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18/06/21

Changes to SA Cross Border Travel - NSW Locations Added

The Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 16 Direction has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 17)(COVID-19) Direction 2021

The Cross Border-Associated Direction No 17 came into effect at 2:00pm on Thursday 17 June 2021.

 

Under the New Direction No17, the conditions/restrictions for entry into SA from VIC remain unchanged from the previous direction (No16)

What has changed however, is the addition of restrictions on entry into SA from certain locations in NSW:

 

People who arrived in South Australia prior to 2:00 pm Thursday 17 June 2021 and who have been at a specific COVID-19 case location at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales Website 

(with the exception of those COVID-19 case locations whose date is the 3, 4 or 5 June 2021) are subject to Level 5 requirements – this includes essential travellers.

This includes all close and causal contacts specified on the Government of New South Wales website. 

 

Level 5 requirements are: 

·         Self-quarantine for 14 days. 

·         The person must receive a COVID-19 test within 24hrs and on day 5 and 13 into South Australia. 

·         Must wear a face mask which covers their mouth and nose at any time that the person comes in contact with the public for 14 days after their arrival into South Australia. 

 

People arriving in South Australia after 2:00 pm Thursday 17 June 2021, including Essential Travellers and SA residents who have been at a specific COVID-19 case location as either a close or casual contact at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales Website  (with the exception of those COVID-19 case locations whose date is the 3, 4 or 5 June 2021) are subject to Level 6 requirements and are not permitted to enter South Australia. 

 

·         Exemptions apply for people who are escaping domestic violence, but these travellers are still subject to the Level 5 requirements as above. 

·         Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health. 

 

So as a summary, under the New Direction No17:

Restrictions to SA from VIC have not changed from the previous Direction,  and the Restrictions for entry into SA from NSW are currently limited to SPECIFIC COVID Case Locations from SPECIFIC Dates and Times.

Links to the relevant information, documents and tables can be found at the links below:

Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No17

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—Associated Direction No 17) (COVID-19) Direction (PDF, 209.6 KB) - 17 June 2021

Greater Melbourne / Victoria

Entry to SA Requirements Table - Vic (PDF, 220.1 KB) - 17 June 2021

Essential traveller requirements table (PDF, 698.8 KB) - 16 June 2021

NSW restricted zones

Entry to SA Requirements Table - NSW (PDF, 132.1 KB) - 17 June 2021

17/05/21

NATIONAL Road Safety Week 16 to 23 May 2021 Launch In Adelaide By Deputy Prime Minister

Last night, SARTA’s Sharon Middleton and Steve Shearer attended the official launch of National Road Safety Week by the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The theme of NRSW this year is PLEDGE TO DIRVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE

1200 lives are lost on our roads annually and another 40,000 are seriously injured.

Reducing those numbers, with the aim of ZERO fatalities, is up to every driver driving safely.

So ask your drivers to Take the Pledge and: PLEDGE TO DRIVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE

For more details of the NRSW go to this link:       https://roadsafetyweek.com.au/

18/05/21

In response to Robert Gottliebsen’s anti-trucking article in the Australian today, Steve Shearer made this comment online:

Well this article is both a surprise and a disappointment. A surprise because I had no idea that Robert Gottliebsen was an alarmist and disappointing because of the clear flaws in his ‘argument’. Evidently he see’s, or imagines, “anti-rail forces”, to which he referred four times, under the bed. If he seriously thinks that the very wealthy and extensively resourced rail lobby is incapable of mounting its case, then he hasn’t been paying attention for the past 30 years. The trucking industry is not “anti-rail” unlike the rail sector which is very much anti-trucking.

Indeed he seems to have swallowed the rail lobby’s fallacious claim that they are penalised whilst trucking gets a free ride. Perhaps better research would have revealed to him that the National Transport Commission, which covers road and rail freight, advised the Transport Ministers’ Ministerial Council in recent years that the trucking industry more than pays its way, for its wear and impact on the roads, under the existing charges regime and in fact that the trucking industry was being over charged by those taxes; causing the NTC to recommend to Ministers that they cease over charging the trucking industry, something which Ministers declined to accept.

