(Information in this update has been provided by the Queensland Trucking Association).
Qld-Keep alert to changes
As the situation is once again fast moving, please keep up-to-date with the list of declared COVID-19 Hotspots here. This is particularly important if you have staff returning from leave in these locations or live in those hotspots. The Greater Sydney area will be included as hotspot from 1am Monday 21/12/2020.
Freight and logisitics operators continue to remain as essential travellers, however, please revisit the definition included in Schedule 3 of the current Border Directive 20 and the Qld Freight Service Protocol as you may have staff working/visiting hotspot locations who need to return to Queensland but do not fit within the definition.
– a driver returning from leave who has been in a hotspot is not included in the definition of an essential freight and logistics operator and would be required to follow the Qld Health quarantine protocols.
– a manager working in an interstate location in a hotspot are not included in the definition of an essential freight and logistics operators
F Pass – Qld Freight Declaration Pass
We are currently seeking Question 3. to be re-worded as this question currently is written for operators already in NSW wanting to return to Queensland. If you have drivers that need to apply for a pass in the next day or so, please advise them to answer Yes to Question 3.
Keep up-to-date with the situation in NSW here
WA-Border measures strengthened
WA have implemented increased border entry measures – see the latest update here
Travel from New South Wales into WA is now classified as ‘medium risk’. As a result, travel from NSW is no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller (freight and logistics operators are included in the exempt list). This also applies to anyone who may have been in NSW since December 11 and hasn’t completed 14 days in a lower risk state or territory.
What does this mean for freight and logistics operators?
All drivers entering WA will continue to require a G2G Pass completed for via the G2G Pass App.
Follow COVID-19 Safe Business Plans
Maintain Close Contact Records
Interstate transport and freight workers entering WA are still required to show evidence of having received a negative COVID-19 test result in the past five days.
Thanks to WRF for the updated information.
NT-extension of hotspot locations
The NT government has extended the list of declared COVID-19 hotspots in the Greater Sydney area as of 20/12/2020 – see the latest update here. Keep up-to-date with the list as the situation is changing rapidly.
What does this mean for freight and logisitics operators?
– If you have drivers planning to enter NT, they will need to complete the online application for exemption.
– Organisations applying for an exemption for their employees and who are governed by a COVID-19 management plan must attach a copy to the online form.
– The Application will then be assessed on its merits by the Chief Health Officer or appropriate delegate. The processing of applications can take up to 10 business days.
– Approved applicants will also then need to complete a Border Entry form before arrival.
SA-extension of hotspot locations
SA have extended the areas identified as ‘prohibited locations’ and high community transmission zones – Link to Current health alerts
Cross Border Travel Restrictions for Commercial transport and freight operators are as follows:
– Entry Permits are required to enter SA – complete at least 3 days prior to entry (we are waiting on confirmation of how long the permits are valid for)
– Anyone (including essential commercial transport and freight operators) that has been in a prohibited area since the listed dates in the current health alerts CANNOT enter SA.
COVID-19 Testing requirements for drivers
If at any time since the RELEVANT DATE a driver has been in a HIGH Community Transmission Zone they must undergo a COVID-19 Test:
- Within 24 hrs of arrival
- On the 5th day after arrival (unless departing earlier) and
- On the 12th day after arrival unless departing earlier
or Provide proof of a COVID test OR Test result within the past 7 days IF asked by an Authorised Officer.
FACE MASKS: are NOT required by Commercial Transport and Freight Essential Travellers
Thanks to SARTA for the updated information.