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New South Wales
Exemption to Mandatory Vaccination
On 13 August 2021 NSW Health granted an exemption under the Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Amendment (No 23) Order 2021 to mandatory vaccination for freight workers delivering to Greater Sydney construction sites who live in or are staying in local government areas of concern in Greater Sydney.
The exemption applies to freight workers living in or staying in these areas of concern, who are delivering to construction sites and:
- are the driver of a vehicle that enters or remains on a construction site in Greater Sydney for the purpose of delivering or removing goods, including, but not limited to supplies, equipment, waste or spoil
- have, within the preceding 72 hours, been tested for COVID-19 and carrying evidence of having been tested
- are carrying evidence of their place of residence.
In order to enter a construction site in Greater Sydney, freight workers living in or staying in these local government areas of concern do not need to provide evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine nor evidence of an exemption.
More information about the current restrictions for construction activity in Greater Sydney can be found here.
Authorised worker priority appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations
From Monday, 16 August, you are able to book a priority appointment to get vaccinated if you are an authorised worker and live in:
- Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Paramatta local government areas and
- the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
When you make your first booking you will also need to make your second booking. The booking system is set to make your second vaccination booking at the appropriate interval. To book an appointment at a participating clinic, visit the authorised worker priority appointments webpage.
Melbourne lockdown extended
The current lockdown across Melbourne will be extended until 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September 2021 and a curfew will be put in place from 9.00pm to 5.00am every night across metropolitan Melbourne.
Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that were in place last year. Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 August 2021. The permits need to be certified by an employer.
Authorised Worker Permits are available on the coronavirus website.
Current Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions
The Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions (No. 28) came into force at 11:59pm 12 August 2021. Victorian freight workers entering on the Specified Worker (Low Interaction) Permit are required to limit their movement/activities while they are in an extreme risk, red or orange zone, subject to testing requirements but do not have to continue to restrict their movements while in their home state.
If you’re eligible for a Specified Worker (Low Interaction) Permit, and you’ve been in a red or extreme risk zone at any time after the red zone or extreme risk zone commencement time in the last 14 days, and you are a Victorian resident travelling for work outside Victoria, you must:
- quarantine at your accommodation when not working or while traveling for work
- get tested for COVID-19 at least once every 3 days during the time the permit is valid
- only leave your vehicle or the accommodation where you are quarantining when working to undertake the work that makes you eligible for the specified worker permit (e.g. driving and unloading), and to:
- access toilet and bathroom facilities
- pay for fuel
- purchase essential items
- purchase takeaway food and drink
- depart Victoria from an airport, seaport or railway station
- must not carry any other person as a passenger in the driver’s cabin of a vehicle while traveling for work outside of Victoria, other than for the purpose of providing specified work in an occupation included in the Specified Worker (Low Workplace Interaction) List
- minimise contact with others when not traveling for work outside of Victoria
- wear a mask indoors and outdoors whilst traveling for work outside of Victoria.
Truck curfews have been removed
With the extension of the lockdown, the Government has lifted truck curfews across Victoria until 11.59pm 19 August 2021. This date may be extended.
Heavy vehicles can pass time-based curfew "no trucks" signs when making grocery deliveries to supermarkets or personal hygiene products to retail outlets. Heavy vehicles can also remain in loading zones for the time required to make these deliveries.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads continues to work with Queensland Health on the exact requirements for those freight and logistics operators who work within as well as across the NSW Border Zone entering Queensland.
Freight and logistics operators can continue to operate under the existing QLD Freight Protocol as well as NSW border zone arrangements without changes.
NSW Border Zone
- Freight and logistics workers who are Queensland residents, or border zone residents, who have only been in the NSW border zone in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland, require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (Border Zone Travel - X Pass) to enter QLD for work, and do not need to undertake COVID-19 rolling surveillance testing.
- Freight and logistics workers who are Queensland residents can continue to enter and work in the lockdown (stay at home) zones (currently entire New South Wales border zone, including Tweed Shire, Kyogle Council, Tenterfield Shire, Inverell Shire, Glen Inns Severn Council, Clarence Valley Council, Richmond Valley Council, City of Lismore, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Gwydir Shire, Moree Plains Shire, Walgett Shire, Brewarrina Shire, Bourke Shire, and Unincorporated Far West).
- Freight and logistics workers are essential and permitted for movement between Queensland and these lockdown (stay at home) zones and do not need to have a negative COVID-19 test within seven days to enter Queensland or maintain rolling surveillance testing on entry.
- Whilst NSW resident operators are off-duty, they must follow the same rules as those required for current lockdown (stay at home) zones.
New Declared Affected Areas
Subject to Chief Health Officer endorsement, an update to the QLD Freight Protocol will be required to capture all of the following Affected Areas below.
Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith (Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys).
- Freight and logistics workers entering Queensland who have left the confines of the heavy vehicle in an Affected Area, require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (F Pass) to enter Queensland. They must have received a negative COVID-19 test result in the seven days prior to entering Queensland, and must also be able to provide evidence of a test being undertaken in the 72 hours immediately prior to entering Queensland. Furthermore, must maintain a rolling three-day testing cycle until they leave Queensland or 14 days have passed since they were in the affected area, whichever is shorter.
- Freight and logistics workers entering Queensland from declared COVID-19 hotspots require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (F Pass) to enter Queensland. They must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days of entering Queensland, and must maintain a rolling seven-day routine testing cycle while continuing to travel into and out of declared COVID-19 hotspots.
A border pass is required to enter South Australia from any other State. You must complete a Cross Border Travel Application at least 7 days prior to arrival.
All road transport operators must have a letter/documentation from their employer as well as their Cross Border Travel Registration when entering SA, and they must comply with the other requirements of essential travellers, including the wearing of a face mask when exiting the cab and when in contact with the public, maintaining close contact records, and the need to self-quarantine when not working.
In relation to close contact records, the records must be made and retained for all close contacts, or use QR codes if available, from the date of arrival in SA for 14 days not counting the day of arrival, or if they remain in South Australia for a period less than 14 days, for that period. The records need to be retained for a period of 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept.
A border pass is required to enter Western Australia. You must complete a G2G PASS.
Face masks are mandatory indoors and where social distancing cannot be maintained.
COVID-19 testing: Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result not more than 5 days old, or submit to COVID-19 testing within 48 hours of arriving in Western Australia if in the previous 14 days, you have been:
- in a low or medium-risk jurisdiction
- in another Australian state or territory
- in direct contact with a person who has been in a restricted location (low or medium-risk jurisdiction) or place outside Australia in the previous 14 days.
A COVID Safety Plan is essential.
A border pass is required to enter the Northern Territory from any other state. You must complete a Border Entry Form.
Freight risk mitigation plan: Freight workers entering the Northern Territory must also complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.
By completing a Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan freight workers agree to comply with all conditions in the plan:
Practice physical distancing;
- Quarantine and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if they have been to a hotspot in the last 14 days;
- Undertake an immediate COVID-19 test and self-isolate if they show symptoms – fever (sweats), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or tiredness (fatigue);
- Provide evidence of their last COVID-19 test result or agree to a test within 48 hours of arriving in the NT if they have been in a declared hotspot in the last 14 days;
- Maintain a log of movements and close contacts for the 28 day period immediately prior to entering NT in a written or electronic form; and
- Carry 2 weeks supply of PPE including gloves, face masks and protective eye wear.
COVID-19 testing: Testing every seven days is mandatory for freight workers. COVID-19 testing can be booked by calling 0448 582 731.
This information is a guide only. Please refer to the relevant State or Territory Government advice while planning your journey