COVID-19 – Update Border Changes
(Information in this update has been provided by the Queensland Trucking Association).
QLD-Update on border closure to SA
The South Australia has been added to the COVID-19 Hotspot List.
The Queensland Chief Health Officer Directive 17 remains in place as of today. We will communicate any updates as soon as they arrive.
Please apply all the required protocols for entering Queensland from a COVID-19 Hotspot as per Directive 17 and the Queensland Freight Protocol.
If you have any questions, please call the QTA office for clarification 07 3394 4388 or call the COVID hotline 134 COVID (134 268).
WA-Border Protocol Update 15/11/2020
The WA Government’s move from a hard borders to controlled borders commenced on Sunday 15th November. The new WA directions were issued today. The directions for Transport, Freight and Logistics can be found here.
Entry requirements G2G Pass – this must be completed and issued prior to entering WA.
We have been advised by Western Roads Federation that there are some reported issues with drivers being directed to quarantine. It is understood that this is due to some issues with the back end of the G2G app and the transition to a hard border closure.
How to prevent any entry issues when applying for the G2G Pass:
It is recommended that drivers state in writing that they are a Transport Freight and Logistics driver operating under the conditions of the WA Transport, Freight and Logisitics Direction (No 2).
WA COVID-19 Testing Requirements:
The current testing regimes for transport, freight and logistics drivers remain.
1. Take a COVID test within 48 hours of arrival in WA unless you have been tested in the five days prior to entering.
2. If remaining for more than 7 days, a needs to be undertaken on the 7th day since your last COVID test. Seven day testing regime remains until you depart WA.
Changes to WA Entry Due to SA Outbreak
The WA Premier, has announced that due to South Australia recording three local cases of COVID-19 today, that the following changes to WA’s controlled interstate border will come into effect immediately:
- Anyone arriving from South Australia at Perth Airport will now be tested for COVID-19 on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival at another COVID clinic) and given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
- These arrivals will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 on Day 11;
- Anyone arriving via road from South Australia will be given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise and required to take a COVID-19 test on Day 2 and on Day 11;
- Anyone who arrived from SA earlier today and yesterday, via road or air, will be contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 in the next 48 hours and self-quarantine until results are returned.
Impacts for Transport Freight and Logistics:
This means that operators who are intending to fly people in from SA may need to re-think their plans.
(Exempt Traveller Status for drivers travelling in trucks across the SA and WA border as the existing Exempt Traveller status should apply, subject to compliance with the EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 2005 (WA) Sections 67 and 72A TRANSPORT, FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS DIRECTIONS (NO 2)
Thanks to Western Road Federation for the information on the changes.