COVID-19 Health Information & Restrictions on Road Transport 07 July 2020

Posted: 7th Jul

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

 

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NSW Government

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SA Health

Tasmanian Government

Victoria Health and Human Services

Western Australian Government

Restrictions On Road Transport

State/Territory

 

Conditions

 

Federal

No border controls for domestic travel.

Road freight considered essential travel.

An exemption from café, restaurant restrictions has been 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

There are no restrictions on internal travel and most cross border travel.  Restrictions have been placed on arrivals from Victoria.

From 03 July 2020 the ACT requires anyone entering the ACT that has been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days to be quarantined for 14 days.  This does not apply if the person travelled through a hotspot but did not leave their vehicle.

From 06 July 2020 the hotspots all in Victoria:

Postcode  Suburbs

3012            Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021            Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3031            Flemington, Kensington

3032            Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038            Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042            Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North

3046            Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047            Broadmeadows, Dallas , Jacana

3051            North Melbourne, Hotham Hill

3055            Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West

3060            Fawkner

3064            Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

From 11:59pm on Monday 6 July 2020 anyone who enters the ACT, and has been in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area, is required to quarantine in the ACT until 14 days after leaving Melbourne, or return to their home jurisdiction at the earliest reasonable opportunity.

The greater Melbourne metropolitan area is:

Local Government Area

·          Banyule City

·          Bayside City

·          Boroondara City

·          Brimbank City

·          Cardinia Shire

·          Casey City

·          Darebin City

·          Frankston City

·          Glen Eira City

·          Greater Dandenong City

·          Greater Geelong City

·          Hobsons Bay City

·          Hume City

·          Kingston City

·          Knox City

·          Macedon Ranges Shire

·          Manningham City

·          Maribyrnong City

·          Maroondah City

·          Melbourne City

·          Melton City

·          Mitchell Shire

·          Monash City

·          Moonee Valley City

·          Moorabool Shire

·          Moreland City

·          Mornington Peninsula Shire

·          Murrindindi Shire

·          Nilumbik Shire

·          Port Phillip City

·          Stonnington City

·          Whitehorse City

·          Whittlesea City

·          Wyndham City

·          Yarra City

·          Yarra Ranges Shire

Tullamarine Airport is excluded.

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 July 2020 anyone (other than ACT residents) travelling into the ACT from Victoria will be denied entry unless they are granted an exemption.

All ACT residents returning from Victoria will be required to enter quarantine for a period of 14 days from the day after leaving Victoria.  All returning ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intent to return to the ACT.  Residents must provide the following details to COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au:

·            Name

·            Date of birth

·            Home address

·            Phone number

·            Email address

·            Travel details (flight number, by car etc)

·            Date of entry to ACT

·            Date you were last in Victoria

·            Details of address of where you plan to quarantine in the ACT.

The documentation to be provided is:

·            Identification including proof of residence in the ACT.

·            Details of a valid booking if you are using hotel accommodation for quarantine purposes.

All other travellers from Victoria to the ACT should not be travelling.  If there is an exceptional need to travel to the ACT, you will need to apply for an exemption at least 48 hours (wherever possible) before your intended travel date. Persons entering the ACT without an exemption will be denied entry.

Exemptions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances, such as:

·            Visiting a immediate family member who is critically ill or palliative care

·            Undertaking essential services work (to be assessed)

·            Attending a funeral of an immediate family member

·            Providing urgent care to an immediate family member

·            Receiving urgent medical care

·            Leaving Victoria in air transit from another jurisdiction and did not leave the airport

Exemption requests can be submitted to COVID.Exemptions@act.gov.au, and need to have the following details:

·            An explanation of your need to travel to the ACT

·            Name

·            Date of birth

·            Home address

·            Phone number

·            Email

·            Travel details (flight number, by car etc)

·            Date of entry to ACT

·            Details of how long you intend to stay in the ACT **

·            Date last in Victoria

·            Name and address of where you plan to stay in the ACT.

ACT Health may impose certain restrictions in relation to an exemption.

Anyone that has arrived in the ACT from Melbourne in the last two weeks, should contact ACT Health via the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244.  ACT Health will provide advice and information about quarantine.

Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Emergency Direction 2020 (No.3)

Chief Minister’s Statements

New South Wales
There are no restrictions on internal travel.
From 08 July 2020 border controls will apply to Victoria requiring returning NSW residents to quarantine for 14 days and preventing non-NSW resident from crossing into New South Wales.  Travellers who have been to Victoria in the 14 days prior to entering NSW need to be an authorised person and have a Border Declaration Permit to enter NSW.  Road transport operators are authorised persons but are required to obtain a permit.  Everyone in a road transport vehicle needs to qualify for, and have, a permit.  Drivers should carry evidence supporting their permit application.
NSW Police have categorised Victorian border crossings.  Of the 54 crossings, 34 have been prioritised into three categories (A, B, C) depending on the traffic flow, location and characteristics, while the remining 20 crossings are tracks and trails.
The six category ‘A’ locations, which are the main crossings, are:
·            Wodonga Place, South Albury
·            Hume Hwy, South Albury
·            Cobb Hwy, Moama
·            Newell Hwy, Tocumwal
·            Sturt Hwy, Buronga
·            Princes Hwy, Tambillica
Designated road transport lanes will be found at the major crossings and road transport vehicles will be usually be allowed to pass.
The eligibility for Border Declaration Permits is:
·            a NSW resident returning home
·            a cross-border resident (living within 50 km of the NSW border)
·            a member of parliament or staff member
·            a consular official or security services worker
·            a person providing critical services
·            a seasonal worker
·            a boarding school/university student or a parent/guardian accompanying a student
·            a carer for an individual entering NSW
·            transiting through NSW on your way home to your state/territory of residence
·            carrying out child access and care arrangements
·            receiving an essential medical treatment with a medical practitioner or hospital in NSW
·            required or authorised by or under law to travel to NSW, including for a court appearance
·            applying on compassionate grounds (e.g. visiting a terminally ill person).  Permits will not be issued for attending funerals
Critical services include:
·            the movement of freight or persons on a commercial basis
·            maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure
·            medical or hospital care
·            mining, agriculture, construction, engineering or manufacturing
·            Commonwealth defence and security services.
Transport for NSW provides updated information on border controls at TfNSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry.
An interactive travel planner showing border road blocks is at Live Traffic.
Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020
NSW Police
Public Health Orders

Premier’s Statement 22.03.20

Northern Territory

All interstate and overseas arrivals in the Northern Territory are required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival unless an exemption applies.  From 15 June 2020 mandatory monitored quarantine will be replaced with mandatory self-quarantine.  Non-exempt domestic arrivals in the NT will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in their own private or commercial 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 28 while in the Territory”.  This means whilst in the Territory and not working, exempt transport, freight, and logistics persons must self-quarantine for 14 days unless departing earlier, for example a truck driver can stay in their truck or a motel.  This exemption may not apply to drivers who have visited a COVID-19 hotspot – see below.

From 17 July 2020 border controls will be almost eliminated for domestic arrivals and quarantine will no longer be required unless the traveller has been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days.  For those that have been to a COVID-19 hotspot quarantine will be in Government nominated accommodation at the traveller’s expense.  Currently, there are no exemptions for travellers that have been to COVID-19 hotspots.  The NT currently considers “Melbourne” and “greater Melbourne” as a hotspot.

All domestic arrivals will still have to complete the online pre-arrival border crossing application until 31 July 2020.  Mandatory monitored quarantine will continue to apply for overseas arrivals.

NT Forced Quarantine

NT Government

Chief Health Officer Directive 38, 41,& 43

COVID-19 Direction #44

Queensland

As of 12:01 pm on 03 July 2020 no one is allowed into Queensland unless they are considered exempt and been issued with a Border Declaration Pass.  Transport, freight and logistics also do not need to obtain a Border Declaration Pass (see para 9 of Border Restrictions Direction No.6).

Transport, freight and logistics are considered exempt:

“1.    Any person who:

a.   is transporting freight to, from or through Queensland under a commercial freight operation and the only persons in the vehicle are essential for the delivery of the freight; or

Note: Freight operators are not permitted to carry passengers

b.    is transporting passengers (who must also be exempt persons) to, from or through Queensland under a commercial passenger operation; or

c.     provides logistics and support for the transport in paragraph a or b and provide the logistics and support cannot be provided outside of Queensland; or

d.    is a member of a domestic commercial or domestic charter flight air crew.

