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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.

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 requirements for truck drivers and other staff.

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

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 has required  non-essential businesses to close.

Under the stage 2 shut downs announced on Monday 23 March 2020, this applies to the following:

  • Pubs, registered clubs
  • Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses, wellness centres, social sporting-based activities, swimming pools, boot camps, personal training operating outside and inside (groups of no more than 10 where social distancing is exercised are exempt)
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, night clubs, strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues, concert venues, theatre, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, amusement parks and arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres
  • Restaurants, cafes and shopping centre food courts are restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Community and recreation centres
  • Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections
  • Hairdressers and barbershops
  • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas and massage parlours
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, youth centres, non-essential local government  facilities and services, community facilities such as community halls, clubs, RSLs and PCYCs
  • Religious gatherings and places of worship (excluding weddings with no more than five people and funerals with no more than 10 people. The one person per 4m² rule applies to both exclusions).

Freight and logistics are considered essential.

Government support for business

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

  • 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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The Australian Government has announced special exemptions for truck stops and roadhouses, and we want to make sure these facilities stay open.


ATA Chair Geoff Crouch, TruckSafe member David Rogers and road transport advocate Rod Hannifey joined @abcmelbourne today, shining a light on how the #trucking industry is coping during the #coronovirus crisis & what drivers are experiencing on the road.

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ATA UPDATE: Keep them Open

Last week we received reports of truckies being denied access to facilities, but some good news this week with an exemption for truck stops and roadhouses, and the release of health and safety protocols.

#trucking #coronavirusaustralia https://t.co/1tRMUa2c4Z

The Australian Trucking Australia 2020 special report is now available online.

Developed in collaboration with the ATA and @qta_trucking, it covers key issues, like increased supply demand, infrastructure investment and national truck laws.

Read it now: https://t.co/XKqhIfLMhk https://t.co/l2u8FLMCgo
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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

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