Several state road managers have placed restrictions on cross-border movements this week as a control measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
All governments are committed to ensuring the freight continues, with individual states issuing the below definitions of who is exempt from restrictions at their border.
Advice from the NHVR
Any person who in the performance of his or her duties is responsible for provision of services for 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-isolate in their vehicle or accommodation.
General Travel Information
The Queensland (QLD) border between Northern Territory and NSW will close midnight, Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Anyone entering the state by air or road will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
State borders will only remain open to freight and essential travel.
Essential travel includes:
Those travelling to and from work
Court orders including family court
Border Control Details
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Queensland Government has implemented restricted entry to Queensland from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020: click here
COVID-19 Management Plan Application Process
The appropriate form for an entry pass can be found: here
COVID-19 Management Plan Application Process for FIFO workers
FIFO workers in construction, commercial fishing, forestry, mining, petroleum, energy or agribusiness industries are still allowed to enter Queensland to work without having to undertake self-quarantine.
However, they will be required to provide evidence that they are FIFO workers, who they are working for, and that they are entering Qld to go directly to work.
The companies they work for in Queensland will also have to provide a health plan that complies with requirements set by the Chief Health Officer that ensures adequate hygiene and safety requirements to limit the transmission of COVID19.
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.
Skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
(a) A specialist required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in South Australia, where the service is time critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in South Australia;
(b) A person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible, while in South Australia, for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to South Australia;
(c) A person who is employed or engaged in agricultural or primary industry that requires the person to be physically present in South Australia
*South Australia Forestry Advice:
Most recent advice for the industry is:
Nearest border control checkpoint to Mount Gambier is situated on Jubilee Highway near the Blue Lake Sports Park.
Officials at the checkpoint told forest industry organisations (including contractors) they are able to cross the border and re-enter SA for work purposes at this stage.
Industry is currently not required to provide specific documentation to cross the border, but SAPOL will take details, including vehicle registration, driver's licence and nature of work information.
It is recommended to check conditions for re-entry with checkpoint staff when you cross the border.
In Western Australia (WA), strict border controls are in force for all access points – by road, rail, air and sea – in force as of 1.30pm (WST) Tuesday, March 24 2020.
Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
Restrictions have been placed on travel to WA’s remote Aboriginal communities, with exceptions for delivery of essential services, medical reasons, family or cultural reasons
Border Control Details
Freight is considered an essential good and will be allowed into the State, subject to strict guidelines and quarantine protocols.
People required to travel to WA to work in agriculture or primary industries are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate as they are considered essential services.