Last updated 3rd July 2020

In response to the evolving pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19) state Governments have implemented border restrictions for freight services. While all freight is deemed as essential services; however, heavy vehicles are now subject to controls at most borders between the states and territories. 

NatRoad has collated cross-border requirements via best available official sources.  Please note that as the situation is changing rapidly, updates will be provided as they become available.

Federal   ACT   NSW   NT   QLD   SA   TAS   VIC   WA

Federal

Border controls: 

No border controls for domestic travel. Road freight considered essential travel.

An exemption from café, restaurant restrictions has been provided for roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck driver lounges to remain open so Australia’s heavy vehicle drivers have access to showers, restrooms and facilities to undertake their mandated fatigue management breaks.

Relevant media statements:

Australian Capital Territory

Border controls: 

There are no restrictions on internal and cross border travel.

From 03 July 2020 the ACT requires anyone entering the ACT that has been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days to be quarantined for 14 days.  This does not apply if the person travelled through a hotspot but did not leave their vehicle.

The hotspots are currently all in Victoria:

Postcode    Suburbs

3012             Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021             Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032             Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038             Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042             Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North
3046             Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047             Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055             Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3060             Fawkner
3064             Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

Relevant media statements:

New South Wales

Border controls: 

There are no restrictions on internal and cross border travel.  From 02 July 2020, NSW has imposed restrictions on persons that have been in a designated COVID-19 interstate hotspot in the 14 days before entering NSW.  These are:

•            Non-NSW residents are banned from entering NSW; and

•            NSW residents are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to NSW.

Penalties, including prison and $11 000 fines, can apply for breaches.

Several exemptions exist, including people providing an essential service.  Freight and logistics are considered an essential service.  However, people from a hotspot performing freight and logistics tasks in NSW are required to minimise their contact with other people.

The designated COVID-19 interstate hotspots are currently all in Victoria:

Postcode            Suburbs

3012      Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021      Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3032      Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038      Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042      Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North

3046      Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047      Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

3055      Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West

3060      Fawkner

3064      Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

Relevant media statements:
Transport for NSW provides updated information on border controls in neighbouring states and territories at TfNSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry.

An interactive travel planner showing border road blocks is at Live Traffic.

Northern Territory

Border controls: 

All interstate and overseas arrivals in the Northern Territory are required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival unless an exemption applies.  From 15 June 2020 mandatory monitored quarantine will be replaced with mandatory self-quarantine.  Non-exempt domestic arrivals in the NT will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in their own private or commercial accommodation.

From 17 July 2020 border controls will be almost eliminated for domestic arrivals and self-quarantine will no longer be required.  However, all domestic arrivals will still have to complete the online pre-arrival border crossing application until 31 July 2020.  Mandatory monitored quarantine will continue to apply for overseas arrivals.

Transport, freight and logistics is exempted – “any person providing services for the transport or freight of goods and related logistics into, within and out of the Territory, if the person practises social distancing measures and complies with direction 28 while in the Territory”.  This means whilst in the Territory and not working, exempt transport, freight, and logistics persons must self-quarantine for 14 days unless departing earlier, for example a truck driver can stay in their truck or a motel. This exemption may not apply to drivers who have visited a COVID-19 hotspot – see below.

The NT border has been controlled from 1600hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020 and all travellers will be required to declare their medical status and purpose of travel.

Travellers arriving in the Northern Territory are required to complete an online pre-arrival border crossing application and will be screened to assess whether they are essential or not.

From 26 June 2020 the NT has declared a number of areas in Victoria to be COVID-19 hotspots.  People that have been to a hotspot in the 28 days before arriving in the NT must self-quarantine for 14 days in an NT regional centre at their own expense.  The hotspots are:

Local Government Area

• Brimbank

• Cardinia

• Casey

• Darebin

• Hume*

• Moreland

*Note for Hume - The Chief Health Officer has confirmed that while the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located in the Hume Local Government Area (currently listed as a COVID-19 hotspot), individuals entering the Hume Local Government Area for the sole purpose of accessing the airport or by virtue of a flight transiting through the airport are not considered to have been in the hotspot.  However, individuals who leave the airport and go out into the local government area would be classified as having been in a hotspot whilst the area the airport is located remains a hotspot.

Relevant media statements:

Queensland

Border controls: 

Queensland unless they are considered exempt and been issued with a Border Declaration Pass.

Transport, freight and logistics are considered exempt:

“1.    Any person who:

a.   is transporting freight to, from or through Queensland under a commercial freight operation and the only persons in the vehicle are essential for the delivery of the freight; or

Note: Freight operators are not permitted to carry passengers

b.    is transporting passengers (who must also be exempt persons) to, from or through Queensland under a commercial passenger operation; or

c.     provides logistics and support for the transport in paragraph a or b and provide the logistics and support cannot be provided outside of Queensland; or

d.    is a member of a domestic commercial or domestic charter flight air crew.

2.          The person in paragraph 1 must, as far as practicable:

a.    remain isolated from the general public in their vehicle or accommodation until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter; and

b.    practise social distancing, including by remaining at least 1.5 metres from other people.”

