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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

During this coronavirus pandemic, the ATA is working hard to bring you up to date and relevant information by:
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acknowledging the work our state and industry associations are doing. We are then packaging up the results so they are in one place.
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providing government decision makers with accurate and timely information about the impact of the pandemic
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working with media agencies to ensure clear information is being shared
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advocating on behalf of our members, and
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providing authoritative information to all of the trucking industry, its drivers and everyone in the supply chain

Health information

The Australian Government Department of Health has information about the epidemic and health instructions, including health advice for employers.

Work health and safety

Safe Work Australia has issued fact sheets on minimising the risk of COVID-19 exposure for:

Work Safe Victoria and the Western Australian Government have also issued work health and safety advice.

Border controls

Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have closed their borders.

Freight is exempt, but each state has border control processes for truck drivers and other staff.

ATA member associations have provided the following information about the requirements:

From 1 July, all heavy vehicle operators and drivers must apply online to enter South Australia. This replaces the existing Essential Traveller document, which will no longer be accepted.  

Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory require truck drivers to fill in entry passes or arrival forms before crossing the border. 

Business shutdowns

The National Cabinet required non-essential businesses to close; however, governments are now liberalising their restrictions cautiously. 

Freight and logistics have been considered essential throughout the epidemic.

Government support for business

The Australian and state governments have announced support packages for business. The Australian Government assistance package includes:

  • the JobKeeper Payment, which will provide businesses significantly affected by the epidemic with $1,500 per fortnight per employee for up to six months
  • a cashflow boost of up to $100,000 with a minimum payment of $20,000 for businesses that employ staff. Businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million will be eligible
  • an expanded JobSeeker Payment with a new coronavirus supplement. Eligible owner drivers will be able to receive this payment
  • a new Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme: a government guarantee for small and medium business loans. The loans will be interest free for the six months and will be for a maximum of $250,000 over three years. The Government will guarantee 50 per cent of each loan
  • an increase in the instant asset write-off threshold from $50,000 to $150,000, with access expanded to include businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). The increased threshold is available till 30 June 2020
  • an additional 50 per cent investment allowance for eligible assets, including new trucks and trailers. The allowance will be available till 30 June 2021.

Get the details or call 13 28 46 for more information.

Australian Taxation Office support

The tax office is also ready to help businesses having difficulty meeting their tax and super obligations because of the pandemic.

View the FAQ page for answers to some common tax questions about the epidemic.

Get more information or call 1800 806 218

Coronavirus resources for anxiety, stress and wellbeing.

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National Transport Insurance

 Weekly COVID-19 update: Everything vessels,vehicles and gear

SafeWork Australia

Coronavirus work health and safety

During this Covid-19 major disruption, your state or industry based association is best placed to keep you informed and represented. We recommend you make contact now if you are not already a member as they are working tirelessly for all industry.
Australian Furniture Removers Association

 

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association

NatRoad

Northern Territory Road Transport Association

 

Queensland Trucking Association

Road Freight NSW

South Australian Road Transport Association

Tasmanian Transport Association

 

Victorian Transport Association

 

Western Roads Federation