Current as at 9.00 a.m. Monday 23 November 2020

The COVID-19 cluster in South Australia has prompted changes to border requirements across Australia. NatRoad is working hard to keep abreast of the changes and provide the most accurate and timely information; and we will endeavour to keep members informed as changes occur.

ACT   NSW   NT   QLD   SA   TAS   VIC   WA

 

LATEST UPDATES - Monday 23 November 2020 (Important changes to note)

 

Victoria

From 23 November 2020, the Border Crossing Permit Scheme Directions issued by the Victorian Chief Health Officer apply.

The Directions require individuals to hold a permit to enter Victoria from South Australia unless they live in the 70-kilometre cross-border bubble, and unless they have an exemption. Service Victoria has put in place a permit system to allow individuals who have been in South Australia to enter Victoria. This includes all Victorian and interstate truck drivers.

The application for a Victorian Border Entry Permit is available at the Services Victoria website: https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

Permits are required for all drivers, but testing for people coming from the Amber Zone (metro Adelaide) is voluntary. Permits can be printed or on device.

Freight Victoria will continue to consult with industry, to ensure any issues or questions can be worked through collectively. For more information go to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/south-australian-border-permit

 

South Australia

The Emergency Direction (Cross Border Direction No.18) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and has been replaced with Emergency Direction (Cross Border Direction No.19) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Cross Border Direction No.19 comes into effect from Sunday 22 November 2020. The new Direction removes the requirement for a Commercial Transport and Freight traveller to produce to an authorised officer evidence of a COVID-19 test or result.

Further updates from the SA authorities will be advised once received.

 

New South Wales

NSW / Victorian border opening 

From 23 November 2020, the border between NSW and Victoria will reopen and freight or critical services workers will no longer be required to hold a valid Border Entry Permit.

Border entry requirements for COVID-19 Area of Concern (SA)

From 19 November 2020, Public Health (COVID-19 – South Australia) Order 2020 came into effect.

Affected persons who enter NSW must complete an Interstate Traveller Self-Declaration form which is a new declaration issued by the Chief Health Officer.

The form must be completed within the 24 hours before you enter NSW or on entering NSW.

A person will not be permitted to enter NSW if they are not a NSW resident and if in the last 14 days they have been to a COVID-19 Area of Concern. The current COVID-19 Areas of Concern are discrete locations such as schools and a hospital emergency department.

If a person is a NSW resident and has been to a COVID-19 Area of Concern, they are considered a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and must self-isolate in accordance with the NSW Self-Isolation Public Health Order.

A person will be permitted to enter NSW if they are travelling through NSW via the most direct route to a place outside NSW.

Drivers transiting through NSW are permitted to rest en route if this is necessary to safely complete their journey, but should avoid contact with other people if they have been directed to self-isolate.

However, any freight deliveries they make within NSW en route immediately voids this as a transit arrangement and they would therefore need to comply with the above rules.

How to complete the Interstate Traveller Self-Declaration Form

The Interstate Traveller Self-Declaration form requires the following information:

  • Name;
  • Email address and phone number;
  • Every address the person stayed at in the past 14 days in SA;
  • Address the person will be staying at in NSW - if a driver is staying in a rest area they will need to select the manual entry option and enter the rest area name and suburb;
  • Whether or not the person has in the last 14 days been to a COVID-19 area of concern;
  • Whether or not the person’s travel is restricted under a direction by SA and the details;
  • Number of dependent children under the age of 16 travelling with the person;
  • Date of arrival in NSW;
  • Date of departure (if they are not a NSW resident).

Anyone filling out the declaration form should provide their permanent residential address in the residential address section (i.e. the home address they will return to once they have completed their freight activities).

Important information

  • An affected person must carry evidence of their interstate traveller self-declaration while in NSW.
  • An affected person must produce evidence to an enforcement officer if requested.
  • An affected person must provide information to NSW contact tracers if requested to do so.

All freight and transport operators and their staff are urged to be aware of the increased health risk in South Australia, so please take extra care and be vigilant about physical distancing, minimising contact with others and maintaining good hygiene to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

 

Queensland

From 11.59pm on Monday 16 November 2020, 20 local government areas in South Australia were declared as hotspots.

