 14 days prior to entering Victoria. The list of sites and a letter of eligibility are available below, including a phone line that will prioritise workers meeting the eligibility criteria. Please ensure you satisfy the relevant criteria to attend these sites.

Commercial Freight Letter of Eligibility and extreme and red zone freight drivers’ vaccination sites

Freight workers entering Victoria with Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit can access priority vaccination bookings at state vaccination centres. When calling 1800 675 398 to make a priority booking, drivers should identify themselves as commercial freight workers.

COVID-19 testing:

  • Extreme risk zone or red zone

Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit holders from an extreme risk zone or red zone must be tested for COVID-19:

  • at least once every 3 days for the duration of the validity period of permit on which they have entered Victoria; and
  • additionally, if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Orange zone

Specified Worker (multiple entry) Permit holders from an orange zone must be tested for COVID-19:

  • once within 72 hours of entering Pending a negative result, workers will not need to get tested for the remainder of the validity period of that permit.
  • additionally, if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Workers are not required to be tested for COVID-19 more than 4 times in any 14-day period, including where workers enter Victoria more than once in any 14 day period unless they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Freight friendly testing facilities are available at the following locations:

  • Beveridge Truck Stop/NHVR Weighbridge (south bound), Hume Freeway, Beveridge. Open 6.00pm-6.00am daily (subject to change).
  • Broadford Weighbridge (NHVR) (north bound), Hume Freeway, Broadford. Open 6.00pm-6.00am daily (subject to change).
  • Murrungowar Picnic Ground (inbound), Princes Highway (16km east of Orbost). Open 7.00am-7.00pm daily (replaces Longwarry testing site)
  • Nhill trailer exchange, Western Highway – 12.00pm-12.00am (testing for 5 days from 1 September 2021, to be reviewed)

To save time please complete a registration form prior to testing. Please choose your industry as Freight – Road. The form is available at the Testing support for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Pre-fill webpage.

All freight-friendly sites use the Department of Health’s Test Tracker system, which provides a text message confirmation that a driver can provide as evidence of a test. Note that operating hours of testing centres are subject to change.

Community Testing facilities are available at the following locations:

  • Benalla Health – 45-63 Coster Street – Mon to Fri 9:30am – 6.00pm, Sat & Sun 1:30pm – 3:30pm.
  • Northeast Health – Wangaratta, 58 Docker Street – Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 8.00am – 12:30pm, Tue, Thu, Sat Closed.
  • Wodonga Respiratory Clinic, 224-226 Beechworth Road – Mon to Fri 8:30am-6.00pm, Sat & Sun Closed.

Employer’s letter:  Permit holders from red zones must carry a letter from their employer stating that they are performing work in Victoria that is urgent, essential to the operations of their employer or customer and cannot be carried out in a timely manner by workers who ordinarily reside in Victoria or another area that is a green zone. This is part of the requirement to obtain a border permit and essential worker status.

Government agencies have prepared a Border permit employment status declaration letter for industry’s use. Note: a letter from an employer or customer on company letterhead that confirms that the work undertaken by the person meets the requirements in Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions subclause (g)(i) would be sufficient evidence.

Travel permit zones:  List of current zones.

Travel permit system is a traffic light system which designates areas as green, orange or red zones. An “extreme risk” zone was added on 23 July 2021.

  • New South Wales

The State of New South Wales is an extreme risk zone except NSW Local Government Areas in the cross-border community (excluding the City of Albury) which changed from extreme risk zones to Red Zones at 11:59pm on 19 September 2021.

  • Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory is an extreme risk zone.

More information on Victoria

Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Order (No 2) Amendment (No 17) Order 2021 came into effect at the beginning of Monday 27 September 2021.

COVID-19 legislation

Public Health Orders and restrictions

General area restrictions apply to the local government areas that are not a “stay at home area” or an “area of concern”.

The stay at home areas are:

  • Greater Sydney (including Blue Mountains and Wollongong) other than the areas of concern.
  • Albury, Bathurst Regional, Bourke, City of Broken Hill, Central Coast, Central Darling, City of Cessnock, Cowra, Dubbo Regional, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Hilltops, Kiama, City of Lake Macquarie, Lismore, City of Lithgow, City of Maitland, Mid-Western Regional, City of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional, City of Shellharbour, City of Shoalhaven, Walgett, Wingecarribee and Yass Valley.

