VIC–NSW Border Closure: The Low-Down

To say that 2020 has been a challenging time for most of us is surely an understatement. From drought to bushfires to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the year has certainly set out to test our mettle.

‘Second wave’: NSW and Vic border closure

As Victoria begins to see a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 cases, the state has reinstated stay-at-home orders in metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell to the city’s north.

Along with these developments, Victoria and New South Wales have recently announced the temporary closing of the border between the two states.

With effect from Wednesday, 8 July 2020, you will not be able to travel from Victoria into NSW—unless you have a current NSW border entry permit.

Nevertheless, essential services that require travel between the two states will still be able to operate. The NSW government has stated that a “person providing a critical service” will be authorised to enter with a permit.

Travelling from Vic to NSW: need-to-know for road transport operators

If your work requires you to travel from Victoria into NSW, do take note of the restrictions in place.

The list of people authorised to enter NSW from Victoria is limited, but includes people providing a critical service. Under NSW’s public health order, you’re considered a “critical services worker” if you’re in one of the following:

  • Freight and logistics
  • Maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure
  • Medical or hospital care
  • Mining, agriculture, construction, energy or manufacturing
  • Commonwealth defence and security services

However, all critical services workers will need to apply for a NSW border entry permit. To apply for a permit, go here.

Do note that there will be conditions on the permit that you will need to follow.

Image source: Yarra City Council

Other state border restrictions and updates*

*Note: information is correct as of 8 July 2020

Even with the easing COVID-19 restrictions across the country, border closures and requirements are still in place to help sustain the containment of COVID-19.

So before travelling between states and territories, make sure you’re up to date on the different border restrictions and entry requirements, and that you have all the necessary paperwork sorted.

For more COVID-19 border updates and information, see the following:

Border restrictions are put in place; and from 8 July 2020, travel into ACT from Victoria is restricted to exempted travellers.

The Victoria–NSW border is closed with effect from 8 July 2020, with special conditions in place for freight operations and other essential services. There are other restrictions in place, with some exemptions for certain cross-border travel.

With effect from 17 July 2020, all persons travelling into the NT from a COVID-19 hotspot must complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost. NT quarantine and exemption advice can be found here.

Border restrictions are in place, and quarantine requirements vary according to your travel status/reason. Specialist workers such as “drivers transporting freight” will not need to undergo quarantine when travelling into Queensland.

According to the SA government, a pre-approval process is now implemented for those wishing to travel into SA. Essential workers, such as truck drivers, can also apply for an Essential Traveller status.

Current border restrictions continue to be enforced, but the Tasmanian government has “currently set a date of Friday, 24 July 2020, for changes to be made to current border restrictions”.

Victoria does not have any border restrictions or related updates, except for the closure of the Victoria–NSW border.

WA has strict border controls in place, and no one can enter WA—unless you have an exemption. Exemptions apply to essential workers, such as those in transport, freight and logistics. Apply for an exemption here.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, please refer to the Australian government’s COVID-19 site.

Measures have been put in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe. Check out some of our tips for truckies on how to keep safe while working.