Transport, freight and logistics also do not need to obtain a Border Declaration Pass – see para 9 of Border Restrictions Direction No.6.

Exempt travellers are still required to quarantine for 14 days if they have been outside Australia in the last 14 days.  An exempt must also quarantine if they travelled in the last 14 days to particular areas of Australia identified as a COVID 19 hotspot unless the travel to the hotspot or into Queensland is related to an essential purpose.  As of 21 June 2020 the current hotspots are all in Victoria and are:

Local Government Area

  • Banyule City
  • Bayside City
  • Boroondara City
  • Brimbank City
  • Cardinia Shire
  • Casey City
  • Darebin City
  • Frankston City
  • Glen Eira City
  • Greater Dandenong City
  • Greater Geelong City
  • Hobsons Bay City
  • Hume City [1]
  • Kingston City
  • Knox City
  • Macedon Ranges Shire
  • Manningham City
  • Maribyrnong City
  • Maroondah City
  • Melbourne City
  • Melton City
  • Mitchell Shire
  • Monash City
  • Moonee Valley City
  • Moorabool Shire
  • Moreland City
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Murrindindi Shire
  • Nillumbik Shire
  • Port Phillip City
  • Stonnington City
  • Whitehorse City
  • Whittlesea City
  • Wyndham City
  • Yarra City
  • Yarra Ranges Shire

[1] The Chief Health Officer has confirmed that while the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located in the Hume Local Government Area (currently listed as a COVID-19 hotspot), individuals entering the Hume LGA for the sole purpose of accessing the airport or by virtue of a flight transiting through the airport are not considered to have ‘visited’ the hotspot. However, individuals who leave the airport and go out into the local community would be classified as visiting a hotspot whilst the area the airport is located remains a hotspot.

Transport freight and logistics are also exempt from the COVID-19 hotspot restrictions.  However, a person in this exempt category who has been to a designated COVID-19 hotspot must maintain a record of their close contacts in Queensland for the time they are in Queensland for the 14 days after entry.  A close contact is someone that they have been within 1.5 metres for at least 15 minutes, or have shared an enclosed space for two hours or more.  The record must include the name, phone number, email address, day and time of contact.  They must also minimise contact with others and maintain social distancing.

Locked gates are in place at various locations on the Queensland/NSW border.  Freight operators can obtain the code for these gates from the relevant Queensland Police station.  People needing the codes are advised to obtain them ahead of time as phone reception at the gates can be poor or not existent.

Call Thargomindah Police station on 07 4655 3200, during business hours only, prior to travel for:

  •  Cameron Corner Road
  •  Fortville Gate Road
  • Toona Gate Road
  • Warri Gate (Silver City Highway)
  • Wompah Gate Road
  • Hamilton Gate Road
  • Hungerford Road

Call the Balonne Border Control Point on 0439 549 522, 24 hours a day, prior to travel for:

  • West Culgoa Road
  • Goodooga Brenda Road at Mulga Downs
  • Hebel Goodooga Road at Goodooga Road
  • Koomalah Road
  • Cambo Road
  • Gundabloui Road – Collarenebri Mungindi

A factsheet on the border gates can be found at: TfNSW COVID-19.  An interactive travel planner showing road blocks on the Queensland/NSW border is at:  Live Traffic.

From 12 noon 3 July 2020, Queensland’s borders will remain closed to anyone who has been in Victoria within the previous 14 days, regardless of whether they are a Queensland resident or non-Queensland resident.

Any person who has been in any local government area within the State of Victoria within the last 14 days should not come to Queensland.  If they do, they must undergo mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days. Queensland residents must not travel to a local government area in Victoria.

The current transport, freight, and logistics exemption is expected to continue.  Further to details to be provided when they are available.

The Queensland Government will implement enhanced border control measures, including new border passes and identification screening.

From 12 noon 10 July 2020, any person from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration.

If any person entering Queensland from whatever place has spent time in any local government area in Victoria during the past 14 days, they will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine.

All persons entering Queensland must complete and sign a border declaration stating they have not been to any local government area in Victoria in the past 14 days.  Penalties apply for false statements.

Relevant media statements and resources:

South Australia

Border controls: 

From 20 June 2020 domestic travellers from Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland entering South Australia directly are no longer subject to border controls and are not required to self-quarantine.  This is provided they have been in one or more of those states or the NT for at least 14 days before arrival in SA.  All other domestic travellers to SA are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.  This requirement is expected to be eased on 20 July 2020.

Transport and freight are exempted from the self-quarantine requirement – “Persons who, in the conduct of their duties, provide transport or freight services within and out of South Australia (including any crew on such transport services) and is required to be physically present in South Australia for such purpose.”

The SA Border will be controlled from 1600hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020.  Whilst there are no permits, exemptions or applications required, it is recommended that persons travelling under the transport and freight exemption have documentation with them about the nature of their business, the reason for travel to and in SA, the details of where they intend going, period of the stay, as well as how they will manage the COVID-19 risks during their time in SA.

From 11 May 2020, an essential traveller in the transport and freight category must keep and retain records of close contacts for a 14 day period from the date of their arrival in South Australia (or, if they remain in South Australia for a period of less than 14 days, for that period).