As of Tuesday 22 September, the regional area of Kempsey LGA has been declared a stay at home area from 14 September, and the Byron and Tweed LGAs have been declared stay at home areas from 18 September.

As of midnight on Wednesday 22 September, stay at home orders are lifted for Albury, Lismore, Gilgandra, Brewarrina and Narrowmine LGAs.

As of midnight on Thursday 23 September, stay at home orders are lifted for the City of Orange and Glen Innes Severn. As of midnight on Saturday 25 September, stay at home orders are lifted for Narromine.

The areas of concern are:

  • the Local Government Areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield
  • the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys (within the Local Government Area of Penrith).

Freight workers who enter a stay at home area for work purposes must follow the stay at home restrictions once home for 14 days or until the restrictions are lifted, whichever is sooner.

More detail on the stay at home area restrictions can be found here.

More detail on the general area restrictions can be found here.

Border permit:

Freight drivers who have been in an “affected area” (refer below) in the previous 14 days, must complete the relevant NSW Entry Declaration below within the 24-hour period prior to entering, or on entry:

Register your travel within NSW:

From 12.01am Saturday 28 August 2021, transport workers need to register their travel if they’re:

  • an authorised worker living in a local government area (LGA) of concern and you need to leave your area for work. This includes travelling to another LGA of concern (also known as a ‘workers permit’).
  • entering an LGA of concern for work (also known as a ‘workers permit’).
  • from a non-area of concern and they need to travel more than 50km outside of Greater Sydney (does not include Shellharbour and the Central Coast) for work, and they cannot work from home.

Workers can check their travel locations to see if they need to register by entering the address they’re travelling to and from in the travel registration address check.

Authorised transport workers in Greater Sydney who are travelling outside Greater Sydney do not need to provide every address they’re travelling to.

Workers who do not know the addresses they’ll be travelling to can select one of the following options when registering:

  • ‘Authorised worker with unknown work addresses’ – if you live in an LGA of concern, or
  • ‘Worker with unknown work addresses’ – if you do not live in an LGA of concern.

Travel registration is valid for a maximum of 14 days. From 3 September, current 14-day travel permits will automatically be extended to 30 September.

Transport workers must carry their travel registration and supporting documents with them at all times and provide them to Police if requested.

How workers need to register

  1. The worker will need to check that they meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. They will need to create and/or log in to their own MyServiceNSW Account.
  3. They then need to follow the prompts to complete their registration.
  4. If successful, they’ll receive their travel registration by e-mail.

Further information can be found on the Services NSW website.

Transport workers from NSW regional and rural areas must not enter Greater Sydney (does not include Shellharbour and the Central Coast) if they are not engaged in an essential freight task.

Transport workers operating in Greater Sydney, who return home to a regional or rural area, must comply with the stay-at-home requirements, meaning they are required to stay at home in line with the Greater Sydney restrictions however can leave their home for the essential reasons which include:

  • obtaining food or other goods and services, or
  • for the purposes of work if it is not possible to do it at home, or
  • exercising, or
  • medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 testing:

  • Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong

Freight workers living in or staying in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, must have a COVID-19 test in the 7 days before working if their workplace is 50km or more outside Greater Sydney.

Please refer to COVID-19 tests for Greater Sydney workers for further information on the current restrictions and information on proof of testing.

Please refer to Map of 50km zone around Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas (no longer includes Central Coast or Shellharbour LGAs).

  • Areas of Concern:

A person who lives in an area of concern:

  • cannot leave the area of concern in which they live for the purposes of work, unless they are an authorised worker and have a permit issued by Service NSW. The definition of ‘authorised worker’ has been updated from 16 September 2021 and no longer excludes home and office removals.
  • From 9 September 2021, an authorised worker (who is at least 16 years of age) must not leave an area of concern for work unless the worker has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, has evidence of an appointment to be vaccinated between 9 and 19 September or has a medical certificate indicating a medical contraindication and carries the required evidence. This does not apply if the person has not been in the area of concern in the previous 14 days
  • The definition of ‘authorised worker’ has been updated from 16 September 2021 and no longer excludes home and office removals. This means removals workers living in the areas of concern can leave those areas to work as authorised workers provided they meet the vaccination requirements.
  • From 20 September 2021, an authorised worker will only be able to leave their area of concern for work if they have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or evidence of a medical exemption

For priority bookings visit:

Evidence of vaccination or exemption

You must:

  • carry evidence of your vaccination, COVID-19 test, or medical exemption; and
  • produce that evidence to your employer, the occupier of your place of work, a police officer or an authorised officer, if requested; and
  • carry proof of your address.

