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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

Border controls

Update 12 Jan: As of 6pm on 11 Jan, only greater Sydney and greater Brisbane are declared red zones for entry into Victoria, although a permit will be required to enter the state from every zone. Learn more or apply for a permit.

Queensland
Travellers entering the state must complete a Queensland Freight and Logistics pass. If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days you will also be required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass. Both passes can be completed here.

South Australia
Those who have been in a Prohibited Location on or after 11 December 2020 are not permitted to enter South Australia (exceptions apply for an approved Essential Traveller under Schedule 1). Essential Travellers will need to apply through the Cross Border Travel Application and must be approved before entering the state.

Victoria
Victoria has announced the reintroduction of a permit system for entry. Drivers already on the road can download the permit on their phone so there is no need access to a printer. Find out more and how to apply

Tasmania
Drivers travelling from NSW will need to reapply for Tas e-traveller pass. If a driver has been in a hotspot they will need to apply through G2G pass. Find out more

Australian Capital Territory
ACT Health has issued a standing exemption from its border controls for persons who ‘transit for transport or freight business purposes into or through the Australian Capital Territory by road or rail.’

Western Australia
A G2G PASS declaration is required for those entering Western Australia from any other state. This must be completed and submitted prior to travel at the G2G PASS website. Covid Safe plans are encouraged but not required for those in the freight industry.

Northern Territory
Before entering the Northern Territory, freight workers must complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government. While a Covid test at the border is not mandatory, a Covid test is required every seven days.

Covid-19 testing

Mandatory

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.

Tasmania
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.

Recommended

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

Queensland
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

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

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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