ACAPMA has received information from the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in relation to the COVID-19 testing requirements for commercial transport and freight industry. Information on testing locations, hours of operation and commencement dates are all now available in detail, along with the general requirements and the essential traveler requirements. To address the rapidly changing environment the Department has also launched a dedicated transport update service.
As part of SA boarder restrictions there is a requriement for all commercial transport and freight drivers to hold a certified negative COVID-19 test from within the last 7 days. The practical application of this requriement has caused some issues, particularly given the VIC authorities do not test without symptoms and do not issue certificates. To address this border testing on the SA side was established, however the location and operational hours of the testing stations has been unclear to operators.
Board Update Service – available now
The Department has released the locations and operational hours of testing stations (see below) and has also launched a subscription service that will notify subscribers of changes that effect them. Commercial transport and freight operators and drivers are encouraged to register at; https://dpti.sa.gov.au/covidborderinfo
All travellers into South Australia are required to complete a cross border registration form that must be completed 72 hours prior to arrival.
If you are a Commercial Transport and Freight Services Essential Traveller you need to apply online and provide sufficient evidence in your cross border travel registration form to allow a decision on Essential Traveller status to be made. Evidence in the application includes a letter from employer stating the duties required to be undertaken and details of the locations, ABN number and includes the employee’s name and address.
If approved to enter SA From NSW, ACT or VIC, you must have had a COVID-19 test up to 7 days prior to entry or as soon as practicable on entering SA. You will still be able to travel across the border into SA. Police Officers at the border will note whether evidence of a test was sighted or a direction to obtain a test was given.
For Essential Travellers from ACT/NSW and VIC testing is required.
All commercial transport and freight Essential Travellers who are residents of Victoria must wear a face mask when entering South Australia and self-quarantine in their truck or other private arrangements when not undertaking work-related duties.
There is no requirement for Essential Travellers from ACT and NSW to self-quarantine while waiting for test results; unless displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
There are no testing requirements for freight Essential Travellers from WA, QLD, NT and TAS.
For more information on the General Restrictions see; https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel
Border Command Centre
South Australia is strengthening its border control efforts with the establishment of an additional Command Centre based in the state’s South East.
The Mt Gambier Command Centre, will facilitate coordination and management of on the ground control efforts and activities at state border crossings.
In conjunction; additional Freight Specific testing clinics have been established at:
Status: OPEN and in operation now
Location: Yamba Quarantine Station, National Highway, A20 (Sturt Highway)
Hours of Operation: 07:00 to 21:00
- Port Augusta
Status: due to commence operations 6/8/2020
Location: Puma Service Station, Lot 9, National Highway 1 (Princes Highway)
Hours of Operation: 07:00 to 23:00
- Tailem Bend
Status: due to commence operations 5/8/2020
Location: Caltex Service Station, National Highway 1, (8786 Princes Highway)
Hours of Operation: 08:00 to 16:00
A full list of General Public testing clinics can be located at; https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid+2019/covid-19+response/covid-19+clinics+and+testing+centres
ACAPMA reminds members if they are having any issues with fuel supply and cross border access please reach out to email@example.com and we will assist in escalating the issue.