COVID-19 Factsheet #10 – Health Information & Restrictions on Road Transport

Posted: 3rd Apr

NatRoad's latest factsheet on border controls and the impact on road transport, including updates for Western Australia and Queensland.

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

 

Australian Government Coronavirus App

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Commonwealth Department of Health

Prime Minister’s Media Statements

Department of Health News

ACT Health

NSW Government

Northern Territory Government

Queensland Government

SA Health

Tasmanian Government

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.

An exemption from café, restaurant restrictions will be provided for roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck driver lounges to remain open so Australia’s heavy vehicle drivers have access to showers, restrooms and facilities to undertake their mandated fatigue management breaks.

Exemptions for heavy vehicles at rest stops

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.

Borders not yet controlled for domestic travel.  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.

Borders not yet controlled for domestic travel.  Tighter border controls expected.  To be advised.

Premier’s Statement 22.03.20

Northern Territory

From 11:59pm 01 April 2020 non-essential travellers to NT will be forced to quarantine for 14 days.  Quarantine will be compulsory in government provided accommodation.  Non-exempt arrivals after 03 April 2020 will be required to pay the costs of the quarantine accommodation.

Transport, freight and logistics is exempted – “any person providing services for the transport or freight of goods and related logistics into, within and out of the Territory, if the person practises social distancing measures and complies with direction 17 while in the Territory”.

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

Travellers arriving in the Northern Territory are 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 Forced Quarantine

NT Government

Chief Health Officer Directive

Queensland

As of 12:01 am on Friday 03 April 2020 no one that is not a Queensland resident, or exempt, will be allowed to cross into Queensland.  This replaces the previous requirement for non-Queensland residents or exempt travellers to self isolate for 14 days.

Transport, freight and logistics is exempt - “Any person who in performing their duties is responsible for provision of services for local passenger transport including bus services, taxi and ride share services, 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-quarantined in their vehicle or accommodation.”  The reference to “self-quarantined” for the freight exemption is not the 14 day quarantine applying to non-exempt travellers.  It means a driver needs to stay in their truck or accommodation when not working during their trip to Queensland.  A person in this exempt category does not need a Queensland Entry Pass regardless of whether their truck is loaded or not to perform their work but will need one if they have to cross the Queensland border to get to work.

Travellers normally resident in Queensland are also exempt.

Travellers normally resident in border states are exempt for travel into Queensland for work and essential goods and services.  Queensland residents are also exempt when travelling into border states for work or essential goods and services.  A permit system has been established for residents of border communities to facilitate cross border travel.

Exempted travellers, other than freight drivers, must apply for a Queensland Entry Pass.  This will allow them to use a priority queue at border checkpoints.

Exempt travellers are still required to self quarantine for 14 days if they have been outside Australia in the last 14 days; or they travelled in the last 14 days to particular areas of Australia.  The particular areas of Australia that require self-quarantine will be decided by the Chief Health Officer and published on the Queensland Health website.

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

NSW Police advise that about 12.30pm Wednesday 26 March 2020 new signage will be put in place on VMS to allow Heavy Vehicles and 'EXEMPT' vehicles to continue north on the M1.

There will still be a checkpoint at Stewarts Road in Queensland to confirm those vehicles, but this should allow for a greater/faster flow of vehicles.

All non-exempt vehicles will still be diverted onto the Gold Coast Highway where the existing checkpoint near the Gold Coast airport is in place.

Minister for Police Minister for Corrective Services Media Statement 01.04.20

Qld Govt - Queensland Border Restrictions

Premier’s Media Statement 24.03.20

Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Directions Border Restrictions

MyPolice (includes road closures)

South Australia

All domestic 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 Cross Border Travel Directive #2

SA Police Essential Traveller Update 25.03.20

SA Police 24.03.20

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.

Borders not yet controlled for domestic travel.  Tighter border controls expected.  To be advised.

Premier’s Statements

Western Australia

As of 11:59 pm Sunday 05 April 2020 no one will be allowed into Western Australia unless they are exempt.  This replaces the current restriction on all domestic travellers to WA being 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;”

Road transport operations are recommended to have a documented safety management system in place for managing the COVID-19 risk.

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 has also imposed controls on internal travel.  From 1200 am Wednesday 01 April 2020 travel between the WA regions is restricted.  Perth and Peel are combined and are treated as one region.  Travel between regions will not be permitted unless the traveller is exempted.  Freight is included as an exemption.  The other exemptions are:

  • employment purposes
  • medical reasons
  • health and emergency services
  • people living in ‘border communities’, who may not have access to groceries or supplies within their region
  • compassionate grounds.

Stricter controls also exist for travel within in the Kimberley including the entire Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, parts of the Shire of East Pilbara (that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra) region related to protecting indigenous communities.

Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Travel & Transport Advice

Premier’s Media Statement 03.04.20

WA Government Border Factsheet

Self-Isolation Following Interstate Travel Declaration

WA State of Emergency Declarations