The article is also disappointing in that it misleads ill-informed readers by perpetuating the myth that rail and road freight are direct competitors for all freight and that all freight can and should go by rail. The reality is actually very different. Rail is brilliant at bulk long haul freight FROM A SINGLE POINT OF ORIGIN TO A SINGLE DESTINATION. Trucking handles freight from countless thousands of points of origin to countless destinations. The truck industry is mature enough to understand and accept that all modes of freight movement are needed and they need to work in unison to deliver the overall freight task. A more measured article would have put the lack of adequate rail funding in that context.

26/05/21

COVID VIC/SA Border Restrictions UPDATE as of 25 May 2021

HV Essential Travellers Banned from entering SA from 6.17pm Wednesday 25th May

IF they have Been in any of the VICTORIAN Exposure Sites within the time periods listed by Vic

 

The new Vic restrictions apply to anybody who has been in the Victorian Exposure Sites during the periods specified by Victoria impose:

  1. Level 4 requirements apply to HV Essential Travellers who have been in the Restricted Zone B locations listed at the Vic website below at any time in the 14 days prior to 25 May; and

  2. Level 6 requirements, BANNING Entry to SA, even for HV Essential Travellers who have been in any of the Restricted Zone A EXPOSURE SITES listed in the Vic Website below at any time in the 14 days prior to 25 May

 

 https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

HV Driver Essential Travellers who have been to the listed VIC Restricted sites within the specified periods CAN apply to SA Health for an Exemption at this link:

 

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/health-advice/essential-traveller-health-exemption

 

But there is a quarantine distinction between Category 2 (residents of Restricted VIC sites) and Category 1 (not residents of the restricted VIC sites) who entered SA PRIOR to 12.23 pm Wednesday 12 May, as set out below.

 

Level 4 Requirements (if you’ve been in Restricted Zone B but NOT Zone A in the 14 days prior to 25th May)

 

  • SELF - QUARANTINE (for 14 days after arrival):

    • Category 1 (NOT normally a resident of the VIC Restricted sites) DO NOT have to self-quarantine BUT MUST NOT enter a High Risk setting in SA for 14 days after arrival:

    • Category 2 (ARE normally a resident of VIC restricted sites) Do NOT have to self-quarantine while performing your duties or travelling to or from them.

      • SO ET HV drivers who live in the VIC Restricted Sites during the specified periods must self-quarantine whilst resting in at their destination in SA

  • Must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hrs of arrival then again on days 5 and 13 AFTER the day or arrival (unless you have evidence of a COVID test/result within the last 7 days).

  • Must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) anytime they come into contact with the public for 14 days after arrival.

 

Document Links:

 

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 13) (COVID 19 ) Direction

 

COVID Entry Requirements Chart

 

Entry to SA Requirements Table

16/05/21

COVID Update: SARTA COMMENT re complaints/comments by some in the industry that the current border restrictions are too complicated:

First, the simple reality is that yes the restrictions could be far less complicated .... by imposing a total ban on entry into SA even for Essential HV drivers.

Second: as a direct result of our extensive ongoing discussions with the Govt they fully recognise the need for freight to keep moving to sustain the economy and the community ... but they can not just ignore the COVID pandemic;

Third: so in an attempt to avoid a total ban and to minimise the actual restrictions placed on ESSENTIAL Traveller HV drivers, the restrictions are unavoidably a bit more complex so as to maximise the scope for trucks and freight to keep moving, whilst safeguarding against the COVID risk;

If you read the SARTA posts on the current restrictions, which we are compelled to ensure are complete and correct, it is not at all difficult to understand that:

1. HV drivers who have NOT been to the sites listed (on NSW and Vic websites) DURING the specified period, are NOT AFFECTED AT ALL;

2. HV drivers who HAVE been in those areas during those times have to comply with either Level 5 or Level 6 requirements (which we set out clearly) depending upon:

A): WHEN they entered SA (ie before or after the time the restrictions were imposed) and

B): Whether they are normally a RESIDENT of those listed sites.

3. We also provided at the top of the Posts the link HV Drivers can use to seek and exemption.

SARTA will continue to work to ensure the safe ongoing cross-border operation of the trucking industry and that as far as possible entry requirements imposed on Essential Traveller HV drivers are realistic and minimal.

15/05/21

Dukes Highway, Bordertown Closed.