Under the Border Restrictions Direction, anyone entering Queensland who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days will be turned around at the border, except for those with permitted purposes.

However due to low risk, a class exemption has been published for people who were in a South Australia hotspot between 2 – 8 November 2020.

This means they may enter Queensland and are exempt from quarantine.

The dates and general requirements for people who have been in a South Australia hotspot are set out below.

Date in South Australia

Requirement

2 – 8 November

Class exemption applies – upload class exemption with border pass application

9 – 16 November

People should get tested and should quarantine, either in their own home, self-arranged accommodation or a hotel.

17 November ­– current date

People can only enter Queensland for permitted purposes and must go into mandatory hotel quarantine.

 

Border conditions by State as at Monday 23 November 2020

 

Australian Capital Territory

From Monday 23 November 2020, the ACT will reopen its border with Victoria.

While the ACT-South Australia border remains open at this time, no one should be travelling between the ACT and South Australia unless for essential purposes.

If you have been in South Australia in the past 14 days, you must complete an online declaration to be permitted to enter the ACT, prior to entry. The online declaration must be completed within 24 hours prior to travel and is available here

https://act-health.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/4

 

New South Wales

A border pass is required if entering NSW from South Australia (i.e. COVID-19 Area of Concern).

·     COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing every 7 days is encouraged, but not mandatory, as part of a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Freight workers who do not have any symptoms who have been tested for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate while waiting for test results, provided your employer has a COVID-Safe plan in place.

Testing locations and operating hours are:

  • Narrabarba rest area, Princes Highway.  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway.  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Tarcutta truck change over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Each of these sites will provide a Telehealth service when testing sites are not staffed. Telehealth involves off-site medical staff supporting heavy vehicle drivers to carry out their COVID-19 tests. Heavy vehicle drivers will contact medical staff via video using their own device and will be supervised and supported while they take a test themselves.

The freight industry is excused from requirements to self-isolate, provided the business has a COVID-Safe plan in place.

New South Wales testing for COVID-19

·     COVIDSafe Plan

Workers moving freight on a commercial basis will not be required to self-isolate but must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and follow it at all times.

·     Border permit

Affected persons who enter NSW must complete an Interstate Traveller Self-Declaration form which is a new declaration issued by the Chief Health Officer. An “affected person” is defined as a person aged 16 or over who has been in South Australia within the previous 14 days.

The form must be completed 24 hours before you enter NSW or on entering NSW.

A person will not be permitted to enter NSW if they are not a NSW resident and if in the last 14 days they have been to a COVID-19 Area of Concern. The current COVID-19 Areas of Concern are discrete locations such as schools and a hospital emergency department. 

More information for New South Wales

 

Northern Territory

·     Border permit

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

·     COVID-19 testing

A COVID-19 test is required every seven days. If you arrive at the border without a test, border authorities will still permit you to enter if you can provide evidence that you have booked a test at one of the approved testing facilities listed.

Call the COVID-19 Hotline to arrange a testing on 1800 008 002. You can get a test in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Nhulunbuy.

From Tuesday September 29 a new testing station is available at 15 Tandem St, Wishart. To book a test please call us on 0448 582 731, Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm to make a booking. View the factsheet for more information.

Northern Territory testing facilities

·     COVID Safe Plan

Drivers of a freight vehicle that has a Gross Vehicle Mass of over 4.5 tonnes must complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.

If approved you will be issued a Certificate of Agreement that will be valid for a period of time specified on the certificate. You will need to show the Certificate of Agreement at the border and complete a Border Entry Form every time you enter the NT. You will then be committed to working under the plan while in the NT.

You will not be permitted entry without your Certificate of Agreement.

By completing a Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan you agree to comply with all conditions attached to this plan including:

  • Practice physical distancing
  • Quarantine if been in a hotspot
  • Undertake a COVID-19 test every seven days, and carrying evidence of the last test - see below contact detail for testing sites
  • Maintaining a log of movements and close contacts
  • Carrying adequate PPE including gloves, face masks and hand sanitiser.

If freight workers have been in a declared hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering the NT, they must agree to quarantine in suitable accommodation when not working in the NT.