A person is a close contact of another person if they are in the company of the other person:

1)          Within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or

2)          Within 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer.

The records that are required to be kept in relation to a close contact are:

1)     The name and phone number or other contact details of the close contact and the location at which the close contact occurred; or

2)     If the details are not known and it is not reasonably practicable to obtain those details—the time during which and location at which the close contact occurred.

The records must:

1)     Be retained for a period of 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept.

2)     Be provided to an authorised officer on request.

The SA Government has produced an Essential Traveller Record Of Close Contact Form.

From 01 July 2020, travellers to SA, including road freight, must apply for pre-approval to enter using an online form.  Applications should be made at least 72 hours before arrival in SA.  Travellers can apply for on off or repeat entry.  If approved, the traveller will be issued an approval number which needs to be supplied to SA officials at the border.  Persons in border communities that have already been issued an approval notice do not need to apply again.  Currently, travellers unable to get approval before arrival can provide their application details or complete the application at the border checkpoint.  An interim assessment will be made and SA Police advise no traveller will be turned away.

Relevant media statements:

Tasmania

Border controls: 

The Tasmanian Government is currently planning on changing border controls on 24 July 2020.  Until then, all non-essential travellers to Tasmania are required to self-isolate in government-provided accommodation for 14 days.

Transport, freight and logistics are essential travellers - includes “any person who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within and out of Tasmania”.

An Essential Traveller, including truck drivers travelling with their truck, must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form which can be completed beforehand or completed on arrival.

Conditions apply to Essential Travellers.  If you are an Essential Traveller you must:

  • Sleep in a single room and not reside in a shared room or dormitory style accommodation if you are staying overnight
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath and unexpected tiredness;
  • If symptoms develop:
    »          remove yourself from the workplace or public place and self-quarantine;
    »          contact a GP or the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738) to get medical advice or arrange testing;
  • When you are away from your accommodation/room, apply social distancing measures. You must only be within 1.5 metres of another person to:
    » obtain life essential supplies or services that cannot be readily obtained online;
     be tested or assessed for infection by COVID-19, or seek medical advice;or
    » carry out a compassionate purpose eg. to visit a dying close relative in hospital or other care setting, if your Essential Traveller status is based on compassionate grounds.
  • Practice strict cough and sneeze hygiene, including covering mouth and nose, the use and disposal of disposable tissues, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or a hand-sanitizer

Relevant media statements:

Victoria

Border controls: 

Victoria has no restrictions on cross border travel and most internal travel.

As of 11:59pm on 01 July 2020 several suburbs within designated postcodes in the Melbourne metropolitan area have been declared COVID-19 hotspots.  Travel within these areas is restricted to four valid reasons, including work where the work can not be performed at home.  Therefore, road transport is not restricted.  Drivers travelling within the hotspots are advised to carry sufficient evidence demonstrating their work need to be there.

The hotspots declared by the Victorian Government are:

Postcode Suburbs

3012 Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3032 Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042 Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie

3046 Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

3055 Brunswick south, Brunswick west, Moonee vale, Moreland west

3060 Fawkner

3064 Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

Some states and territories have restricted entry to people living or working in these areas.  Anyone potentially affected is strongly advised to check for restrictions before travelling outside Victoria.  It should also be noted that other states and territories may declare different Victorian locations to be hotspots.

Relevant media statements:

Western Australia

Border controls: 

As of 11:59 pm Sunday 05 April 2020 no one will be allowed into Western Australia unless they are exempt.  This replaces the previous restriction on all domestic travellers to WA being required to self-quarantine for 14 days except if they are performing an essential service.

Transport, freight and logistics are exempt.  Transport, freight and logistics is defined as: “any person (other than an airline or maritime crew member) who in the course of their duties is responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics services into and out of Western Australia provided that the person remains in Western Australia for only so long as is reasonably required to perform his or her duties.”

Persons involved in transport, freight and logistics MUST apply for and receive approval to enter WA BEFORE arrival.  Applicants for a freight, transport or logistics exemption are required to explain the reasons for seeking an exemption.  You can apply for an exemption:

  • Online:  Go to the G2G Pass website.  If your exemption is approved you will be issued with a QR code that you can display on your phone or print.  A G2Pass app is also available for iOS and Android devices.
  • By email:  Complete a WA Entry – Request for Approval as an Exempt Traveller form and emailing it WAEntryRequest@police.wa.gov.au.  A person who has made an application must carry the exemption form and proof of having submitted it with them at all times in WA.  You must also carry any additional documentation proof used to support your application.  A failure to have the required documentation risks penalties including imprisonment or a fine of $50 000 for an individual and $250 000 for an organisation.

Road transport operations are recommended to have a documented safety management system in place for managing the COVID-19 risk.

The WA border to be controlled from 1330hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020.  Travellers to WA arriving by road must use a designated road, the Victoria Highway and the Eyre Highway, to drive to a checkpoint.

From 05 Jun 2020 travel is now permitted throughout regional WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities.

Relevant media statements