Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as of 11am Saturday June 2021

The information below is specific to the heavy vehicle industry. It is sourced from, and verified by, the relevant state or territory governments. Please follow the links provided for more detail on the specific requirements. Please note, any application to cross a border is submitted through the relevant state or territory and not through the NHVR. COVID-19 testing sites are also managed by the relevant state or territory health agencies.

Our team are working hard to provide accurate and timely information and will keep this page updated as things change. Updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Latest updates about COVID-19 for the heavy vehicle industry


19 June 2021 - Queensland update

QLD has declared the Waverly Local Government area a Covid-19 Hotspot.

The movement of freight is considered an essential service and operators will be permitted to enter QLD but a valid Freight Border Pass is required and drivers/operators must adhere to the operational protocol for freight movements.

Border passes are valid for 14 days.

19 June 2021 - Queensland travel declaration

The Queensland Government announced the introduction of a Travel Declaration which commenced at 1am Saturday 19 June 2021. This includes essential freight workers.

The Travel Declaration will be used with contact tracing in the event a public health response is required due to COVID-19. 

The declaration system introduces green, amber and red areas, where:

  • green means no travel restrictions
  • amber signifies interstate exposure venues
  • red alerts to a hotspot.

Travellers will be required to check that they have not been in a hotspot and fill out the online declaration up to 72 hours before they enter Queensland. If you are arriving from a declared hotspot you must also apply for a border pass.

To support this, the following Direction and Protocols were created and/or updated to support the introduction of the Travel Declaration:

Queensland Travel Declaration Direction

Introduces the new requirement for anyone entering Queensland from an Australian state or territory without a declared COVID-19 hotspot or on a quarantine free flight from NZ, to complete the new Queensland Travel Declaration. 

A person arriving from New Zealand on a flight that is not determined to be ‘quarantine free’ or by sea must complete the Queensland International Arrivals Registration.

  • The declaration must be completed within the 72-hour period before the person enters Queensland.

  • A declaration is valid for 14 days.

  • An exception is provided for Queensland residents or New South Wales border zone residents who have only been in the New South Wales border zone or Queensland in the previous 14 days and are entering Queensland by road – these people are not required to complete a Queensland Travel Declaration.

Places responsibility on a person to monitor the Queensland Health website for new interstate exposure venues from the time they complete the Declaration until 14 days have passed since they have entered Queensland.

Requires a person to be able to produce a copy of the Declaration upon entry to Queensland, if requested by an emergency officer.

Applies a fine of $1334 for anyone who does not comply with the Direction.

The freight protocol must be adhered to.

National Guidelines

National Cabinet endorsed the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol on 7 August 2020.

Drivers using their fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle to drive to a COVID-19 testing facility are able to utilise the Personal Use Exemption. In this case normal Personal Use Exemption rules apply.

For heavy vehicle testing sites, check the NHVR Map. We will continue to update these heavy vehicle friendly testing sites in our route planner as we receive official advice from individual states.

Please see the latest updates for travel related to COVID-19 outbreaks. Freight movements are largely classified as essential, though drivers may need to carry border passes.

Drivers are reminded to follow relevant health protocols while travelling into any state. These are:

  • practice social distancing where possible
  • keep a list of close contacts
  • carry and use correct PPE
  • follow your COVID-19 safe plan.

For information on entry requirements for each state or territory view the summaries below.


Australian Capital Territory

Is a border pass required? Yes – if you have been in a COVID-19 area of concern in NSW, QLD or VIC. https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/updates/covid-19-areas-of-concern/online-travel-forms

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 you have been in Victoria in the previous 14 days. https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/complete-nsw-entry-declaration-victoria

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No. If drivers wish to voluntarily be tested NSW provide heavy vehicle COVID-19 testing sites.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? For heavy vehicle testing sites, check the NHVR Map or all NSW COVID-19 testing clinics.

More detailed information on New South Wales


Northern Territory

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

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, unless arriving from a restricted area or hotspot.

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

More detailed information on the Northern Territory


Queensland

Is a border pass required? From Saturday 19 June 2021 Yes – if entering Queensland from any other state. https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/travelling-to-queensland

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Should drivers wish to be voluntarily tested, visit this page for available testing sites: 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.

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? No. At the moment there is no specific testing requirement. If testing is required, there has been an allowance of 24 hours available to undertake a test.

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

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. Apply for a G2G pass - https://www.g2gpass.com.au/

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but health screening may be conducted at the border.

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

More detailed information on Tasmania


Victoria

Is a border pass required? Yes, if travelling from a restricted area. https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No.

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

More detailed information on Victoria


Western Australia

Is a border pass required? Yes. Apply for a G2G pass: https://www.g2gpass.com.au/apply

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, unless travelling from a restricted zone

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

More detailed information on Western Australia