Latest advice on Exemption to Quarantine

NT declared list of COVID-19 hotspots

More detailed information on the Northern Territory

 

Queensland

·         Border permit

Freight and logistics workers (heavy vehicle drivers) MUST have a valid Qld Border Declaration Pass (Freight & Logistics) which has been completed by the person named on the pass as it is a personal declaration. A pass issued after Friday 30 October 2020, will be VALID for a 14-day period.

·         COVID Safe Plan

Heavy vehicle drivers MUST have an accessible copy of their employer’s or the operator's COVID Safe Workplan.  Queensland will recognise other States’ plans.

·         COVID-19 testing

If entering Qld from a hotspot, it is RECOMMENDED that the heavy vehicle driver is tested in the 7 day period prior to entering Qld, and thereafter maintain a rolling 7-day testing cycle while continuing to travel into and out of hotspots.

Heavy vehicle drivers should continue to be tested on a rolling 7-day testing cycle until at least 14 days after being in a hotspot.

No appointment is needed to get a COVID-19 test at pop-up fever clinics. The testing sites can be accessed by trucks and offer convenient testing for heavy vehicle operators. Drive-in test sites are open from 8.30am to 4.00pm, seven days a week are located at:

  • Wallangarra, just over the Queensland-New South Wales border at the Driver Reviver Rest Area. Open from 8.30am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week
  • Goondiwindi, just over the Queensland-New South Wales border at the Caltex Truckstop on Boundary Road. Open from 11.30am to 7.00pm, 7 days a week
  • BP Westbound Truckstop at Charlton, just west of Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway. Open from 8.30am to 4.00pm, seven days a week

Heavy vehicle drivers do not need to self-isolate while waiting for test results after undergoing an asymptomatic test.

Queensland Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19)

·       Record keeping

Heavy vehicle drivers who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Qld must:

  • collect and maintain written records of close contacts for the shorter of 14 days commencing on the date of arrival in Qld, or until they depart Qld if the period they remain in Qld is less than 14 days; and
  • collect and maintain the records at all times while a person is in Queensland in connection with a freight and logistics activity, even if off duty.

Qld resident heavy vehicle drivers are required to maintain contact records, even while in Qld and off duty, whether or not between shifts, until 14 days has passed since they were last in a COVID-19 hotspot.

Records cannot be kept in electronic or written work diary. A supplementary worksheet or other electronic or written document should be used for maintaining records.

Template for Close Contact Records

·       Self-isolation/Quarantine requirements

Queensland residents

Freight and logistics workers who are Qld residents are now NOT REQUIRED to self-isolate / quarantine while off shift/duty as long as they comply with the Public Health Directions.

When on duty they must:

  • have no or minimal close contact with the Qld community, including at truck rest stops, roadhouses, manned border crossings, depots; and
  • only exit the vehicle to access rest stop facilities, refuelling, and activities directly related to the delivery or loading of freight or to meet required regulation activities such as workplace health and safety or fatigue management; and
  • follow all COVID-19 related instructions at any location attended; and
  • use non-contact receipt and collection processes for freight, where available.

Non-Queensland residents

Freight and logistics workers who are non-Qld residents must:

  • only remain in Qld for the time necessary to complete the essential activity i.e. the freight task; and
  • have no or minimal close contact with the Qld community, including at truck rest stops, roadhouses, manned border crossings, depots; and
  • only exit the vehicle to access rest stop facilities, refuelling, and activities directly related to the delivery or loading of freight or to meet required regulation activities such as workplace health and safety or fatigue management; and
  • follow all COVID-19 related instructions at any location attended; and
  • use non-contact receipt and collection processes for freight, where available; and
  • stay at overnight accommodation only when necessary in order to fulfil fatigue management requirements.

Recreational activities are not part of an essential activity and must not be undertaken by non-Qld freight and logistics workers to whom the QLD Freight Protocol applies.

Operational protocol for freight movements entering Queensland

Queensland Declared list of current COVID-19 hotspots

More information for Queensland

 

South Australia

·     Border permit

A border pass is required to enter South Australia from any other state. Only essential travellers, including essential freight workers, will be able to enter South Australia from Victoria.

You need to complete the cross border pre-approval form at least 14 days prior to your arrival.

