Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as at 5pm Sunday 19 September 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. 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.

Please note: The lead agency for COVID restrictions is the relevant state’s health department, please contact them directly if you have further questions relating to restrictions.

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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Latest updates

19 September - VIC vaccination requirements for eligible permit holders    

Subject to proposed Chief Health Officer Directions, from 23 September 2021, to be eligible for the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit when entering Victoria from red or extreme risk zones, freight drivers will require evidence of one of the following:

  1. at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  2. having booked in to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before 11.59pm on 7 October 2021
  3. a medical exemption evidenced by a medical practitioner.

From 11:59pm on 7 October, all freight workers entering Victoria from red or extreme risk zones will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (or have a medical exemption evidenced by a medical practitioner) to be eligible for the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit.

More information about these requirements will be provided before 23 September.

You can read the requirements for vaccination on Victoria’s Coronavirus website.

17 September - Vaccination walk in hubs open in Queensland

With current border crossing restrictions moving toward requiring a compulsory first dose of vaccination, the NHVR is encouraging drivers to take advantage of the walk in mass vaccination hubs that will be operating in Queensland this weekend. Interstate license holders are also welcome.

Please see following the locations of the main three South-East QLD hubs and a link to all QLD regional walk in hubs below. If you are in these areas over the weekend please take the opportunity to avail yourself of this resource. 

  • Boondall Entertainment centre opposite the Heavy Vehicle Covid Testing station – 1 Melaleuca Drive, Boondall – best suited for HV Drivers
  • Brisbane Cruise Ship terminal - 1 Cruise Terminal Dr, Pinkenba 
  • Brisbane Convention Centre - Glenelg St, South Brisbane

Queensland Health vaccination location map

Being vaccinated will potentially lead to less restrictions whilst crossing borders. We encourage you to take advantage of these vaccination sites.

13 September - Important Advice for Essential Freight workers travelling to SA

Commercial Transport and Freight Workers who have been in NSW, ACT or Victoria (Restricted Zone) who are arriving by road or rail - Must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before entering South Australia, or will be directed to undertake a point-of-care antigen based test and/or a COVID-19 test within 12 hours of entering the State of SA. A negative rolling 7 day test regime must be maintained if remaining in SA.

As at 12.01am Monday 27 September 2021, commercial transport and freight workers arriving by road must have evidence of at least one TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination. 

For commercial transport and freight workers coming into South Australia from an Unrestricted Zone (all other states) must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days before arrival. All other Cross Border Travel Restrictions remain in place. 

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations 

9 September - VIC Mandatory vaccinations for Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit holders

Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of COVID-19, Victoria will introduce mandatory vaccinations for freight workers with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits crossing into Victoria and having been in an extreme risk/red zone in the previous 14 days. This requirement comes into effect on 23 September and we encourage all eligible freight workers to book vaccine appointments now. Details for booking priority vaccinations for eligible freight workers are provided below.

From 23 September, freight workers entering Victoria with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits (and their employer) will need to provide evidence of at least one vaccination or evidence from a medical practitioner that an exemption applies to them.

Priority vaccinations for eligible freight workers

Freight workers with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits receive priority bookings for free COVID-19 vaccinations, even if they are not a Victorian resident.

Permit holders must call 1800 675 398 to book in at any state vaccination centre and advise the operator that you are a Commercial Freight Worker for a priority booking.

Freight workers from extreme risk/red zones

Permit holders that have been to an extreme risk/red zone in the past 14 days must book into a red zone clinic for their vaccination

Red zone clinics are located at:

  • Melbourne Showgrounds
  • Sunshine
  • Sandown Racecourse
  • Ford Campbellfield
  • Wangaratta

Learn more about booking vaccinations

Freight-friendly COVID-19 testing

A reminder that freight drivers entering Victoria, other than from a green zone, need a Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit and must undertake a COVID-19 test every three days if they have been to an extreme risk/red zone or within 72 hours if they have been in an orange zone.

Along with Victoria’s network of testing centres, freight-friendly testing sites have been set up at:

  • Nhill Trailer Exchange, Western Highway - 12pm-12am (currently in a trial period) 
  • Beveridge Truck Stop/Weighbridge (southbound), Hume Freeway - 6pm-6am 
  • Broadford Weighbridge (NHVR) (northbound), Hume Freeway - 6pm-6am  
  • New! - Murrungowar Picnic Ground (inbound), Princes Highway (16km east of Orbost) - 7am-7pm (replaces Longwarry testing site)

All freight-friendly sites use the Department of Health’s Test Tracker system, which provides a text message confirmation that a driver can provide as evidence of a test. Note that operating hours of testing centres are subject to change.
  
