Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as of 4pm Monday 18 January 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

Please be aware that a number of states have introduced restrictions on travel related to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks. Freight movements are largely classified as essential, though drivers may need to carry border passes when leaving NSW.

Monday 18 January - Victoria update

Today Victoria has announced that due to reduced exposure risk and low community transmission that a number of NSW Local Government Areas (LGAs) would transition from red to orange zones and a number of NSW LGA’s in orange zones would transition to green zones commencing at 6pm 18 January 2021.

Check zone listings here

Commercial Freight Workers entering Victoria from an orange zone still require a border permit, but will not have to go into self-isolation after entering Victorian or while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Testing requirements remain the same at every 7 days or produce a negative test result if required by an authority. Essential freight workers are still required to work in accordance with your COVID Safe Plan.

Commercial Freight workers entering Victoria from a green zone still require a border permit that can be obtained at https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

If an essential freight worker enters Vic from a green zone, and has not been in an orange or red zone in the preceding 14 days, they will be considered as exempt from Covid19 testing. They still must adhere to the requirements of the freight protocol and health directions in place.”

Please note any current valid border pass will still be honoured until it expires.


Saturday 16 January - Victoria update

Today the Victorian Government announced that due to the reduced exposure risk and low community transmission in Brisbane, Queensland red zone Local Government Areas (LGAs) would transition from red to orange zones.

As of 6pm 16 January 2021, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared the Greater Brisbane LGAs of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redland, Logan, and Ipswich to be orange zones. 

Commercial Freight Workers entering Victoria from an orange zone still require a border permit, but will not have to go into self-isolation after entering Victorian or while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Testing requirements remain the same at every 7 days or produce a negative test result if required by an authority. Essential freight workers are still required to work in accordance with your COVIDSafe Plan.

Please note any current valid border pass will still be honoured until it expires.

For permit applications please see - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home


Monday 11 January - Victoria Update

At 6pm today only greater Sydney and greater Brisbane will be considered as “Red Zone” areas for entry to Victoria. The balance of NSW will become an orange zone and the balance of QLD will become a green zone. All other parts of Australia will be designated a green zone. A permit will be required to enter Vic from every zone.

  • Red zone - if you have visited this area in the past 14 days you will not be allowed to enter Victoria, (commercial freight workers exceptions continue but must follow border permit conditions).
  • Orange zone - you will be able to apply for a permit; you will need to follow COVID testing advice.
  • Green zone - you will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria.

Please ensure you comply with the requirements of your permit that is generated for the zone you are originating from.

For work permits and border passes please see - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home and https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-border-crossing-permit#where-do-i-apply-for-a-permit

For more info on Vic - https://transport.vic.gov.au/-/media/tfv-documents/freight-and-logistics-industry-update-12-jan-2021.pdf?la=en&hash=4FFD1B0EFB686DE36A1BB861BB9CE947


 

Saturday 9 January - Victoria Update

Essential workers please note that Victoria now require any essential worker crossing the border into Victoria that has been in the restricted areas of QLD on or after 2 January must now apply for a permit. A link for this permit application can be found on our website. Details of the Vic health directive can be found here.

Friday 8 January - Queensland Update

Greater Brisbane local Government areas including Logan City council, Ipswich City Council, Redland City Council, Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council have been listed as Declared Restricted areas. Freight workers are still deemed essential but must abide to the requirements of the freight protocol whilst working.

  • Wear a mask whilst in public on duty
  • Carry the appropriate PPE
  • Keep a detailed list of close contacts
  • Practice social distancing

QLD health have advised that truck rest stops and service centres are deemed as critical support for the essential freight industry and can remain operating during the 3 day lockdown. Food service provisions will be TAKEAWAY only. When waiting for food facemasks are mandatory. Social distancing must be practiced when at these locations and all COVID instructions must be followed at rest stops and service centres.

For more information about Queensland, view the latest bulletin.


Friday 8th January - Northern Territory Update

The Northern Territory has declared 5 QLD local Government areas as hotspots effective. Essential freight workers who are travelling from Logan Council, Brisbane Council, Ipswich Council, Redland Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas are still exempt but must follow the appropriate health directions, outlined below.


Friday 8th January - Western Australia Update

Effective immediately Western Australia has declared ALL of QLD a hotspot. Essential freight workers will be permitted to enter WA but must follow the appropriate health directions, outlined below.


Friday 8th January - Tasmania Update

Effective immediately Tasmania has added the greater Brisbane area, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redland and Moreton Bay council areas to its list of high risk areas. Essential freight workers are still classified as exempt but must follow Tasmania health directions. If travelling to TAS from a QLD high risk area the steps outlined below must be followed. 