Evidence of your vaccination can include an:

  • online immunisation history statement or
  • COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register.

Evidence of your COVID-19 test can include an SMS text message or email from the testing organisation.

Evidence of your medical exemption must be from a medical practitioner in the form approved by the NSW Chief Health Officer.

Please refer to the Map: local government areas of concern

  • Outside of Greater Sydney

While not mandatory for freight workers outside Greater Sydney, NSW is strongly encouraging regular testing, every 7 days as part of an operator’s COVID Safety Plan. Asymptomatic testing is available at the freight-friendly testing facilities listed below, as well as at community testing facilities in regional and metropolitan NSW.

Freight friendly, asymptomatic testing services are available at:

  • Assisted testing by pathology staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

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

Marulan BP Service Centre (southbound), Hume Highway

Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway

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

Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway

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

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

Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway

  • Telehealth is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Narrabarba rest area, off Princes Highway

In NSW you do not need to self-isolate after taking a COVID-19 test if you do not have symptoms and are taking the test to comply with mandatory testing requirements.

COVID-19 places of concern:  List of current COVID-19 Places of Concern Notice – currently Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Order (No 3) 2021 is effective from 8:17pm on 15 September 2021.

  • Australian Capital Territory

From 5.00pm 12 August 2021, the Australian Capital Territory is an affected area

  • Queensland

From 16 June 2021, the State of Queensland is an affected area

  • Victoria

From 13 May 2021, the State of Victoria is an affected area

More information for New South Wales

The ACT is currently under lockdown restrictions and these have been extended until 11:59pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

Some modifications have been made, including to requirements for small businesses who operate click and collect or delivery services.

Note: Recently ACT border police have been enforcing the National Freight Code testing requirements as a condition of the standing exemption, meaning that drivers now must ensure they are carrying evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 7 days when entering the ACT.

Border permit

  • Freight and transport workers do not need to apply for an exemption to enter the ACT (refer standing exemptions) unless they have been directed to quarantine by health officials.Drivers living in the ACT who have not spent more than one night in an area of concern and have not attended public spaces within those areas are not required to quarantine, however drivers should:
    o on return to the ACT from an area of concern notify ACT Health of their circumstances via the online form and they can provide relevant advice.
    o carefully monitor their symptoms. If they have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, they should self-isolate and get tested immediately.
    o minimise all movements within the community whilst in the ACT to essential business only.
    o practice good hand and respiratory hygiene whilst at home and out of the home.
    o keep good records of where they have been, including dates and times.
  • Furniture removalists must complete an Exemption Application Form at least 72 hours prior to planned travel to notify the ACT of their entry.Furniture removalists must fill out the form as follows:
    o complete the form at least 3 days in advance
    o indicate that they are an essential worker and select ‘Furniture Removalist’ as the applicable work category
    o include the address of the household they are working at in the details of their request, and the length of time this will take
    o if they are staying overnight in the ACT, include their overnight accommodation as the ‘Address in the ACT’. Or, include the address of the household they are working at
    o attach valid identification AND evidence of the removal, such as a work order, AND evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the seven days prior to travel, as per National Freight Code requirements.

An application must be made for each individual removalist, for each date of entry to the ACT.

Furniture removalists will be provided with an authorisation for entry that includes the following conditions:
o must travel directly to the place of work and make no other stops, unless staying overnight
o as few people as possible must be present at the household. If the household owners are present during the move, they must wear masks at all times and maintain as much physical distancing as possible
o the removalists must wear gloves and masks at all times during the move
o removalists cannot enter the ACT if they have any symptoms of COVID-19
o if the removal takes more than one day, removalists may stay a maximum of one night.

COVID-19 testingCOVID-19 testing is not mandatory but is recommended.

COVID-19 areas of concern:  List of current COVID-19 areas of concern.

