Information and resources aimed to help you during the crisis.
Current as of 9am, Monday 1 March 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.
From 1.00 a.m. on Saturday 27 February 2021, a Queensland Border Declaration Pass (Freight & Logistics) (F Pass) is no longer required.
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.
You need to apply for a Victorian Travel Permit to enter Victoria from any other state.
COVID Safe Plan
Businesses/workplaces must have a COVID Safe Plan in place that is regularly updated.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 (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.