Current as at 9.00 a.m. Monday 21 September 2020

Renewed outbreaks of COVID-19 have prompted significant 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 things evolve.

ACT   NSW   NT   QLD   SA   TAS   VIC   WA

 

LATEST UPDATES - Monday 21 September 2020 (Important changes to note)

NEW SOUTH WALES 

From Monday 21 September, the operation of the Pop-up testing facilities at Narrandera and Tarcutta will change. From 9.00 am to 4.00 pm each day, staff will be on-site to conduct tests.  From 4.00 pm to 9.00 am a telehealth service will be available.  Telehealth involves off-site medical staff supporting freight workers to carry out tests. Freight workers are able to contact medical staff via your own device and will be supervised and supported while they take a test themselves.

 Testing facility locations:

  • Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway.
  • Tarcutta truck change over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway.

 From Monday 21 September a new Pop-up testing facility is available at the Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway. Hours of operation are 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

STATE UPDATES - 21 September 2020

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 

A border pass is required if entering ACT from Victoria.

  • Freight and logistics operators must apply for an exemption at least 48 hours (wherever possible) before your intended travel date.
  • PPE is not mandatory in the ACT.
  • Transiting through the ACT for the purposes of freight is currently exempt.

More information for the ACT

NEW SOUTH WALES

A border pass is required if entering NSW from Victoria.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing every seven 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.

 Pop-up testing facilities and their hours of operation are:

  • Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway — Open 24 hours per day 7 days a week.
  • From 9.00 am to 4.00 pm each day, staff will be on-site to conduct tests.  From 4.00 pm to 9.00 am a telehealth service will be available. 
  • Tarcutta truck change over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway — Open 24 hours per day 7 days a week.
  • From 9.00 am to 4.00 pm each day, staff will be on-site to conduct tests.  From 4.00 pm to 9.00 am a telehealth service will be available. 
  • Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway. Open 9.00am to 3.00pm

Telehealth involves off-site medical staff supporting freight workers to carry out tests. Freight workers are able to contact medical staff via your own device and will be supervised and supported while they take a test themselves.

COVID-19 Safety 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. The COVID-19 Safety Plan must address all of the actions raised in the COVID-19 Safety checklist for moving freight.

  • All freight drivers should apply for a border pass under the exemption category “Critical services – movement of freight or persons on a commercial basis”. Apply for a COVID-19 NSW border entry permit.
  • The freight industry is excused from requirements to self-isolate, provided the business has a COVID-Safe plan in place.
  • COVID-Safe plans and guidelines to assist the industry are also available to align with this additional permit – COVID-19 Safety Plan - Transport freight and logistics operations
  •  It is recommended that all essential workers wear a facemask.
  • COVID-19 testing every seven 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.

COVID-19 Safety Plan
New South Wales testing for COVID-19
More information for New South Wales

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY 

A border pass is required to enter the Northern Territory from any other state.

  • Freight workers entering the NT 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 the freight worker will be issued a Certificate of Agreement that will be valid for a period of time specified on the certificate.
  • Freight workers will need to show their Certificate of Agreement at the border and complete a Border Entry Form every time they enter the NT.
  • Freight workers will not be permitted entry without their Certificate of Agreement.
  • By completing a Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan freight workers 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
    • 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
  • Call the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002 to arrange a testing. You can get a test in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Nhulunbuy.
  • Latest advice on Exemption to Quarantine
  • NT declared list of COVID-19 hotspots

Northern Territory testing for COVID-19
More information for the Northern Territory

QUEENSLAND

A dedicated “F” essential worker border pass is required for freight workers to enter Queensland from any other state which must be renewed every seven days. Apply for the Queensland Freight Pass here.

COVID-19 testing

Queensland Chief Health Officer (CHO) has issued advice encouraging any freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot to have their drivers tested for COVID-19, within 7 days of their arrival in Queensland and maintain a weekly testing regime while they travel through hotspots.

  • Pop up fever clinics are specialist clinics managed by Queensland Hospital and Health Services that assess people who may be infected with COVID-19.
  • No appointment is needed to get a COVID-19 test at these 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 8.30 am to 4 pm, seven days a week are located at:

    • Wallangarra, just over the Queensland-New South Wales border at the Driver Reviver Rest Area.

    • Goondiwindi, just over the Queensland-New South Wales border at the Caltex Truckstop on Boundary Road.

    • BP Westbound Truckstop at Charlton, just west of Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway.

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

  • A COVID-Safe plan and PPE are not required to be carried in Queensland, though you should refer to the latest advice from state health authorities for any changes.
  • All drivers should adhere to additional health regulations:
    • Self-isolate in truck or accommodation when not working
    • Keep records of close contacts for 14 days
    • Agree to be tested if symptoms develop

Apply for the Freight Pass here

Queensland Hotspots List

More information about Border Restrictions

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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

COVID-19 testing

Essential freight workers will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival and again on day 12 if they remain in the state unless they can provide, to a requesting officer, evidence of a test or test results from the preceding 7 days.

South Australia testing for COVID-19

  • 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 72 hours 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.
  • 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

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

COVID-19 testing

An essential traveller who has spent time in a designated NSW hotspot or any part of Victoria in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test on arrival at air and seaports. There will be medical and or nursing staff at the ports to conduct the testing.

  • Any visitors who have spent time in Victoria in the 14 days prior to travel are not permitted to travel to Tasmania.
  • Essential travellers from Victoria will still be able to apply to travel to Tasmania for a specified purpose. This category includes freight and logistics.
  • All travellers will still be required to provide travel details on arrival. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS.
  • A COVID Safe plan is mandatory.

Tasmania testing for COVID-19

More information for Tasmania

 

VICTORIA

No border pass is required to enter Victoria

COVID-19 testing

There is no publicly available testing for freight operators who are asymptomatic. Freight operators can arrange for private asymptomatic testing with private pathology laboratories. Drivers who are asymptomatic and have their tests through a private laboratory are NOT required to self-isolate while waiting for their results.

Freight operators travelling within metropolitan Melbourne still need to comply with stage 4 directions including having an appropriate COVID-safe plan and permitted worker permit.

Worker Permit Scheme

Employers requiring employees to attend a worksite must issue a worker permit to their employees.

Permitted Worker Guidelines, Worker Permit Scheme and Permitted Worker Permit

More information about the Worker Permit for heavy vehicle industry workers can be found here

COVID Safe Plan

Businesses/workplaces that are permitted to continue to operate under Stage 4 restrictions must have a COVID Safe Plan. Businesses with less than 5 employees are exempt.

COVID Safe Plan

Facemasks

  • Facemasks are mandatory across 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.

Face covering rules in Victoria
Victoria testing for COVID-19
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