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COVID-19 Updates and Information

Updated 3pm Monday 26 July 2021

Throughout the pandemic, freight has been largely exempt from border restrictions. It is important to keep on top of the latest requirements in order to keep yourself safe and the wheels turning. You will find a range of useful links below to help navigate the constantly changing world we live in. If you have any questions we are here to help on 1300 859 850 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm AEST)

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Latest Updates

24 July - NSW update

NSW has added the local government area’s of Blacktown and Cumberland to areas of concern and will now be subject to the same 3 day testing requirements as Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown for authorised workers. Essential freight is classified as authorised.

NSW have moved to ensure the 5 Heavy Vehicle testing sites are now manned 24 hours.

For more information, view the Transport for NSW - 24 July update.

23 July - QLD Border testing update

Queensland has announced that the mandatory testing requirement for entry into Queensland will not come into effect until 30 July to allow drivers a chance to develop a testing plan.

Please read the Department of Transport and Main Roads 30 July mandatory testing for freight and logistics operators and note the updated freight protocol.

Mandatory testing will help to keep our essential drivers, their families, and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19.


Australian Capital Territory

Is a border pass required? No – exemptions are in place for essential freight workers. https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act/travel-directions-in-the-act/standing-exemptions-including-transiting

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but it is recommended. 

More detailed information on the ACT 


New South Wales

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering New South Wales from any other state. https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/border-restrictions

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes, mandatory testing is dependent on your area of travel

Workers in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown and Cumberland

Freight workers as described in the authorised workers list can leave their homes or temporary accommodation to work. If you leave the local government area of Fairfield as an authorised worker you must follow the COVID testing requirements of once every 72 hours (3 days). 

Freight deliveries into these five LGAs is also permitted. Workers who enter these LGAs that do not live in these LGAs or do not stay in temporary accommodation are not required to meet the 72 hour testing requirement.

Workers from Greater Sydney (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong) must not enter work premises that are more than 50km outside Greater Sydney unless they have:

Tests are not required for transiting through greater Sydney

Freight workers working outside of Greater Sydney who do not have symptoms are not required to test unless they have been to a venue of concern/visited an exposure location

For more information, view the Transport for NSW update - COVID-19 testing requirements.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? NSW COVID-19 testing sites. The following sites are open and manned 24 hours.

Other important information

More detailed information on New South Wales


Northern Territory

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering the Northern Territory from any other state. https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes, on a rolling seven-day basis if arriving from a restricted area or hotspot, or produce evidence of a negative test not more than seven days old.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Northern Territory testing facilities

Other important information

More detailed information on the Northern Territory


Queensland

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering Queensland from any other state. https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass/freight-and-logistics

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Queensland Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19). Select the filter "Transport and logistics worker testing" to find a location where you can be tested free of charge.

For more information see Department of Transport and Main Roads Mandatory COVID-19 testing for freight and logistics operators.

More detailed information on Queensland


South Australia

Is a border pass required? Yes – all travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Application at least 72 hours prior to arrival. https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes, all essential travellers arriving in SA from a restricted zone, will be required to have a test within the first 24 hours of arrival if a negative test not more than 48 hours old cannot be produced.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? South Australia COVID-19 Clinics and Testing Centres

Other important information

More detailed information on South Australia


Tasmania

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering Tasmania from any other state. All travellers are required to provide travel details on arrival. https://www.g2gpass.com.au/

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes, a test must be undertaken on a rolling seven-day basis if travelling from a restricted area or hotspot or produce evidence of a negative test not more than seven days old. 

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Tasmania Testing for COVID-19

Other important information

More detailed information on Tasmania


Victoria

Is a border pass required? Yes – if travelling from a restricted area. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system#permit-zones

All essential freight workers travelling to Victoria require a letter from their employer stating that the nature of their travel is essential. Essential workers that have visited an area of high concern will not be able to enter.

Information on essential worker status and border pass applications

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes, if travelling from a designated hotspot.

All workers who enter Victoria on a Specified Worker (Low Workplace Interaction) permit must be tested for COVID-19:

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Victoria testing for COVID-19

Two additional COVID testing stations have been set up on the major Hume Freeway route from Victoria to New South Wales. These testing sites have limited capacity and complement freight friendly testing sites established in New South Wales.

These sites have been established to provide COVID-19 testing for drivers who are unable to be tested during normal business hours (i.e. shift work, work breaks and schedules). Testing of family members should be undertaken at the many testing sites available around Victoria, so as not to affect the number of drivers who can be tested. These sites should not be used as a meeting place for family members.

To ensure that we can increased industry demand for testing we urge drivers and other workers to utilise the existing community testing facilities where possible.

Other important information

More detailed information on Victoria


Western Australia

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering Western Australia from any other state. https://www.g2gpass.com.au/

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required?Yes. If travelling from a restricted zone. You will need to present for a test within 48 hours of arrival or show evidence of a negative test within the last 5 days.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Western Australia COVID clinics

Other important information

More detailed information on Western Australia


National Heavy Vehicle Regulator 

NHVR COVID-19 response page

COVID Testing Sites Map

Click on the handy map below to see truck friendly COVID testing sites and rest stops (courtesy of the NHVR).

Health and Safety Tips

Contactless Delivery

Contactless delivery is highly encouraged and should be used wherever possible, this means:


Health and Hygiene Advice

As we all work to fight the spread of coronavirus and help flatten the curve, it is essential to follow good hygiene practices in your day to day life. 

Australian Government Department of Health suggests that to practice good hygiene you:


COVID-19 Online Infection Control Training

You can register for the online training module here.