 

The Traffic Management Centre has just advised us that:

Dukes Highway will remain closed between Bordertown, SA and Kaniva, VIC for at least the next 4 hours due to an earlier serious collision.

Heavy vehicles detour via Naracoorte and Wimmera Highway.

Detailed detour points available at www.traffic.sa.gov.au

12/05/21

SA VIC Border Restrictions from 12.23pm TODAY 12 May

The restrictions on entry from specified NSW sites (see our previous update) remain. The following explains the new VIC Restrictions.

HV Essential Travellers Banned from entering SA from 12.23pm Wednesday 12 May IF they have Been in any of the VICTORIAN Exposure Sites within the time periods listed by Vic

On Wednesday 12 May SA FROM 12.23pm has ADDED Victorian Exposure sites to the SA Border Restrictions, using the same approach as for the current NSW Restrictions set out in our previous Update on 7 May.

The new Vic restrictions apply to anybody who has been in the Victorian Exposure Sites during the periods specified by Victoria impose:

1. Level 5 requirements on for those entering SA BEFORE 12.23 pm Wednesday 12th May; and

2. Level 6 , BANNING Entry to SA after 12.23

NOTE: the Victorian restricted zone, means one of the sites in that zone listed from time to time as “Tier 1 public exposure sites” or “Tier 2 public exposure sites” on the following website maintained by the Government of Victoria: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

The restrictions on entry from specified NSW sites (see our previous update) remain.

HV Driver Essential Travellers who have been to the listed VIC Restricted sites within the specified periods CAN apply to SA Health for an Exemption at this link:

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/.../essential-traveller...

NOTE: For those who seek to enter SA AFTER 12.23pm WEDNESDAT 12 May, There is NO DISTINCTION between HV drivers who are residents of the restricted areas (Category 2 Essential Traveller HV Drivers) and those who are not, including SA resident HV driver Essential Travellers. This is because under the VIC restrictions, any and all persons, including Essential Traveller HV drivers, who were in the restricted places during the specified times, should be in quarantine.

But there is a quarantine distinction between Category 2 (residents of Restricted VIC sites) and Category 1 (not residents of the restricted VIC sites) who entered SA PRIOR to 12.23 pm Wednesday 12 May, as set out below.

The Key Questions to consider re how this applies to you/your HV drivers:

1. Have they been at ANY of the listed Restricted VIC locations WITHIN the listed time periods?

a. NO: then there is NO IMPACT or restriction on SA entry

b. YES: then they:

i. can NOT enter/return to SA from 12.23 am Wednesday 12 May;

ii. if they entered SA PRIOR to 12.23 pm Wednesday 12 May then they must meet the following LEVEL 5 requirements.

LEVEL 5 Requirements (apply to any Essential Traveller HV Driver who has been in any of the VIC Restricted locations within the listed periods AND who returned to/entered SA PRIOR to 12.23pm Wednesday 12 May):

o SELF - QUARANTINE (for 14 days after arrival):

 Category 1 (NOT normally a resident of the VIC Restricted sites) DO NOT have to self-quarantine BUT MUST NOT enter a High Risk setting in SA for 14 days after arrival:

 Category 2 (ARE normally a resident of VIC restricted sites) Do NOT have to self-quarantine while performing your duties or travelling to or from them.

 SO ET HV drivers who live in the VIC Restricted Sites during the specified periods must self-quarantine whilst resting in at their destination in SA

o Must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hrs of arrival then again on days 5 and 13 AFTER the day or arrival (unless you have evidence of a COVID test/result within the last 7 days).

o Must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) anytime they come into contact with the public for 14 days after arrival.

07/05/21

HV Essential Travellers Banned from entering SA from 12.01am Friday 7 May IF they have Been in any of the NSW Exposure Sites within the time periods listed by NSW

THIS is a MAJOR Shift from the past rules BUT IT ONLY BANS ENTRY IN TO SA for HV Driver Essential Travellers who were in the specific locations at the specific times listed on the NSW website at this link:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/.../case-locations-and...

HV Driver Essential Travellers who have been to the listed NSW Restricted sites within the specified periods CAN apply to SA Health for an Exemption at this link:

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/.../essential-traveller...