Friday 8th January - South Australia Update

From Midnight on January 8th South Australia has added the greater Brisbane area ( Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redland and Moreton Bay council areas) to its list of high risk areas. Essential freight is still allowed to move across the SA border following the current protocols already in place, as outlined below.


Friday 8 January - Victoria Update

Victoria have included a declaration on their permit application that for entry to VIC from NSW hotspots that brings their border controls and Covid-19 health requirements for essential workers in line with the National Freight Protocol. Please ensure that your workers adhere to these protocols, outlined below, when organising entry to Vic. For more information about Victoria view the Freight and Logistics update 8.

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.

For information on entry requirements for each state or territory follow the links to these Government sites, or view the state summaries below:


Australian Capital Territory

Is a border pass required? No.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but it is recommended. 

Transiting into or through the ACT for the purposes of freight is currently exempt. For more information see Travelling from NSW to the ACT.

More detailed information on the ACT


New South Wales

Is a border pass required? No.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but it is recommended on a rolling 7 day basis 

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

  • The freight industry is excused from requirements to self-isolate, provided your employer has a COVID-Safe plan in place.
  • COVID-Safe plans and guidelines to assist the industry are also available to align with this additional permit – COVID-19 Safety Plan - Transport freight and logistics operations
  • Freight workers who do not have any symptoms who have been tested for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate while waiting for test results.

More detailed information on New South Wales


Northern Territory

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering Northern Territory from any other state.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Not at the border, however 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.

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

  • Freight workers entering the NT must complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.
  • If freight workers have been in a declared hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering the NT, they must agree to quarantine in suitable accommodation when not working in the NT
  • Call the COVID-19 Hotline to arrange a testing on 1800 008 002. You can get a test in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Nhulunbuy.
  • NT declared list of COVID-19 hotspots

NT Update: 8 January

The Northern Territory has declared 5 QLD local Government areas as hotspots effective. Essential freight workers who are travelling from Logan Council, Brisbane Council, Ipswich Council, Redland Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas are still exempt but must follow the appropriate health directions.

More detailed information on the Northern Territory


Queensland

Is a border pass required? Yes – if you have been in New South Wales after 1am 11 December 2020 and are providing essential freight and logistics transport you will need to Apply for a Freight and Logistics pass

If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days you will be required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and adhere to the Queensland Freight Protocol

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, however the Queensland Chief Health Officer (CHO) has issued advice (PDF, 7KB) encouraging any freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot to have their drivers tested for COVID-19, within 7 days of their arrival in Queensland and maintain a weekly testing regime while they travel through hotspots.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Queensland Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: 8 January

Greater Brisbane local Government areas including Logan City council, Ipswich City Council, Redland City Council, Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council have been listed as Declared Restricted areas. Freight workers are still deemed essential but must abide to the requirements of the freight protocol whilst working.

  • Wear a mask whilst in public on duty
  • Carry the appropriate PPE
  • Keep a detailed list of close contacts
  • Practice social distancing

For more information about Queensland, view the latest bulletin.

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.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes – Anyone entering SA from NSW will require a COVID-19 test on days one, five and 12 and this will include anyone who has entered SA from NSW in the previous three days (with 20 December being considered day one).

  • From Thursday 31 December: Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 26) (COVID-19) Direction (PDF, 4.8 MB). South Australia has removed New South Wales in its entirety from the Low Community Transmission Zone (LCTZ) definition. The Direction has moved away from a hotspot definition to apply to all of NSW. Essential freight is still allowed to move across the NSW border following the current protocols already in place.
  • Anyone entering SA who has been in the Greater Sydney Region, Wollongong LGA or Central Coast LGA will require quarantine in a suitable place, plus a COVID-19 test on days one, five and 12.
  • Essential Travellers will need to apply through the Cross Border Travel Registration and must be approved before entering South Australia
  • If you are entering South Australia from a Low Community-Transmission Zone you are also required to complete the cross border form.
  • All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found at Emergency Declarations. If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm, seven days per week.

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

SA & QLD Update: 8 January 

From Midnight on January 8th South Australia has added the greater Brisbane area ( Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redland and Moreton Bay council areas) to its list of high risk areas. Essential freight is still allowed to move across the SA border following the current protocols already in place.

  • Anyone entering SA who has been in the Greater Brisbane area will be required to quarantine in a suitable place when not working (the cab of your truck is considered to be suitable if no other accommodation is being utilised
  • Present to an official when requested evidence of a negative test or be directed to submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hours then on days five and twelve if remaining in SA.
  • Essential Travellers will need to apply through the Cross Border Travel Registration and must have their application approved before entering South Australia
  • Maintain a list of close contacts
  • Practice social distancing
  • Carry the correct PPE

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. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS.