2.          The person in paragraph 1 must, as far as practicable:

a.    remain isolated from the general public in their vehicle or accommodation until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter; and

b.    practise social distancing, including by remaining at least 1.5 metres from other people.”

Exempt travellers are still required to quarantine for 14 days if they have been outside Australia in the last 14 days.  An exempt traveller must also quarantine if they travelled in the last 14 days to particular areas of Australia identified as a COVID 19 hotspot unless the travel to the hotspot or into Queensland is related to an essential purpose.  As of 03 July 2020, the current hotspots include every local government area in Victoria.

A person who has been in COVID-19 hotspot is not required to quarantine if the person:

·            was in the COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport in the COVID-19 hotspot and did not leave the confines of the airport; or

·            was on the vessel Spirit of Tasmania and:

o      went directly from the vessel to an airport in the COVID-19 hotspot and did not leave the confines of the airport except to board a flight to Queensland; or

o      went directly from the vessel and transited through the COVID-19 hotspot by vehicle without stopping except to obtain essential fuel.

Transport freight and logistics are also exempt from the COVID-19 hotspot restrictions.  However, a person in this exempt category who has been to a designated COVID-19 hotspot must maintain a record of their close contacts in Queensland for the time they are in Queensland for the 14 days after entry.  A close contact is someone that they have been within 1.5 metres for at least 15 minutes, or have shared an enclosed space for two hours or more.  The record must include the name, phone number, email address, day and time of contact.  They must also minimise contact with others and maintain social distancing.

Locked gates are in place at various locations on the Queensland/NSW border.  Freight operators can obtain the code for these gates from the relevant Queensland Police station.  People needing the codes are advised to obtain them ahead of time as phone reception at the gates can be poor or not existent.

Call Thargomindah Police station on 07 4655 3200, during business hours only, prior to travel for:

•          Cameron Corner Road

•      Fortville Gate Road

•          Toona Gate Road

•          Warri Gate (Silver City Highway)

•          Wompah Gate Road

•          Hamilton Gate Road

•          Hungerford Road

Call the Balonne Border Control Point on 0439 549 522, 24 hours a day, prior to travel for:

•            West Culgoa Road

•            Goodooga Brenda Road at Mulga Downs

•            Hebel Goodooga Road at Goodooga Road

•            Koomalah Road

•            Cambo Road

•            Gundabloui Road – Collarenebri Mungindi

A factsheet on the border gates can be found at: TfNSW COVID-19.  An interactive travel planner showing road blocks on the Queensland/NSW border is at:  Live Traffic.

From 12 noon 10 July 2020 any person from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, may enter Queensland subject to completing the Border Declaration Pass.
The existing restrictions on travellers from Victoria are expected to continue.

Qld Govt - Queensland Border Restrictions

New Restrictions To Tighten Queensland Borders

Minister for Police Minister for Corrective Services Media Statement 01.04.20

Premier’s Media Statement 24.03.20

Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Directions Border Restrictions

MyPolice (includes road closures)

South Australia

From 20 June 2020 domestic travellers from Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland entering South Australia directly are no longer subject to border controls and are not required to self-quarantine.  This is provided they have been in one or more of those states or the NT for at least 14 days before arrival in SA.  All other domestic travellers to SA are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

SA Police have announced that from Thursday 09 July 2020, non-SA residents arriving from Victoria will not be allowed to quarantine in SA.  Exempt travellers such as those in transport and freight will be required to wear masks and other relevant protective equipment when interacting with others in SA and quarantine when not working.  Some roads into SA will be blocked.

Transport and freight are exempted from the self-quarantine requirement – “Persons who, in the conduct of their duties, provide transport or freight services within and out of South Australia (including any crew on such transport services) and is required to be physically present in South Australia for such purpose.”

The SA Border will be controlled from 1600hrs Tuesday 24 March 2020.  Whilst there are no permits, exemptions or applications required, it is recommended that persons travelling under the transport and freight exemption have documentation with them about the nature of their business, the reason for travel to and in SA, the details of where they intend going, period of the stay, as well as how they will manage the COVID-19 risks during their time in SA.

From 11 May 2020, an essential traveller in the transport and freight category must keep and retain records of close contacts for a 14 day period from the date of their arrival in South Australia (or, if they remain in South Australia for a period of less than 14 days, for that period).

