Transport for NSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry

Latest update, Monday 17 January 2022

The situation and advice is changing frequently. Please monitor the NSW Government website for the most up to date advice. 

Please subscribe to receive regular updates about current rules and restrictions for freight and logistics workers. 

If you have any questions please contact freight@transport.nsw.gov.au or see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

    Online education to support COVID-19 Safe freight workers

    The NSW Government has launched a new online learning course for freight workers. The free course steps freight workers through the most up-to-date COVID-19 Safe practices that can be used in their workplace.

    Workers simply need a mobile phone and the internet and they can run through the 30 minute course when it suits them and will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful finish.

    Access the COVID-19 Safe Practices Education for Freight Workers, NSW course here.

    COVID-19 tests for road and rail freight

    TfNSW Freight acknowledges the efforts of the freight industry to continue to transport critical supplies across the country in challenging circumstances.

    As such, to continue to support the freight industry in managing its operations, the 6 TfNSW COVID-19 testing sites will remain open for asymptomatic testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These sites are:

    • Ballina
    • Narrandera
    • Taree
    • Tarcutta
    • Marulan and
    • Yass.

    Update to operating hours: Assisted testing by pathology staff at the Narrandera COVID-19 testing site will be available 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.

    The map below shows where the freight-friendly testing sites are located and what services are available at each of the sites. 

    Map of freight friendly testing sites

    Process for testing at our freight friendly sites

    Our testing sites are for asymptomatic freight workers only. On arriving at the testing site, freight workers will be required to identify themselves by providing:

    • a heavy vehicle license or
    • rail worker safety card.

    A sample will be taken and results will be sent to the driver’s mobile number.

    Any worker who is feeling unwell or displaying cold or flu like symptoms should not attend work, should be tested immediately using a rapid antigen test (RAT) at home or a PCR test at a NSW community testing clinic and self-isolate while waiting for results.

    From 12 January, people must register a positive COVID-19 result through a rapid antigen test through Service NSW.

    While all efforts are being made to ensure freight moves as efficiently as possible, operators are encouraged to plan ahead as some delays may be experienced and to factor this into fatigue management plans.

    Go to the Live Traffic website for the latest traffic information.

    Air and sea freight 

    NSW ports and airports remain open for freight imports and exports.

    Australian Border Force advice supports vessels and aircrafts arriving in Australian ports, subject to them meeting the necessary criteria.

    The Port Authority of New South Wales will continue to follow the advice set by the Australian and State governments in relation to the entry of commercial vessels to the ports of NSW.

    For further information on the requirements for air travel, including maritime crew members traveling by air to NSW, see the Public Health Orders and Frequently Asked Questions on the NSW Government webpage.    

    Further information is provided in the Maritime freight Public Health Orders Factsheet. (PDF, 240.73 KB)

    The NSW Government has announced a range of export support measures for NSW businesses which can be found at NSW Treasury

    Information on the International Freight Assistance Mechanism for air freight agricultural and fisheries exports can be found on the Austrade and the Business.gov.au websites.

    FAQs

    Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information. 

    What are the COVID testing requirements in NSW?

    On 5 February 2022, National Cabinet agreed to remove the seven-day rolling testing requirement for freight workers.

    Asymptomatic testing is available at the 6 Transport for NSW managed sites and two council managed freight-friendly testing facilities as well as at community testing facilities in regional and metropolitan NSW.

    Any worker who is feeling unwell or displaying cold or flu like symptoms should not attend work, should be tested immediately using a rapid antigen test (RAT) at home or a PCR test at a NSW community testing clinic, and self-isolate while waiting for results.

    From 12 January, people must register a positive COVID-19 result through a rapid antigen test through Service NSW.

     

    Is a business able to request mandatory regular testing for employees coming to site and also are we able to request mandatory temperature checks for employees before entering? 

    As part of the business’s COVID Safe Plan you can consider implementing safety measures such as mandatory COVID-19 testing or temperature testing prior to entry. More details can be found on the NSW Health website.

    What do I do if my business is linked with a COVID-19 case?

    If a business is linked to a COVID-19 case, there are two ways it might be informed of a COVID-19 link:

    • being notified by public health authorities
    • an employee or other contractor notifying that they have been diagnosed.

    For more information, including what to do once you have been notified, please visit Guidance for businesses with linked COVID-19 cases.

    What are the rules for travelling to other states and territories from NSW? 

    For the latest information on testing and other entry requirements you are advised to visit the website for the state or territory you will be travelling to, provided in the links below. We advise you keep up to date as requirements could change at short notice.

    What are the rules for arriving into NSW from interstate?

    There is currently no requirement to complete an entry declaration form when travelling to NSW. You need to follow the rules for entering and leaving NSW from other Australian states and territories.

    More information on the current interstate travel rules is available on the NSW Government website. 

    NSW road freight links

    The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Coronavirus page
    Information on the NHVR’s response to Coronavirus including information on state border restrictions and required entry border forms

    The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) new online map
    Online map of service centres, truck stops and roadhouses that remain open for heavy vehicle drivers

    NSW road network maps and approved roads
    Interactive maps are available for road freight transport vehicles, special purpose vehicles and load carrying vehicles

    NSW rest area map
    The online rest areas map provides information for heavy vehicle rest area locations for major roads across NSW