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COVID-19 Updates and Information

Updated Wed 29 September

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

28 Sep - QLD Mandatory vaccinations update

Queensland has announced changes to the entry requirements and freight protocol commencing 15 October.

  • A valid Freight and logistics (F-Pass) and Covid safe plan will be required. Close contact lists will be required to be maintained.
  • Evidence of a negative Covid-19 test not more than 7 days old will be required.
  • To enter QLD from 15 October, evidence of a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be required.
  • To enter QLD from 15 November evidence of a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine OR evidence of an appointment to receive a second dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be required.
  • The requirement to show evidence of a Covid-19 test not more than 72 hour old will be dropped, but a rolling 7 day negative testing requirement will remain.

HV Vaccination sites established

A dedicated pop-up HV vaccination site will begin operation today 28 September at Tugun between Boyd Street and Kitchener Street. Operating hours will be 8am to 8pm daily.

A second site will open at the Goondiwindi showground later this week – operating hours will be provided once confirmed once known.

We encourage all drivers to take advantage of the HV vaccination sites available for industry.

 

24 Sep - VIC Suspension of truck curfews

Victoria have extended the suspension of truck curfews to support deliveries to pharmacies and supermarkets across the state.

The extension is effective until 11.59pm 5 November 2021. It may be extended further if the lookdown period is extended.

 

24 Sep - QLD New compliance infrastructure at Billinga

The Heavy Vehicle COVID Compliance Checkpoint at Billinga has had new infrastructure installed. Oversize vehicles must use the right hand lane to avoid contact. The heavy vehicle pad has now been closed to oversize vehicles, if meeting a pilot an alternative location should be sought.

 

24 Sep - Important Advice for Essential Freight workers travelling to SA

Commercial Transport and Freight Workers who have been in NSW, ACT or Victoria (Restricted Zone) who are arriving by road or rail - Must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before entering South Australia, or will be directed to undertake a point-of-care antigen based test and/or a COVID-19 test within 12 hours of entering the State of SA. A negative rolling 7 day test regime must be maintained if remaining in SA.

As at 12.01am Monday 27 September 2021, commercial transport and freight workers arriving by road must have evidence of at least one TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination. 

For commercial transport and freight workers coming into South Australia from an Unrestricted Zone (all other states) must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days before arrival. All other Cross Border Travel Restrictions remain in place. 

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

 

23 Sep - VIC vaccination requirements for specified worker permits

From 11.59pm 23 September, freight drivers with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits entering Victoria from red or extreme risk zones, will require evidence of one of the following:

  1. at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  2. having booked in to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before 11.59pm on 7 October 2021
  3. a medical exemption evidenced by a medical practitioner.

From 11:59pm on 7 October, all freight workers entering Victoria from red or extreme risk zones will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (or have a medical exemption evidenced by a medical practitioner) to be eligible for the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit. 

If a freight worker needs to apply for a new permit after 23 September, they will be required to have at least a first vaccination.

Read the requirements for vaccination on Victoria’s Coronavirus website.

 

 


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? Yes.

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.

Border crossing requirements when entering QLD.

Essential freight and logistics operators can enter QLD under the Freight Pass (F pass), and if they are compliant with the current testing regime and are working in accordance with the QLD freight protocol they are not required to show evidence of having a first dose of vaccine. They must adhere to the testing requirements of a negative Covid test not more than 7 days old and a rolling testing regime of every 7 days if coming from a hotspot.

If arriving from an LGA area of concern then evidence of a test being undertaken within the last 72 hours is also required

Freight Pass (F) applications

Essential freight operators that are only operating between QLD and the NSW border zone, and that have not been to a declared hotspot within the last 14 days, can either

Border zone pass (X) applications - If border zone pass holders travel outside of the border zone they must comply with the mandatory testing requirements of the freight protocol.

All drivers will need to carry evidence of the testing and or vaccination history subject to their choice of border pass.

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

 

Commercial Transport and Freight (Furniture Removalists) - entering South Australia from ACT or VIC must:

Commercial Transport and Freight - entering South Australia from NSW must:

Note: These two sections are only applicable to Essential Travellers not normally resident in a restricted zone.

Commercial Transport and Freight - entering South Australia from ACT, VIC and QLD must:

Self isolating in your cab or an appropriate place of accommodation is acceptable if remaining in SA until a negative test result is received. Mandatory quarantine is not required for essential freight workers that adhere to this protocol.

 

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.