Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Page current as of 9pm Friday 26 February 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.

Friday 26 February - Queensland update

From 1am AEST Saturday 27 February 2021,all regions of Victoria will be removed as COVID-19 hotspots

Queensland Border Pass

A Freight and Logistics Border pass is no longer required after 1am AEST Saturday 27 February.

What does this mean for the QLD Freight Protocol?

The protocol remains relevant and valid but will not be applied after 1am AEST Saturday 27 February.

As we know, Queensland's COVID-19 situation can change quickly so please continue to follow Queensland Health advice:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m where possible
  • Wear a mask when distancing is not possible
  • Maintain good hand hygiene, and
  • Stay home and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

Friday 12 February - Queensland Update

Qld has now declared Greater Melbourne a hotspot. Border passes are required to enter Queensland as previously advised but adherence to the National Freight Protocol now a requirement. More details can be found here - https://www.vision6.com.au/v/84280/1378627/email.html?k=fCSLGkKZ-MfhN3IRsS5NoP6NRsTznMKMoVsrhKnzBes


 

Friday 12 February - Northern Territory Update

The NT has declared greater Melbourne, including the Melbourne airport area a hotspot. Essential freight workers arriving in the NT from these areas will still be allowed entry but must have a G2G pass, practice social distancing and keep a record of close contacts. A rolling 7 day testing requirement – or evidence of a negative test – will be required.

Please go here for a border pass -  https://forms.nt.gov.au/Produce/wizard/9ffc58df-b0a5-422e-86e5-f260522c072a/?prepared=true&logGuid=f8270863-552b-4259-969e-3083905d6a9e


 

Friday 12 February - Victoria Update

All of Victoria goes into lockdown from midnight tonight for 5 days. Essential freight workers are permitted to continue entering Vic for essential work requirements. Border Permits are required and current testing requirements if coming from an interstate hot spot will continue.

Masks will be mandatory if working outside in public and the freight protocol must be adhered to. 

For more information please visit - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system#western-australia-update


 

Thursday 11 February - Queensland Update

At 1 am Saturday 13th Feb Queensland will implement a border pass requirement for all essential travellers arriving from Victoria. Border passes are also still required for arrival from WA. Apply for an F pass here - https://www.vision6.com.au/ch/84280/1ksd0/2217393/DsfX4rFCx.qIky4kHALqz0n9YUpEAAau7.ZhOnc0.html

The QLD Freight Protocol applies to freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from a declared hotspot. The local government areas (LGAs) in the Metropolitan Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia are currently the only Queensland declared hotspots and will remain until 1am AEST 14 February 2021, pending further updates.

At this stage, the protocol does not apply to freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from Victoria because there are currently no declared hotspots in Victoria. It is recommended that all essential freight workers arriving from Victoria still adhere to the national freight protocol.

As we know, the situation can change quickly so please continue to follow Queensland Health advice:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m where possible;
  • Wear a mask when distancing is not possible;
  • Maintain good hand hygiene; and

Stay home and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

Please see full details here - https://www.vision6.com.au/v/84280/1375590/email.html?k=MG7muKvEeUwm5mvwz1bdukHH0rJJhzqepwADDJzh7V0


 

Thursday 11 February - South Australia Update

Commencing 11 February 2021, anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne on or after 4 February 2021, will be prohibited from entering South Australia unless they are an Essential Traveller. Essential travellers will be required to undergo testing on a 7 day basis or provide evidence of a negative test if requested from an authorised officer. A border permit is required and the health protocols in place must be adhered to – keep records of close contacts, practice social distancing and have evidence from your employer. Essential workers are not required to quarantine.

These requirements apply to all essential travellers arriving in SA from:

  • NSW – Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong
  • Vic – Greater Melbourne
  • WA – Perth, Peel, South West Region

The link for border pass applications is here - https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

For details on SA entry please see - https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/970098/Essential-Traveller-Table-11-Feb-2021.pdf


Thursday 4 February - Victoria Update

Masks are now compulsory if working indoors throughout Victoria.


Wednesday 3 February - Victoria Update

The Victorian Chief Health Officer declared the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of Western Australia will move from a green zone to a red zone under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.

If you have been in one of these currently listed red zones since 25 January, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or permitted worker permit.

