NSW/Victoria Border Closure Update

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NatRoad is working with Transport for NSW to resolve issues around the introduction of permits for the freight industry for entry into NSW from Victoria arising from the recent border closure. Thanks to members for the practical feedback.

After reviewing the criteria for critical services permits yesterday, NSW is creating an additional permit, to better support critical workers in the Freight and Transport sector and to clarify terms and conditions.

This permit will allow people within the freight and transport industry to be able to travel between NSW and Victoria for the purpose of their duties, providing their employer has a COVID-19 Safety Plan and will not require them to self-isolate. Access our COVID-19 workplace risk assessment template and COVID-19 Workplace Policy on our website.

The NSW Government has commenced the development of the new permit, which will be live through Service NSW by close of business today, Thursday 9 July.

In the meantime, Freight and Transport workers will still require the current critical services permit to enter NSW, but will not be held to account for any form of self-isolation. We are working to ensure the smooth facilitation of this change over the next 24 hours.

Consistent with the need to prepare a COVID-19 Safety Plan, Transport for NSW is asking freight operators to be conscious of the significantly increased health risk in Victoria, to please take extra care and ensure that you are vigilant in practicing physical distancing, minimising contact and maintaining good hygiene practices to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.  Any employees displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not be required to come to work.

While all efforts are being made to ensure freight moves as efficiently as possible, operators are encouraged to plan ahead as some delays may be experienced and to factor this into fatigue management plans. You can see the latest traffic information at https://www.livetraffic.com/. 

Should you need assistance please reach out to our experienced advisors on
(02) 6295 3000 or email info@natroad.com.au.