Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as of 9am Monday 12 April 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


12 April 2021 - Victoria update

Victoria has announced that following LG areas have been moved from an Orange zone to a Green zone effective today.

  • Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands City)
  • The Gladstone region in Queensland
  • Byron Shire in New South Wales

Those travelling from a designated green zone must apply for a permit to enter Victoria. Covid-19 testing and self-isolation are not required if travelling from a green zone.

You cannot apply for a green zone permit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have visited a red zone.

If you notice any symptoms once you arrive in Victoria from a green zone, you should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

For more information and border permits please visit - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system#travel-updates


1 April 2021 - Queensland update

From 12 noon today, the lockdown of Greater Brisbane has been lifted and changed to the same restrictions that are in place for the rest of Queensland. Greater Brisbane includes the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan.

Restrictions that will remain in place for all of Queensland until 6am AEST Thursday 15 April 2021.

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • You must wear a face mask in indoor spaces.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people.
  • You do not need to wear a mask if you are driving a vehicle without passengers.

Visit the Queensland Government website for the full list of current restrictions.

Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place.

Freight and logistics workers are encouraged to:

  • collect and maintain written records of close contacts
  • practice physical distancing
  • get tested immediately if you develop any symptoms, isolate at home and await further direction or until you receive a negative result.

Further information

134 COVID (134 268) has been set up to assist with fast responses to queries or visit the Queensland COVID19 website.

30 March 2021 - Northern Territory update

The NT has declared Greater Brisbane, Redland, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan and Toowoomba local government areas as Hotspots.

Declared freight drivers need to comply with the requirements for ‘Person providing services for transport or freight of goods’ and must have completed and submited an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan and carry the issued Certificate of Agreement. Details of all requirements and access to the online process are at: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/exemptions#/person_providing_services_for_transport_or_freight_of_goods

A G2G pass is also required.

Testing requirements under the COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan for the NT are:

  • I agree to undertake an immediate COVID-19 test and self-isolate if I show symptoms - fever (sweats), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or tiredness (fatigue).
  • I agree to provide evidence of my last COVID-19 test result or agree to a test within 48 hours of arriving in the NT if I have been in a declared hotspot in the last 14 days.
  • I agree to another COVID-19 test on the 12th day of my 14 day quarantine period if I am in the NT.

29 March 2021 - New South Wales update

NSW have implemented effectively immediately a requirement for all essential freight drivers and company’s an “Entry” Declaration form for anyone travelling to NSW from the greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton and Redland local government areas. A Border declaration form is essential for entry to NSW.

The declaration form can be found here - https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/complete-nsw-entry-declaration-queensland

At this stage testing is not compulsory but highly recommended. 24 hour Testing locations in NSW for HV drivers are listed below. The NHVR encourages all drivers to take advantage of this testing opportunity.

More information can be found on the NSW Government website.

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 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. 

  • There are currently no hotspots.
  • Transiting into or through the ACT for the purposes of freight is currently exempt. 

More detailed information on the ACT


New South Wales

Is a border pass required? Yes for anyone travelling to NSW from the greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton and Redland local government areas. The declaration form can be found here - https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/complete-nsw-entry-declaration-queensland

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

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

  • NSW has identified areas of high concern.
  • We remind you that freight workers do not have to quarantine or self-isolate while they are waiting the results of their COVID-19 test if they are asymptomatic.

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? 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? No.

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.

  • There are currently no hotspots

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.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? Yes. Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators travelling from a “Prohibited or Restricted Zone” are required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering SA unless they can provide evidence of a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than seven days old.

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

  • There are currently no restricted zones.

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. Apply for a pass here.

Is a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No.

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

  • There are currently no hotspots.
  • Masks are compulsory if working indoors within the Melbourne metro area.

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