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:
- New South Wales | Permit application
- Queensland | Border declaration pass
- South Australia | Online application | PDF record of close contact form
- Western Australia | g2g pass | PDF arrival form
- Tasmania | Entry criteria | PDF arrival form
- Northern Territory| PDF arrival form
- Australian Capital Territory
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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