A person is a close contact of another person if they are in the company of the other person:

1)         Within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or

2)         Within 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer.

The records that are required to be kept in relation to a close contact are:

1)     The name and phone number or other contact details of the close contact and the location at which the close contact occurred; or

2)     If the details are not known and it is not reasonably practicable to obtain those details—the time during which and location at which the close contact occurred.

The records must:

1)     Be retained for a period of 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept.

2)     Be provided to an authorised officer on request.

The SA Government has produced an Essential Traveller Record Of Close Contact Form.

From 01 July 2020, travellers to SA, including road freight, must apply for pre-approval to enter using an online form.  Applications should be made at least 72 hours before arrival in SA.  Travellers can apply for one off or repeat entry.  If approved, the traveller will be issued an approval number which needs to be supplied to SA officials at the border.  Persons in border communities that have already been issued an approval notice do not need to apply again.  Currently, travellers unable to get approval before arrival can provide their application details or complete the application at the border checkpoint.  An interim assessment will be made and SA Police advise no traveller will be turned away.

Travel Restrictions

SA Government Cross Border Travel

SA Cross Border Travel Directive #7

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government is currently planning on changing border controls on 24 July 2020.  Until then, all non-essential travellers to Tasmania are required to self-isolate in government provided accommodation for 14 days.

Transport, freight and logistics are essential travellers - 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, including truck drivers travelling with their truck, must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form which can be completed beforehand or completed on arrival.

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

From 05 July 2020, additional conditions apply to exempt travellers that have lived or been in Greater Melbourne in the 14 days before arrival.  This includes wearing a surgical face mask when working and staying in their Tasmanian residence when not working or out for an essential purpose (see Annexure B of Direction).  Greater Melbourne includes:

Banyule

Bayside

Boroondara

Brimbank

Cardinia

Casey

Darebin

Frankston

Glen Eira

Greater Dandenong

Hobsons Bay

Hume

Kingston

Knox

Manningham

Maribyrnong

Maroondah

Melbourne

Melton

Monash

Moonee Valley

Moreland

Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik

Port Phillip

Stonnington

Whitehorse

Whittlesea

Wyndham

Yarra

Yarra Ranges

 

Directions for Persons Arriving in Tasmania

Coming To Tasmania

Biosecurity Tasmania

Victoria

Victoria has no restrictions on cross border travel and most internal travel.

The Victorian Government has announced that as of 08 July 2020, all local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell will be declared a hotspot and subject to Stage 3 stay at home orders.  This is expected to last for at least six weeks.  Travel within these areas is restricted to four valid reasons, including work where the work can not be performed at home.  Therefore, road transport is not restricted.  Drivers travelling within the hotspots are advised to carry sufficient evidence demonstrating their work need to be there and adopt COVOD-19 safe practices.

Some states and territories have restricted entry to people living or working in these areas.  Anyone potentially affected is strongly advised to check for restrictions before travelling outside Victoria.  It should also be noted that other states and territories may declare different Victorian locations to be hotspots.

Restricted Victorian Areas

Chief Health Officer Area Direction

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 previous restriction on all domestic travellers to WA being required to self-quarantine for 14 days except if they are performing an essential service.

Transport, freight and logistics are exempt.  Transport, freight and logistics is defined as: “any person (other than an airline or maritime crew member) 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.”

Persons involved in transport, freight and logistics MUST apply for and receive approval to enter WA BEFORE arrival.  Applicants for a freight, transport or logistics exemption are required to explain the reasons for seeking an exemption.  You can apply for an exemption:

·           Online:  Go to the G2G Pass website.  If your exemption is approved you will be issued with a QR code that you can display on your phone or print.  A G2Pass app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

·           By email:  Complete a WA Entry – Request for Approval as an Exempt Traveller form and emailing it WAEntryRequest@police.wa.gov.au.  A person who has made an application must carry the exemption form and proof of having submitted it with them at all times in WA.  You must also carry any additional documentation proof used to support your application.  A failure to have the required documentation risks penalties including imprisonment or a fine of $50 000 for an individual and $250 000 for an organisation.

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.

From 05 Jun 2020 travel is now permitted throughout regional WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Travel & Transport Advice

Quarantine (Closing The Borders) Declaration

Premier’s Media Statement 03.04.20

WA State of Emergency Declarations