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Current as at 11am on Friday, 26 February 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; however, 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.
A Declaration Form must be completed by everyone entering the Australian Capital Territory who has recently visited a COVID-19 affected location.
From 11:59pm on 22 February 2021, the list of COVID-19 affected areas has been reduced to specific exposure sites in Victoria.
Freight or transport drivers travelling either into the ACT from an “affected” area for freight or transport service purposes, or ACT based freight or transport drivers travelling into an “affected” area for freight or transport service purposes are exempt from being required to quarantine for 14 days.
From 23 February 2021, there is no border permit required for freight operators. A traveller self-declaration form is only required to be completed if you have been in an interstate affected area in the previous 14 days and enter New South Wales by air or rail.
Freight friendly COVID-19 testing sites continue to be in operation 24 hours a day 7 days a week at:
- Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway map
- Narrabarba rest area, Princes Highway map
- Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway map
- Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway map
- Tarcutta truck change-over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway map
COVID-19 safety plan
Transport freight and logistics operators should have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place to help minimise risk of transmission of COVID-19 on their premises. Operators should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.
A border pass is required to enter the Northern Territory from any other state. Freight workers must complete a Border Entry Form.
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.
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 if you show symptoms, have been in a declared hotspot in the last 14 days, or have been in a hotspot in the 24 hours prior to it being declared a hotspot. Carry evidence of their last test or agree to a test within 24 hours of arriving in the NT) - see below 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.
Freight and logistics operators must have a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (Freight & Logistics) (F Pass) if they have been in an Australian State or Territory with a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days.
From 1.00am on Monday 15 February 2021, 36 Victorian LGAs are declared COVID-19 hotspots.
The Queensland Premier has announced 36 LGAs will be removed from the Queensland list of declared COVID-19 hotspots from 1.00 a.m. on Saturday 27 February 2021.
Please note: At the time of update, the removal of the 36 LGAs from the Declared Hotspots Direction on the Queensland Health webpage is yet to occur.
A pass is valid for 14 days from the day of issue or unless a freight and logistics operators’ circumstances change, whichever is shorter.
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.
If a freight and logistics operator has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland, it is RECOMMENDED that he/she be tested in the 7 day period prior to entering Queensland, and thereafter maintain a rolling 7-day testing cycle while continuing to travel into and out of COVID-19 hotspot.
It is recommended that freight and logistics operators should continue to be tested on a rolling 7-day testing cycle until at least 14 days after being in a hotspot.
A list of COVID-19 testing locations is available here - Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19)
Heavy vehicle drivers do not need to self-isolate while waiting for test results after undergoing an asymptomatic test.
Freight and logistics operators who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Queensland must:
- collect and maintain written records of close contacts for the shorter of 14 days commencing on the date of arrival in Queensland, or until they depart Queensland if the period they remain in Queensland 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.
Queensland resident freight and logistics operators are required to maintain contact records, even while in Queensland 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.
Operational protocol for freight movements entering Queensland (QLD Freight Protocol)
All Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators travelling into South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days prior to arrival.
Prior to completing the Registration, you will need to obtain a letter from your employer or other documentation (naming you as the applicant) which must be attached when making your on-line application.
Please note: Operators with an Approved Essential Traveller Application that is due to expire on any date in February 2021 have automatically had their approval extended for a period of 6 months. There is no requirement to make a new application. Operator whose application expired prior to January 2021 are required to reapply using the current process.
Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators must wear a surgical face mask (covering mouth and nose) in South Australia at any time that they come into contact with the public.
Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators travelling from a “Prohibited or Restricted Location” are required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering SA unless they can provide evidence of a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than 7 days old.
Prohibited or Restricted Locations
- From 12:01am on Friday 26 February 2021, there are no prohibited or restricted locations.
Please note: Police Officers at the border will note whether evidence of a test was sighted or a direction to obtain a test was given.
Commercial Transport and Freight Services (essential travellers) must keep and retain records of close contacts from the date of arrival in South Australia 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).
A close contact is a person you are in the company of within:
(i) 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer; or
(ii) a closed space for a period of 2 hours or longer.
The records required to be kept are the name and phone number or other details of the close contact and the location at which the contact occurred, or if it is not reasonably practical to obtain the details – the time and location at which the contact occurred. 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.
A border pass is required to enter Tasmania from any other state.
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.
Essential Travellers who have spent time in a “medium” or “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.
COVID Safe Plan
Essential Travellers are required to have an accessible copy of their employer’s, or their, COVID Safe plan.
You need to apply for a Victorian Travel Permit to enter Victoria from any other state.
The Victorian permit system is based on traffic lights which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. More information on the zone system can be found here.
From 9:00 pm on Monday 15 February 2021, there are no “Red” or “Orange” zones.
Commercial freight workers are an exempt essential worker category for the purposes of entry to Victoria from a red or orange zone.
Commercial freight workers entering Victoria from a “Red Zone” must get a COVID-19 test once during the first 7 day period and again in the 7 days after that, and follow their permit conditions.
Commercial freight workers entering Victoria under a border permit do not have to go into quarantine or self-isolation after entering Victorian or while waiting for COVID-19 test results and can continue to work in accordance with their COVID Safe Plan.
COVID Safe Plan
Businesses/workplaces must have a COVID Safe Plan in place that is regularly updated.
A border pass is required to enter Western Australia from any other state. This must be completed and submitted prior to travel at the G2G PASS website.
The Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions set out the requirements that apply to transport, freight and logistics drivers immediately after their entry into Western Australia.
From 12.01am on 25 January 2021, Queensland and New South Wales moved from a "medium" risk locations to a "low risk" locations. Victoria remains a restricted (low-risk) location and people entering WA within 14 days of having been in either Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria will be required to self-quarantine, but travellers are no longer required to be an approved traveller to be able to enter WA. Heavy vehicle/freight driver conditions remain unchanged. But for staff needing to travel to WA for operational matters would still need to quarantine for 14 days.
COVID Safe Plan
Transport, freight and logistics operators are encouraged to complete a COVID Safety Plan Transport, Freight and Logistics noting the COVID Safety Guidelines – Transport, Freight and Logistics to ensure they are mitigating the risks of COVID-19.
Freight and Logistics workers travelling to (or operating within) Western Australia 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 5 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.