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:
- South Australia | PDF record of close contact form
- Western Australia | g2g pass | PDF arrival form
- Tasmania| online arrival form | PDF arrival form
- Northern Territory| PDF arrival form
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.
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.
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