Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as of 5pm Friday 23 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


Friday 7 May 2021 - South Australia update

As of Friday 7 May 2021 all people (including Essential Travellers, SA residents and people relocating) who have been at a COVID-19 case location as either a close or casual contact at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales website above are subject to level 6 restrictions and are not permitted to enter South Australia. The majority of these people should already be in 14 days quarantine in New South Wales and are not permitted to leave quarantine to travel to South Australia. 

Essential HV freight workers are still allowed to enter SA under the current Permit system if they have not been in the listed case locations at the listed times.

Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW

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? 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

  • 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