For more information please see the Victorian Freight and Logistics Industry Sep 9 COVD-19 update

6 September - NSW vaccination deadline extended for workers from areas of concern

Following consultation with industry, the NSW Government have announced that authorised workers from local government areas (LGAs) of concern now have until Sunday 19 September 2021 to get vaccinated to allow them to continue to work outside of the LGA they live in, provided they have booked their COVID-19 vaccination by the end of Wednesday 8 September 2021.

The extended deadline means authorised workers from the LGAs of concern must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of Sunday 19 September to continue to work outside the LGA they live in from 20 September.

Authorised workers who are not yet vaccinated will have until the end of Wednesday 8 September 2021 to book their vaccination. From 9 September, authorised workers will be required to carry evidence of their booking if they wish to leave their LGA for work.

If an authorised worker is not vaccinated or does not have a medical contraindication form, they will not be able to work outside their LGA after 19 September 2021. Workers from the LGAs of concern are offered priority bookings for vaccination.

For priority bookings visit Priority vaccination for authorised workers

For more information see Transport for NSW COVID-19 update

National guidelines

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.

Exposure Sites

Check regularly to see if you have visited an exposure site


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

Vaccination requirements for authorised workers in NSW

Service NSW Travel Registration Form

As a reminder you will need to register your travel if you are:

The Service NSW Travel Registration form can be accessed here

Travel registration form made easier for freight

The form has been amended to support freight workers.  A new drop down selection has been added for:

  • Worker with unknown work addresses or
  • Authorised worker with unknown work addresses if you are from an area of concern.

These selections do not require you to add destination addresses. 

More information here. 

Registration to travel in NSW requirements

You will need to register your travel within NSW in certain circumstances.

Travel registration is valid for a maximum of 14 days. You'll need to reapply after 14 days to continue travel.

You must carry your travel registration and supporting documents with you at all times. You will need to provide these to NSW Police if requested.

Note: Greater Sydney does not include Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the purposes of this travel registration.

Eligibility

You will need to register your travel if you're:

  • an authorised worker living in a local government area (LGA) of concern and you need to leave your area for work. This includes travelling to another LGA of concern
  • entering an LGA of concern for work.

What you will need

  • a MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your registration
  • your name, address, email and contact number
  • your reason for travel
  • the company name if you're travelling for work
  • your travel details (where you will be staying, working or visiting)

Register here - https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-your-travel-within-nsw

How to register

  1. Select the ‘Register online’ button.
  2. Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete your registration. 
  4. You will receive your travel registration by email.

Where to get tested for COVID-19? NSW COVID-19 testing sites.

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.

Border crossing requirements when entering QLD.

Essential freight and logistics operators can enter QLD under the Freight Pass (F pass), and if they are compliant with the current testing regime and are working in accordance with the QLD freight protocol they are not required to show evidence of having a first dose of vaccine. They must adhere to the testing requirements of a negative Covid test not more than 7 days old and a rolling testing regime of every 7 days if coming from a hotspot.

If arriving from an LGA area of concern then evidence of a test being undertaken within the last 72 hours is also required

Freight Pass (F) applications

Essential freight operators that are only operating between QLD and the NSW border zone, and that have not been to a declared hotspot within the last 14 days, can either

  • operate under the F Pass and meet the testing regime of a negative Covid test not more than 7 days old and continue to submit to a rolling 7 day testing regime
    OR
  • apply for a border zone entry pass and provide evidence when re-entering QLD that you have had at least the first dose of a Covid Vaccine before 1am on Saturday 21 August. Should you choose to show evidence of having had at least one dose of vaccine, the evidence can be provided by way of a printed copy of your vaccine certificate, the stamped vaccine card supplied by your clinic, your medicare app or other electronic advice received from your vaccination clinic.

Border zone pass (X) applications - If border zone pass holders travel outside of the border zone they must comply with the mandatory testing requirements of the freight protocol.

All drivers will need to carry evidence of the testing and or vaccination history subject to their choice of border pass.

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

Commercial transport and freight workers who have been in a restricted zone at any time during the 14 days before arriving in South Australia must produce evidence of a COVID-19 test taken by an appropriately trained and qualified health care worker, within 72 hours before their arrival in South Australia,

And

Any commercial transport and freight worker who is entering South Australia must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken by an appropriately trained and qualified health care worker, within the seven days before their arrival in South Australia and maintain a rolling 7 day negative test programme.

Note: In accordance with the National Protocol for Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movements, this requirement of a 7 day negative test regime applies to all freight workers entering the State, including from unrestricted zones. Essential freight workers must continue to self- isolate whilst not working, maintain a record of close contacts and wear a mask whilst working outside their cab.

