Our response to COVID-19 for the freight industry | 7th October 2021

 

We want to ensure our clients feel safe and supported throughout the pandemic and will continue to do our best at relaying crucial state regulations, as well as carrier service updates as we're advised by our partners.

Below we've mentioned the latest updates on where the freight industry stands with each state's regulations surrounding covid-19.

Although we we do our best to release communications to our clients as quickly as possible, as the situation and advice is changing frequently, we recommend monitoring the state governments and local transport websites listed below for the most up to date advice.

 

New South Wales & ACT.

In NSW certain areas remain in lockdown and restrictions still apply however a roadmap to easing restrictions is in play, see here.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

For NSW freight & logistics industry workers, regular covid-19 tests are mandated in order to perform their duties. New legislation has also mandated that workers be vaccinated in order to continue operating within this industry. 

What evidence is required of a worker's vaccination record?

Workers are only required by law to show proof of their vaccination status to their employer so you can be assured that all employees are only able to work, once vaccinated. Please do not request this private information from drivers directly, they are not required to present this when attending premises or performing their runs however may do so willingly.

Workers should understand the evidence required in other states as this could be different to NSW.

For the most up to date advice please check the NSW Government website. You can also subscribe to receive regular updates about current rules and restrictions.

 

Victoria.

Freight and logistics are authorised workplaces and workers, and freight services can continue to operate normally throughout Victoria for business purposes. 

Authorised workers are required to carry permits when working and travelling for work. These must be certified by an employer.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

The Victorian government has recently mandated vaccinations for workers within the freight industry and workers refusing to be vaccinated, are unable to continue to work in the industry.

From 23 September, the eligibility criteria of the Specified Worker (Multiple Entry) Permit will include one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or be booked in to receive a first dose by 7 October. This includes Victorian residents.

What evidence is required of a worker's vaccination record?

Workers are only required by law to show proof of their vaccination status to their employer so you can be assured that all employees are only able to work, once vaccinated. Please do not request this private information from drivers directly, they are not required to present this when attending premises or performing their runs however may do so willingly.

See more information here on the Victorian freight industry regulations and https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health

 

 

Queensland.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

Freight workers within Queensland must comply with local covid-19 restrictions made available on the Queensland Health Website.

Freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from another state or territory in Australia must fulfill all the requirements outlined in the QLD Freight Protocol including:

    1. having a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass; and

    2. adhering to the mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements; and

    3. adhering to the mandatory vaccination requirements.

Read more on the full requirements for entry into Queensland here.

 

Western Australia.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

Essential freight workers arriving at the WA border from Victoria or NSW must produce evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours.

Western Australia's Response to Covid.

 

South Australia.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

Workers who have been in a restricted zone at any time during the 14 days before arriving in South Australia must produce evidence of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before their arrival.

South Australia Covid Restrictions

 

Tasmania.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

If travelling from a restricted area or hotspot or produce evidence of a negative test not more than seven days old.

Tasmania Covid Restrictions

 

Northern Territory.

What are the covid-19 testing requirements?

If arriving from a restricted area or hotspot, workers need to produce evidence of a negative test not more than seven days old.

Northern Territory Restrictions

 

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