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

TAS & QLD Update: 8 January

Effective immediately Tasmania has added the greater Brisbane area, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redland and Moreton Bay council areas to its list of high risk areas. Essential freight workers are still classified as exempt but must follow Tas health directions. If travelling to TAS from a QLD high risk area the following must occur.

More detailed information on Tasmania


Victoria

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering Victoria from NSW. Apply for a pass here or learn more about where to apply for a permit to enter VIC

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but it is recommended for people coming from the orange zone.

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

  • New restrictions from 8 January 2020. See yellow box. 
  • From Thursday 31 December: Victoria has established a hard road border with NSW and has reintroduced a permit system for entry to Vic from NSW. While freight corridors have been established operators should expect some delays when entering from NSW. Victoria has announced some further inclusions to their hotspot list but this does NOT change change the current status of essential freight movements. The current permit system remains in place. Drivers are also reminded that they should not be carrying passengers whilst travelling across borders unless in driving in a two-up arrangement. The below links provides some useful general info on the permit system, noting that testing will be encouraged for people coming from the orange zone (i.e. not mandatory).
  • You can apply for a Green Zone permit if you are a truck or freight driver, or air freight worker travelling to Victoria for work even if you have travelled through a Hot or Red Zone. The application for a Victorian Border Entry Permit for travel from NSW is available at the Services Victoria - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

  • Victoria has established a hard road border with NSW and has reintroduced a permit system for entry to Vic from NSW. While freight corridors have been established operators should expect some delays when entering from NSW.

  • You can apply for a Green Zone permit if you are a truck or freight driver, or air freight worker travelling to Victoria for work even if you have travelled through a Hot or Red Zone.
  • Freight and Logistics Industry Update: 31 December

Update: 8 January

Victoria have included a declaration on their permit application that for entry to VIC from NSW hotspots that brings their border controls and Covid-19 health requirements for essential workers in line with the National Freight Protocol. Please ensure that your workers adhere to these protocols when organising entry to Vic.

People entering with a commercial freight services permit will need to declare on their permit that:

  • am travelling to or returning to Victoria for or from work providing commercial freight services as defined in the national freight protocol - Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol
  • will for the first 14 days from my departure from NSW under this permit
    • get tested for COVID-19 once during each 7-day period and again in the 7 days after that;
    • will provide evidence of my most recent test to an authorised officer, a Victoria Police member or a Protective Services Officer (or other person under such person’s direction) if requested to do so
    • will only remain in Victoria for the period required for work, if I am not a Victorian resident
    • will minimise contact with others while working, or if I am a returning Victorian resident, for 14 days after returning
    • will not work while experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • will keep a record of my travel including each place I stop at in Victoria and places of accommodation
    • will wear a fitted face mask in all indoor public places and outdoor public places where I am unable to practise physical distancing, and while in a vehicle with any other person with whom I do not ordinarily live with, unless an exemption applies

Apply for a permit here - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

For more detailed information please see the new health direction.

For more information about Victoria view the Freight and Logistics update 8

More detailed information on Victoria


Western Australia

Is a border pass required? Yes – if entering Western Australia from any other state.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? Western Australia COVID clinics
 
Please note the following information specific to Western Australia as well as the conditions contained in the Code.

  • COVID Safe Plans are encouraged, but not required, for the freight industry.
  • Testing is available at public health emergency departments and COVID clinics. Companies may pay for private pathology testing to be undertaken on-site.
  • People who have tested positive will be sent to isolation and will not be permitted to cross the border into another state until after they have completed quarantine or been re-tested and are no longer deemed contagious.

WA Update - 8 January

Effective immediately Western Australia has declared ALL of QLD a hotspot. Essential freight workers will be permitted to enter WA but must follow the appropriate health directions.

  • Apply for a G2G border pass - https://www.g2gpass.com.au/
  • Any transport or freight worker entering Western Australia needs 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 and again on day 11 if remaining in WA
  • Maintain a log of movements and close contacts.
  • Carry adequate PPE including gloves, face masks and hand sanitiser.
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Self-isolate when not working

More detailed information on Western Australia


Summary of COVID-19 changes and updates

The NHVR has undertaken a number of recent changes to assist drivers and operators during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the key changes which have involved us, include protocols for driver facilities to remain open, mapping of service centres with driver facilities, a new Daily Safety Checklist, waiving amenity restriction on curfew permits, and temporary changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme medical and face-to-face audit requirements.

Like all businesses we are continuing a process of on-going assessment of our capabilities and how we can deliver services. However we will ensure we balance the needs of supporting a safe heavy vehicle industry with the need to conduct your operations and businesses during a time of great uncertainty.

Click the links below for more details.