Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as at 1pm Wednesday 28 July 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.

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

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28 July - NSW testing site update

Since mandatory testing has been introduced, there have been unprecedented numbers of freight workers access testing services. The highest numbers have been at Taree, Tarcutta and Narrandera. 

In response to the increased demand, Transport for NSW has increased the provision of assisted testing services by pathology staff at the major sites, instead of telehealth services previously in place. These will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information, view Transport for NSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry.

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.

The QLD Freight Protocol has been updated in response to changes in the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 28) and Queensland Border Declaration pass requirements (Freight and logistics). These updates will also come into effect from 1am Friday 23 July 2021.

Mandatory COVID-19 testing

Mandatory testing regimes will be in place for freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from QLD declared COVID-19 hotspots.

If you are asymptomatic and undertaking mandatory COVID-19 testing as a freight and logistics operator, you are not required to isolate while awaiting a test result.

If you are symptomatic or tested for any reason other than as a freight and logistics operator, you must continue to follow all relevant public health advice, including isolating until a negative test result is received and you are symptom-free.

*New* COVID-19 Affected Areas and testing

As defined in the updated QLD Freight Protocol, an Affected Area means the local government areas of Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown and Cumberland in New South Wales.

  • Freight and logistics drivers who have left the confines of the heavy vehicle in an Affected Area must:
    • get tested and receive a negative test result in the 7 days prior to entering Queensland, and 
    • be able to provide evidence of a test being undertaken in the 72 hours immediately prior to entering Queensland.
  • You must maintain a rolling 3-day testing cycle until you leave Queensland or 14 days have passed since you were in the Affected Area, whichever is shorter.

Evidence must be made available in order to enter Queensland. 

COVID-19 hotspots and testing

  • Freight and logistics drivers entering Queensland from declared COVID-19 hotspots must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of entering Queensland.
  • You must maintain a rolling 7-day routine testing cycle while you continue to travel into and out of declared COVID-19 hotspots.
  • You must be able to provide evidence that you have been tested.
  • From 1am Friday 23 July 2021 all of New South Wales will be a QLD declared COVID-19 hotspot, along with the current QLD hotspots of South Australia and Victoria.

Evidence of testing

  • You must be able to provide evidence of your compliance with the testing requirements under the QLD Freight Protocol.
  • You may at any time be requested to provide that evidence to an emergency officer (public health).
  • An SMS text message, email or written confirmation from the testing organisation can be evidence that a test has been taken.

COVID-19 testing locations

To support industry in maintaining mandatory testing the NHVR COVID-19 Support Map provides details of dedicated heavy vehicle driver testing sites across states and territories.

Queensland Government will continue to look at options that might be suitable for heavy vehicles and will provide further updates as necessary.

Freight and logistics operators can be tested at Queensland Health fever testing clinics.

Find a Queensland COVID-19 testing location.

Operators can show their ID card and valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (FPass) to health workers when they arrive to be prioritised for testing. Costs may be incurred if operators go to a private testing facility.

Border declarations and passes

Travelling in and around Queensland without the necessary documentation will cost you $4,135. Queensland Police and TMR Transport Inspectors are actively monitoring Queensland border crossing locations.

The Queensland Border Declaration system is being updated, further information will be provided in the coming days.

Queensland Border Declaration Pass (FPass)

  • Freight and logistics operators entering Queensland who have been in a QLD declared Affected Area are required to apply for a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (FPass) every time you enter Queensland after being in an Affected Area.

Example: A freight and logistics operator who will be travelling between an affected area and Queensland several times within a 14 day period will have to complete a new Queensland Border Declaration Pass (FPass) every time they plan to enter Queensland after being in an affected area.

  • Freight and logistics operators entering Queensland who have been in a QLD declared COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days,or since the identified start date for the QLD declared COVID-19 hotspot (whichever is shorter), are required to have a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (FPass).

Queensland Travel Declaration

  • Freight and logistics operators entering Queensland who haven't been in a COVID-19 hotspot or Affected Area must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration.
  • Freight and logistics operators are not exempt from this requirement.

Freight and logistics operators must adhere to the requirements of the QLD Freight Protocol when entering QLD, remaining vigilant and make every effort to limit your exposure.

Always keep records of close contacts, check in and out wherever you can, get a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to you and wear a face mask.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep freight moving safely and we will continue to keep you updated on the latest advice on Queensland Health requirements as they are released.  

Importantly, support continues for those in the transport, freight and logistics industry as these are considered essential activities.

Further information
Whilst TMR is happy to assist with industry questions,134 COVID (134 268) has been set up to assist with fast responses to queries.

Further information about the Queensland border restrictions, including questions and answers, can be found on the border restrictions webpage.

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

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.

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

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.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travellers-entering-nsw

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:

  • in the preceding 7 days been tested for COVID-19; and
  • have evidence of the test available for inspection by an employer, occupier of a premises or a police officer.

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.

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.

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:

  • at least once every 3 days for the duration of the validity period of the Specified Worker (Low Workplace Interaction) permit on which they have entered Victoria; and
  • additionally, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

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.

  • Southbound: Beveridge Truck Stop/NHVR Weighbridge, Hume Freeway, Beveridge. Open 6pm-6am daily (subject to change)
  • Northbound: Broadford Weighbridge (NHVR), Hume Freeway, Broadford. Open 6pm-6am daily (subject to change)

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