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

Border controls

Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have closed their borders. New South Wales and the ACT have closed their borders to Victoria.

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: 

The Queensland Chief Health Officer is encouraging all freight and logistics operators to require their drivers who are entering QLD from a NSW hot spot to have weekly COVID-19 testing. Find out more

Business shutdowns

Freight and logistics have been considered essential throughout the epidemic.

Victorian business shutdowns

Amid Victoria’s stage 4 business restrictions, road freight will continue operating in metropolitan Melbourne, as will heavy vehicle repair, servicing, maintenance and heavy truck manufacturing. Critical vehicle parts will be available.

Truck stops and rest areas are allowed to remain open to service truck drivers.

In Melbourne, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees. Obtain an essential worker permit. If you live outside the Melbourne stage 4 area and are required to go in there to perform permitted work, you must carry a permitted work permit and photo ID.

Every business that is able to remain open must have a Victorian COVID Safety Plan. This Plan should be completed and carried by all workers that travel on our roads in performing their work duties.

The Victorian Government’s workplace direction sets out the requirements for COVID Safe plans and employer obligations. This direction applies across Victoria – not just Melbourne. 

Covid-19 testing


South Australia
Essential freight workers will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival and again on day 12 if they remain in the state unless they can provide to a requesting officer evidence of a test or test results from the preceding seven days.

An essential traveller who has spent time in a designated NSW hotspot or any part of Victoria in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test on arrival at air and seaports. 

Western Australia
If an essential traveller arrives in WA and remains for 48 hours a test is required. Another test is also required on day 11 if an essential worker remains in the state.


New South Wales
Freight workers are encouraged to complete a COVID-19 test every seven days.

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.

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 31 December 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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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


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