Commercial Freight Workers who are coming from a green zone only need a Green Zone Permit. Those coming from a red zone (specified areas in Western Australia) or orange zone (Cumberland LGA in NSW) will need to apply for a Specified Worker Permit.

Find more information about permits and Ports of Entry factsheets in the attached update. 

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system#western-australia-update


Monday 1 February – Queensland update

Freight and Logistics workers entering Queensland who have been in any part of Western Australia in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland will be required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and continue to comply with the Queensland Freight Protocol.


Monday 1 Feb - South Australia Update

South Australia has declared WA a prohibited zone. Essential freight workers can still enter SA from WA but must continue to submit to Covid-19 testing on a rolling 7 day basis and be able to produce evidence of such to an authorised person if requested. Border passes are still required. Drivers need to maintain a record of close contacts, practice social distancing and adhere to the health protocols in place in SA.

Border crossing permit links can be found here - https://forms.police.sa.gov.au/Runtime/Runtime/Form/CrossBorderTravel/


Sunday 31 January - Western Australia Update

Effective at 6pm tonight until Friday 5th February the WA regions of Perth Metro, Peel and South West will be in lockdown. Essential Freight workers will still be able to enter these areas BUT mask wearing MANDATORY whilst working outside of your cab. Essential workers are required to self-isolate whilst not working. Essential businesses will still operate and masks are also required to be worn if entering these businesses if they fall within the lock down zones. The following requirements under the health protocol still apply for entry to WA for essential workers.

  • 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


 

Friday 29 January - Queensland Update

From 1am AEST 1 February 2021:

  • Greater Sydney will no longer be a hotspot
  • Anyone who has been in any part of New South Wales will be able to enter Queensland, by any means of travel, without having to quarantine or complete a border pass.

Current border restrictions continue to apply until 1am AEST 1 February 2021 for anyone entering Queensland from New South Wales.

What does this mean for the QLD Freight Protocol?

The protocol remains relevant and valid but will not be applied from 1am AEST 1 February 2021 as there will be no Queensland declared hotspots.

As we know, the situation can change quickly so, in the interest of your health and wellbeing, and those of your family, friends and the community, you may wish to continue keeping a record of your close contacts.

You should also continue to follow Queensland Health advice:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m where possible;
  • Wear a mask when distancing is not possible;
  • Maintain good hand hygiene; and
  • Stay home and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

TMR will continue to support the transport and freight industry and to share further updates as needed.

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.

It is important to stay up to date. For the latest information about the Queensland response to COVID19, including border restrictions, visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au/.


Friday 29 January - Victoria Update

Following continued low community transmission and exposure risk, from 6:00pm tonight (Friday 29 January) the Victorian Government announced the last red zone in New South Wales will now transition to an orange zone, allowing anyone from New South Wales with a permit to enter Victoria.

Commercial Freight Workers who have travelled from the Cumberland LGA, which is now an orange zone, are required to apply for Specialised Worker Permit. All other Commercial Freight Workers who are coming from a green zone only need a Green Zone Permit. 

Commercial Freight Workers entering Victoria under a border permit will not have to go into self-isolation after entering Victoria but can continue to work in accordance with their COVIDSafe Plan.

All travel into Victoria from other states and territories requires a travel permit. This includes returning Victorians. You can apply for a permit via the Service Victoria website at service.vic.gov.au

Essential freight workers are reminded that they must adhere to the requirements of the colour zone they are entering Victoria from. Orange zone still requires evidence of a negative test or submitting to a Covid-19 test every 7 days, recording close contacts and practicing social distancing.

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.
  • Friday 22 January - New South Wales update: A reminder that the freight friendly COVID-19 testing pop-up sites remain operational 24 hours per day 7 days a week at the following locations:

    • Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway.  

    • Tarcutta truck change over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway. 

    • Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway. 

    • Narrabarba rest area, Princes Highway. 

    • Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway.  

  • We remind you that freight workers do not have to quarantine or self-isolate while they are waiting the results of their COVD-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? 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 a Queensland declared COVID-19 hotspot 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 Queensland declared 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)

Select the filter "Transport and logistics worker testing" to find a location where you can be tested free of charge.

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

  • Masks are now compulsory if working indoors within the Melbourne metro area.

  • 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.

  • See yellow box update above, Sunday 31 January.
  • 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.