If you are an essential freight worker, you will need to provide evidence in your cross border travel registration form, including a letter from your employer stating the duties required to be undertaken and details of the locations, ABN number and your name and address.

·     COVID-19 testing

Cross Border Direction No.19 comes into effect from Sunday 22 November 2020. The new Direction removes the requirement for a Commercial Transport and Freight traveller to produce to an authorised officer evidence of a COVID-19 test or result.

·     Record keeping

An essential freight worker must keep and retain records of close contacts for a 14 day period commencing on 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).

·     Facemasks

All essential freight workers who are residents of Victoria must wear a facemask when entering South Australia and self-quarantine in their truck or other private arrangements when not undertaking work-related duties.

·     Interstate drivers required to self-isolate while working in South Australia may still use truck stop facilities as long as they continue to follow the required health protocols. 

More information for South Australia

 

Tasmania

·     Border permit

A border pass is required to enter Tasmania from any other state.

From Monday 26 October 2020, the areas where travellers have spent time prior to arriving in Tasmania determine the conditions for their entry into the State. Areas are assessed as either low, medium or high-risk dependent upon the number of COVID-19 cases or level of community transmission in those areas, and subject to Public Health advice.

Essential Travellers should apply for a pass  at least seven (7) days prior to arrival in Tasmania via the G2G PASS system. Persons responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics are category 3 essential travellers.

·     COVID-19 testing

Essential Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake health screening on arrival and a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival at one of the current testing sites within the State.

Tasmania testing for COVID-19

A COVID Safe plan is mandatory.

More information for Tasmania

 

Victoria

A border pass is required to enter Victoria from South Australia.

·     Border permit

Application for a Victorian Border Entry Permit can be made here https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

·     COVID-19 testing

Testing locations and operating hours are:

  • Nhill Trailer Exchange, Western Highway (between McKenzie Ave & Ervins Rd) - from Friday 20 November 2020 until approximately Friday 27 November 2020.  Open 6.00pm to 2.00am. 
  • Datmoor Truck Stop, 2.8km west of Dartmoor, Princess Hwy, Winnap - from Saturday 21 November 2020 until approximately Friday 27 November 2020.  Open 11.00am to 6.30pm.
  • Edenhope Racecourse, Wimmera Highway (MacKenzies Road corner) - from Saturday 21 November 2020 until approximately Friday 27 November 2020.  Open 2.00pm to 10.00pm.
  • Portland Nelson Road, opposite the Nelson Aeroplane Company - from Friday 20 November 2020 until approximately Friday 27 November 2020.  Open 11.00am to 6.30pm.

Testing for asymptomatic freight operators is now available at more than 193 other sites across Victoria. Locations of testing sites is accessible at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested .

All freight operators travelling into South Australia are able to access these testing sites which have been established to support South Australia in ensuring freight operators meet its mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements.

Drivers who are asymptomatic are NOT required to self-isolate while waiting for their results.

·     Worker Permit Scheme

From Monday 9 November 2020, workers do not need permits to travel to work anywhere in Victoria.

·     COVID Safe Plan

All businesses, including freight operators, must have a COVID Safe Plan.

COVID Safe Plan

·     Facemasks

Face covering rules in Victoria

-      Facemasks are mandatory across of Victoria when in public.

-      If a driver is travelling in a vehicle by themselves, they are permitted to remove the face mask while in their vehicle.

More information for Victoria

 

Western Australia

A border pass is required to enter Western Australia from any other state.

The quickest way to apply for an exemption is via the G2G PASS.

·     COVID-19 testing

Any transport or freight worker (exempt traveller) entering Western Australia will need to show evidence of having received a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 5 days. If they have not been tested in the last 7 days, they will be directed at the WA border to undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours.

They will also need to present for another COVID-19 test within 7 days of their first test if they are staying in WA.

Truck drivers must retain evidence of every test they have for COVID-19 and must produce that evidence for inspection if requested by an authorised officer or certain healthcare workers.

Western Australia testing for COVID-19

·     COVID Safe Plan

Transport, freight and logistics operators are encouraged to complete a COVID Safety Plan noting the COVID Safety Plan Guidelines, to ensure they are mitigating the risks of COVID-19.

More information for Western Australia