COVID19 Fact sheet Health Information & Health Information & Border Restrictions

Posted: 25th Mar

NatRoad has released the following fact sheet concernig COVID19 and the road transport industry:

COVID-19 Factsheet #3 – Health Information & Restrictions on Road Transport

25 March 2020

This fact sheet is designed to provide NatRoad Members with access to the most current information about the COVID-19 emergency including:

  • Important health information; and
  • Restrictions on road transport operations across state and territory borders.

The information has been obtained from the best available official sources.  However, the situation is changing rapidly.  Updates will be provided.  E&OE.

The latest health advice and information about COVID-19

 

Commonwealth Department of Health

Prime Minister’s Statement 24 March 2020

Department of Health News

ACT Health

NSW Government

 Northern Territory Government

 Queensland Government

SA Health

Tasmanian Health & Human Services

 Victoria Health and Human Services

 Western Australian Government

 

Restrictions On Road Transport

State/Territory

 

Conditions

 

Federal

Non-essential travel is to be avoided.

Road freight considered essential.

Prime Minister’s Statement 22.03.20

Prime Minister’s Statement 20.03.20

Australian Capital Territory

Non-essential travel to be avoided.

Road freight considered essential.

Tighter border controls expected.  To be advised.

Chief Minister’s Statements

New South Wales

Non-essential travel is to be avoided.

Road freight and logistics considered essential.

Tighter border controls expected.  To be advised.

Premier’s Statement 22.03.20

 

Northern Territory

Non-essential travellers to NT required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Transport, freight and logistics exempted – “Any person providing services for the transport or freight of goods and related logistics into, within and out of the Northern Territory, as listed in the Chief Health Officer Directions”.

The NT border will be controlled from 1600hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020 and all travellers will be required to declare their medical status & purpose of travel.

Travellers arriving in the Northern Territory will be required to complete an arrivals form and will be screened to assess whether they are essential or not.

Required documents will be published through the SecureNT website.

Conditions applying to an exempted person are:

  • Sleep in a single room and not reside in a shared room or dormitory style accommodation if you are staying overnight.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath and unexpected tiredness.
  • Take all reasonable steps to stay at least 1.5 metres away from any other person. You must only be within 1.5 metres of another person to:

»       obtain life essential supplies or services that cannot be readily obtained online;

»          be tested or assessed for infection by COVID-19, or seek medical advice; or

»          carry out a compassionate purpose e.g. to visit a dying close relative in hospital or other care setting, if your exempt person status is based on compassionate grounds.

  •  Practice strict cough and sneeze hygiene, including covering mouth and nose, the use and disposal of disposable tissues, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or a hand-sanitizer
  • While in the Territory and not working, exempt transport, freight, train, ship and flight crews must self-quarantine for 14 days unless departing earlier, for example:

»          A truck driver can stay in their truck

»          A member of a ship's crew can stay on their ship

  • Comply with any directions given by the Chief Health Officer, COVID-19 Hotline or a medical practitioner.

NT Government

Chief Health Officer Directive

 

Queensland

Travellers, not normally resident in Queensland, arriving in Queensland will be required to self isolate for 14 days.

Freight is exempted.  The expected definition of the exemption is “Any person who in the performance of his or her duties is responsible for provision of services for transport or freight of goods, or logistics for the goods, into, within and out of Queensland, on the condition that the person must practise social distancing wherever possible, including maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable and remain self-isolate in their vehicle or accommodation.”

The Queensland border will be controlled from 2400hrs Wednesday 25 March 2020.  Border road blocks and police checks can be expected.

Premier’s Media Statement 24.03.20

Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Directions

South Australia

All travellers to SA required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Road freight exempted – “Any person who in the conduct of his or her duties is providing transport or freight services into, within and out of South Australia and is required to be present in South Australia for such purpose.”

The SA Border will be controlled from 1600hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020.

SA Police

SA Cross Border Travel Directive

Tasmania

All non-essential travellers to Tasmania required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Transport, freight and logistics are exempted - includes “any person who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within and out of Tasmania”.

An Essential Traveller must apply for an exemption BEFORE ARRIVAL.  Apply for an Essential Traveller status by completing an online form: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au or emailing a form to essentialtravellers@dpipwe.tas.gov.au.

Conditions apply to Essential Travellers.  If you are an Essential Traveller you must:

  • Sleep in a single room and not reside in a shared room or dormitory style accommodation if you are staying overnight
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath and unexpected tiredness;
  • If symptoms develop:

»          remove yourself from the workplace or public place and self-quarantine;

»          contact a GP or the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738) to get medical advice or arrange testing;

  • When you are away from your accommodation/room, apply social distancing measures. You must only be within 1.5 metres of another person to:

» obtain life essential supplies or services that cannot be readily obtained online;

» be tested or assessed for infection by COVID-19, or seek medical advice; or

» carry out a compassionate purpose eg. to visit a dying close relative in hospital or other care setting, if your Essential Traveller status is based on compassionate grounds.

  • Practice strict cough and sneeze hygiene, including covering mouth and nose, the use and disposal of disposable tissues, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or a hand-sanitizer

Biosecurity Tasmania

Victoria

Non-essential travel to be avoided.  Freight and logistics considered essential.

Tighter border controls expected.  To be advised.

Premier’s Statements

Western Australia

All travellers to WA required to self-quarantine for 14 days except if they are performing an essential service.

Essential service includes transport, freight and logistics - “any person who in the course of their duties is responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics services into and out of Western Australia provided that the person remains in Western Australia for only so long as is reasonably required to perform his or her duties;”

The WA border to be controlled from 1330hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020.  Travellers to WA arriving by road must use a designated road, the Victoria Highway and the Eyre Highway, to drive to a checkpoint.  Travellers will be assessed for their essential traveller status and required to complete an arrivals form.

WA Government Border Factsheet

Self-Isolation Following Interstate Travel Declaration

WA State of Emergency Declarations