Declared restricted zones subject to the above testing for entry to SA

  1. The Australian Capital Territory is declared to be the ACT restricted zone.
  2. The State of New South Wales is declared to be the NSW restricted zone.
  3. Greater Brisbane is declared to be the Queensland restricted zone.
  4. The State of Victoria is declared to be the Victorian restricted zone.
  5. The Northern Territory local government area of Katherine is declared to be the NT restricted zone.

For more information see - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel

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

A reminder that freight drivers entering Victoria, other than from a green zone, need a Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit and must undertake a COVID-19 test every three days if they have been to an extreme risk/red zone or within 72 hours if they have been in an orange zone.

Along with Victoria’s network of testing centres, freight-friendly testing sites have been set up at:

  • Nhill Trailer Exchange, Western Highway - 12pm-12am (currently in a trial period)
  • Beveridge Truck Stop/Weighbridge (southbound), Hume Freeway - 6pm-6am
  • Broadford Weighbridge (NHVR) (northbound), Hume Freeway - 6pm-6am
  • Longwarry Rest Area (Inbound), Princess Highway - 12pm-12am daily (subject to change)
  • New! - Murrungowar Picnic Ground (inbound), Princes Highway (16km east of Orbost) - 7am-7pm.

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

A reminder that freight drivers entering Victoria, other than from a green zone, need a Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit and must undertake a COVID-19 test every three days if they have been to an extreme risk/red zone or within 72 hours if they have been in an orange zone.

Along with Victoria’s network of testing centres, freight-friendly testing sites have been set up at:

  • Nhill Trailer Exchange, Western Highway - 12pm-12am (currently in a trial period) 
  • Beveridge Truck Stop/Weighbridge (southbound), Hume Freeway - 6pm-6am 
  • Broadford Weighbridge (NHVR) (northbound), Hume Freeway - 6pm-6am  
  • New! - Murrungowar Picnic Ground (inbound), Princes Highway (16km east of Orbost) - 7am-7pm (replaces Longwarry testing site)

All freight-friendly sites use the Department of Health’s Test Tracker system, which provides a text message confirmation that a driver can provide as evidence of a test. Note that operating hours of testing centres are 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.

Priority vaccinations for eligible freight workers

Freight workers with Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permits receive priority bookings for free COVID-19 vaccinations, even if they are not a Victorian resident.

Permit holders must call 1800 675 398 to book in at any state vaccination centre and advise the operator that you are a Commercial Freight Worker for a priority booking.

Freight workers from extreme risk/red zones

Permit holders that have been to an extreme risk/red zone in the past 14 days must book into a red zone clinic for their vaccination

Red zone clinics are located at:

  • Melbourne Showgrounds
  • Sunshine
  • Sandown Racecourse
  • Ford Campbellfield
  • Wangaratta

Learn more about booking vaccinations

Suspension of truck curfews

Victoria have extended the suspension of truck curfews to support deliveries to pharmacies and supermarkets across the state.

The extension is effective until 11.59pm 23 September 2021. It may be extended further if the lookdown period is extended.

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.

Western Australia COVID-19 test requirements

Essential Freight workers arriving at the WA border from Victoria or NSW must produce evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. If a driver arrives at the border and cannot produce the results, they must undergo a Rapid Antigen test. These test kits will be provided at the border. If the test produces a negative result the driver will be permitted to enter WA. All other drivers entering WA are still subject to the standard testing requirements in WA – present for a test within 48 hours or show evidence of a negative test within the last 5 days.

If a Rapid Antigen Test is required at the border, advice has been received that the wait time will be approximately 45 minutes.

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

Other important information

More detailed information on Western Australia


COVID testing and log book FAQs

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.

Is getting tested for COVID or getting a vaccination considered work under the HVNL?

Only if you are driving or sitting in your truck with the engine running while getting the test/vaccination. Time spent outside your truck getting a COVID vaccination or test counts as rest.

What if I have to travel in my truck to a testing/vaccination facility and possibly also queue in my truck?

All time spent driving to a testing/vaccination facility, or sitting in the driver’s seat while the engine is running (including in a queue) is defined as work and must be counted against the maximum work limit. 

Would the ‘personal use exemption’ apply to time spend travelling to a testing/vaccination site, associated queuing, and getting the test/vaccination?

In some circumstances. If you’re not commercially compensated for getting tested/vaccinated, the time spent working would be considered a permitted personal activity under the Personal Use Exemption. For example, if you travel to a testing/vaccination centre that is off your route, or get tested/vaccinated outside of your scheduled roster, you can use the Personal Use Exemption to work up to one additional hour to cover the time spent getting tested.

What about time spent queuing at a state border?

If you are queuing at a border and you are either driving or occupying the driver’s seat while the engine is running, the time spent must be counted as work against your maximum work limit.

What should I do after I am tested?

You should follow the health advice in the state and territory you are located in. This page has information from each State and Territory in Australia, including sites to get tested at.