More information for the Australian Capital Territory

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

COVID-19 testingFrom Wednesday 8 September 2021:

  • Travelling from 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.

Hotspots:  List of declared hotspots.

More information for Western Australia

Border permitA border pass is required to enter Tasmania from any other state. You should apply for a pass at least 7 days prior to arrival via the G2G PASS system.

COVID-19 testing

From high-risk areas or spent time in high-risk premises.

Freight and Logistics workers not entering quarantine must have a test:

  • within 24 hours of arrival in Tasmania; and
  • as soon as practical after the 7th day following their arrival; and
  • as soon as practical after the 12th day following their arrival.

Other areas

Freight and logistics operators must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to their arrival (and not had a positive test within that 7 day period) or they must test within 24 hours of arrival in Tasmania.

Freight and Logistics workers must have a COVID-19 test within each 7 day period that passes their arrival in Tasmania, until 14 days have passed and they have had two tests.

More information for Tasmania

List of current CHO Directions

Border permit:  A border pass is required to enter the Northern Territory from any other state. You must complete a Border Entry Form.

Freight risk mitigation plan: Freight workers entering the Northern Territory must also complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.

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.

COVID-19 testing:  Testing every seven days is mandatory for freight workers. COVID-19 testing can be booked by calling 0448 582 731.

Northern Territory testing facilities

Hotspots: List of COVID-19 hotspots

Restrictions apply for entry from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and Victoria. There are testing and quarantine directions for anyone who has been in a COVID-19 public exposure site in Western Australia.

More information on the Northern Territory

Latest updates

List of COVID-19 related legislation

Updates to public activity directions

Border permitA border pass is required to enter South Australia from any other State. You must complete a Cross Border Travel Application at least 7 days prior to arrival.

List of COVID-19 related legislation.

All road transport operators must have a letter/documentation from their employer as well as their Cross Border Travel Registration when entering SA, and they must comply with the other requirements of essential travellers, including the wearing of a face mask when exiting the cab and when in contact with the public, maintaining close contact records, and the need to self-quarantine when not working.

In relation to close contact records, the records must be made and retained for all close contacts, or use QR codes if available, from the date of arrival in SA for 14 days not counting the day of arrival, or if they remain in South Australia for a period less than 14 days, for that period. The records need to be retained for a period of 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept.

Freight and logistics workers must comply with the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—Associated Direction No 54) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (which came into effect at 12:01am on Saturday 25 September 2021) or successors.

COVID-19 vaccination

  • New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria (i.e., restricted zones)

In addition to the testing requirements below, from 12.01am Thursday 7 October 2021 (note that this requirement was previously set for 12.01am Monday 27 September 2021 and has been extended) freight workers entering South Australia who have been in a restricted zone in the 14 days before arrival will need to provide evidence of their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or evidence from a medical practitioner that an exemption applies to them.

COVID-19 testing:

  • New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, or Victoria (i.e. restricted zones)

Commercial transport and freight workers who have been in a restricted zone at any time during the 14 days before arriving in South Australia must produce evidence of a COVID-19 test, either:

  • within 72 hours before their arrival;
  • or within 12 hours of arrival into South Australia, submit to either a point-of-care antigen based test and/or a COVID-19 test.
  • Other than a restricted zone

Commercial transport and freight workers who have not been in a restricted zone at any time during the 14 days before arrival must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 7 days before arrival in South Australia.

COVID-19 vaccination: South Australia have stepped back from requiring commercial transport and freight workers to have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for entry the state after 24 September.

Freight friendly testing facilities are available at the following locations:

  • Mt Gambier – 1 Pick Avenue, Mount Gambier – Open 9.00am to 5.00pm, 7 days a week
  • Pinnaroo – 16-20 Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo – Open 8.30am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week
  • Pt Augusta – Puma Roadhouse, National Highway 1, Port Augusta – Open 9.00am to 5.00pm, 7 days a week
  • Tailem Bend – Adj to Caltex Service Station, 8786 Princes Highway, Tailem Bend – Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
  • Yamba – Adjacent to Dunlop Tyre, Sturt Highway, Yamba – Open 8.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week

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

Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Restricted Zones:

  • New South Wales

The State of New South Wales is a restricted zone.

  • Victoria

The State of Victoria is a restricted zone.

  • Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory is a restricted zone.

More information for South Australia

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