NOTE: For those who seek to enter SA AFTER 12.01am Friday 7 May, There is NO DISTINCTION between HV drivers who are residents of the restricted areas (Category 2 Essential Traveller HV Drivers) and those who are not, including SA resident HV driver Essential Travellers. This is because under the NSW restrictions, any and all persons, including Essential Traveller HV drivers, who were in the restricted places during the specified times, should be in quarantine.

But there is a quarantine distinction between Category 2 (residents of Restricted NSW sites) and Category 1 (not residents of the restricted NSW sites) who entered SA PRIOR to 12.01 am Friday 7 May, as set out below.

The Key Questions to consider re how this applies to you/your HV drivers:

1. Have they been at ANY of the listed Restricted NSW locations WITHIN the listed time periods?

a. NO: then there is NO IMPACT or restriction on SA entry

b. YES: then they:

i. can NOT enter/return to SA from 12.01 am Friday 7 May;

ii. if they entered SA PRIOR to 12.01 am Friday 7 May then they must meet the following LEVEL 5 requirements.

LEVEL 5 Requirements (apply to any Essential Traveller HV Driver who has been in any of the NSW Restricted locations within the listed periods AND who returned to/entered SA PRIOR to 12.01am Friday 7 May):

o SELF - QUARANTINE (for 14 days after arrival):

 Category 1 (NOT normally a resident of the NSW Restricted sites) DO NOT have to self-quarantine BUT MUST NOT enter a High Risk setting in SA for 14 days after arrival:

 Category 2 (ARE normally a resident of NSW restricted sites) Do NOT have to self-quarantine while performing your duties or travelling to or from them.

 SO ET HV drivers who live in the NSW Restricted Sites during the specified periods must self-quarantine whilst resting in at their destination in SA

o Must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hrs of arrival then again on days 5 and 13 AFTER the day or arrival (unless you have evidence of a COVID test/result within the last 7 days).

o Must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) anytime they come into contact with the public for 14 days after arrival.

24/04/21

SA/WA Cross Border Update 24 April: Essential Travellers DETAILS

We have simplified the wording re Essential Traveller HV drivers of the Cross Border-Associated Direction No 35 which came into effect at 12.01am Saturday 24 April 2021. The changes to the Cross Border Travel-General COVID19 Direction as a result of the 3 Day Perth and Peel Lock Down are:

• Western Australia restricted zone arrivals means a person who has at any time during the period of 14 days before arrival been in the Western Australia restricted zones of Perth and Peel regions

• There are TWO Categories of Essential Traveller HV drivers re the Perth and Peel Restricted Zones:

o Category 1: those NOT normally residents of Perth or Peel;

o Category 2: those who ARE normally Perth/Peel residents.

• Essential Traveller HV drivers who have been in Perth or Peel (Western Australia restricted zone) are subject to Level 4 requirements which vary depending on whether they are Category 1 or Category 2 (normally residents of Perth/Peel):

1. SELF - QUARANTINE (for 14 days after arrival):

 Category 1 (NOT normally a Perth/Peel resident) DO NOT have to self-quarantine BUT MUST NOT enter a High Risk setting (See list below) in SA for 14 days after arrival (except for medical care or as allowed);

 Category 2 (ARE normally a resident of Perth/Peel) Do NOT have to self-quarantine while performing your duties or travelling to or from them.

 SO ET HV drivers who live in Perth/Peel must self-quarantine whilst resting in at their destination in SA

2. ALL HV Essential Travellers arriving from Perth/Peel MUST submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hrs of arrival then again on days 5 and 13 AFTER the day or arrival.

3. ALL HV Essential Travellers arriving from Perth/Peel MUST wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) anytime they come into contact with the public for 14 days after arrival.

HIGH RISK Settings in SA are facilities for:

Residential aged care

Disability care

Prison, detention centres etc

Hospital Emergency, Intensive Care, Respiratory or Oncology Dpts;

Listed Aboriginal Health Care facilities

12/04/21

WA Main Roads Cyclone Alert – Various Regional Roads Closed

Issued by Main Roads WA, Sunday 11 April "The following roads are closed from midday, Sunday 11 April

• Indian Ocean Drive northbound from Lancelin Road to Brand Highway

• Brand Highway northbound from Gingin Brook Road to Geraldton

• Midlands Road northbound from Moora to Brand Highway

Please avoid these areas until further notice

For more information - DFES Emergency Alerts