Transport for NSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry
Latest update, Thursday 18 February 2021
Arriving into NSW from interstate
Concerns notice: affected areas, places of concern and places of high concern
Rules apply to people who
- are entering NSW from an affected area
- have been to a place of concern or place of high concern during the time period specified in the COVID-19 concerns notice.
Permission to enter NSW
If you have been in an interstate place of high concern within the time specified in a COVID-19 concerns notice
- you may enter NSW only if you are a NSW resident or
- if you are not a NSW resident you may transit through NSW if you leave by the most direct practicable route.
Traveller self-declaration form
If you are 16 years and over, have been in an interstate affected area in the previous 14 days and enter NSW by air or rail, you must
- complete a traveller self-declaration form before you enter NSW (or when you enter NSW) and
- carry the completed form with you and show it to an enforcement officer if asked.
A traveller self-declaration form is required for each time that you enter NSW but only once each day of entry.
The information you provide may be used for contact tracing, if required.
NSW-Victoria border communities
If you live and travel within the NSW-Victoria border region you do not need to complete a traveller self-declaration form.
The border region is defined by the large area marked on the map along the NSW-Victorian border.
State and territory information
For the latest information 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.
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
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Road and Rail Freight
NSW freight COVID-19 testing locations
To help you and your drivers take a free COVID-19 test every seven days, we have established pop-up testing locations in NSW.
The following locations are open 24 hours per day 7 days a week:
- Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway.
- Tarcutta truck change over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway.
- Taree Service Centre, Pacific Highway.
- Narrabarba rest area, Princes Highway.
- Forbes Caltex Service Centre, Newell Highway.
Process for testing
On arriving at the testing site, drivers will be required to identify themselves by providing name, driver licence number and contact details, including mobile number for test result notification. A sample will be taken and results will be provided back to drivers to their mobile number.
Each site will be providing a Telehealth service when pop-up sites are not staffed. Teleheath involves off-site medical staff supporting freight workers to carry out tests. Freight workers will contact medical staff via video using your own device and will be supervised and supported while they take a test themselves.
At Narrandera and Tarcutta sites between 9am to 4pm each day, staff will be on-site to conduct tests. Between 4pm to 9am a telehealth service will be available. Teleheath involves off-site medical staff supporting freight workers to carry out tests. Freight workers will contact medical staff via your own device and will be supervised and supported while they take a test themselves.
Testing results are expected to take up to 48 hours.
We are reminding all operators to please take extra care and ensure that you are vigilant in practising physical distancing, minimising contact and maintaining good hygiene practices to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
Operators are reminded that any worker who is feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend work, should be tested immediately and must self-isolate while waiting for results.
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 and Australian Border Force advice supports vessels and aircraft arriving in Australian ports, subject to meeting specified 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.
Please note that the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 4) 2020which commenced on 14 December 2020 provides additional requirements for vessels entering NSW ports. The order does not apply to vessels if their voyage commenced in Australia and they haven’t been outside Australia.
Under the order, a crew member must not disembark a vessel unless it is to carry out an essential task, in an emergency, or authorised to do so by police. A person who is authorised to disembark must do one of the following:
- go directly to a quarantine facility, hospital or other medical facility for 14 days,
- go directly to an airport or another vessel immediately to leave NSW.
Suitable personal protective equipment is required to be worn while undertaking an essential activity or departing from NSW. A person travelling to the airport, a vessel or other facility is required to follow the directions of police and use appropriate transport such as a private vehicle or hire car. They cannot use any form of public transport, taxis or rideshare vehicles.
Further information is provided in the Maritime freight Public Health Orders factsheet (PDF, 417.67 KB).
For further information on the requirements for air travel, including maritime crew members travelling by air to NSW, please refer to the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 3) 2020.
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.
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