Freight and logistic operators
Freight and logistic operators include:
- heavy vehicle drivers
- rail crew and drivers
- non-heavy vehicle commercial freight operators
- logistics and support workers
- any other persons essential to the delivery of freight in the course of a freight movement.
Affected Area means the Local Government Areas of:
- Georges River
And the following postcpodes of Penrith (in the State of New South Wales):
- Claremont Meadows
- Erskine Park
- Kemps Creek
- Mount Vernon
- North St Marys
- Orchard Hills
- Oxley Park
- St Clair
- St Mary
A close contact is someone who you have been:
- in an enclosed space with 2 hours or longer or
- within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes or longer.
Freight and logistics operators
Last updated: 11 October 2021
If you are a freight and logistic operator coming to Queensland and have been in another state or territory in Australia, you will need to follow the mandatory requirements set out in the Queensland Freight Protocol.
The Queensland Freight Protocol does not apply to freight and logistics operators who only work in Queensland.
Interpreting services are available for people who have difficulty communicating in English. Please telephone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and ask for an interpreter.
Requirements from 5 October 2021
From 1am on Tuesday 5 October 2021, all freight and logistics operators entering Queensland from another state or territory in Australia must comply with the following requirements.
- By 1am AEST on 15 October 2021, you must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter Queensland under an F Pass, and
- by 1am on 15 November 2021, you must have received the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or provide evidence of a booking to receive the second dose.
- If you have a recognised medical contraindication, and have a medical certificate or letter from a General Practitioner confirming this, you may enter Queensland for an essential freight activity without being vaccinated against COVID-19.
- You must have a valid F Pass (Freight and Logistics) to enter Queensland from another state or territory in Australia, regardless of whether a hotspot or affected area has been declared.
- The X Pass (Border Zone) will no longer be valid when operating under the Queensland Freight Protocol.
Mandatory COVID-19 testing
- You must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result within 7 days prior to entering Queensland, and
- You must maintain a rolling 7-day testing regime (using a PCR test only) while travelling in and out of Queensland.
- You will no longer be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in the last 72 hours, or maintain rolling 3-day testing.
- If you develop any symptoms, immediately seek medical attention or contact 134 COVID (13 42 68).
- If you are:
- asymptomatic and undertaking mandatory COVID-19 testing as a freight and logistics operator, you are not required to isolate while awaiting a test result
- symptomatic or tested for any reason other than as a freight and logistics operator, you must continue to follow all relevant public health advice, including isolating until a negative test result is received and you are symptom-free.
Stay at home requirements for unvaccinated drivers
- If you are not yet fully vaccinated and you enter Queensland from another state or territory, when taking a long rest break (of 7 hours or more) while on duty, you must comply with the stay at home requirements outlined in the Border Restrictions Direction.
- You will be permitted to leave your accommodation for essential purposes only (not including recreational or social purposes).
- If you’re not a Queensland resident, accommodation includes any accommodation you may be staying in, including the sleeper cab of your vehicle.
- "Fully vaccinated" means you have received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and it has been two weeks since the final dose.
Leave your vehicle for essential purposes only
- You may only leave your vehicle while on duty for an essential purpose such as refuelling, using restroom facilities or consuming food only in a location where physical distancing can be reliably maintained.
Full details of all the changes are provided in the Queensland Freight Protocol.
Other jurisdictions may have other requirements and it is your responsibility to understand the requirements applicable in the jurisdiction in which you are travelling.
Queensland Border Declaration Pass
- Note that if your circumstances change, such as you develop symptoms consistent with COVID- 19, you visited an interstate venue which is published as an interstate exposure site and you were at the venue during the exposure period, or you have had contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the pass becomes void.
- You must have access to either a paper or electronic copy of your F Pass and all required supporting evidence, including evidence of COVID-19 testing and vaccination and evidence of identity such as a driver licence or Medicare card.
- You must renew your Queensland Border Declaration Pass every 14 days.
- Each individual person in a vehicle must complete their own Queensland order Declaration Pass.
- It is an offence to provide false, misleading or incorrect information on a Queensland Border Declaration Pass or supporting evidence; punishable by a fine, a court-imposed penalty or up to 6 months imprisonment.
Evidence of testing
At any time, you may be requested to provide evidence of COVID-19 testing to an Emergency Officer (public health), including at border locations.
An SMS text message, email or written confirmation from the testing organisation can be evidence that a test has been taken and of your negative result.
Only the results of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests will be accepted. Results of rapid antigen tests will not be suitable evidence of COVID-19 testing.
Evidence of vaccination
Evidence of vaccination may be your vaccination card, immunisation history or other written evidence provided by your general practitioner. Evidence of a booking may be in the form of an appointment booking confirmation text, email or other written evidence.
You can get a copy of your Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register .
COVID-19 testing locations
Freight and logistics operators can be tested at dedicated heavy vehicle COVID-19 testing locations, Queensland Health fever clinics and private pathology providers.
Dedicated heavy vehicle COVID-19 testing locations in Queensland
Pathology staff will be onsite to test drivers—please be patient and courteous while attending testing.
To assist pathology staff, it is recommended that you display your name and phone number on a large sign visible from your window upon arrival for testing.
You will need to complete forms, show your identification (heavy vehicle drivers licence or pilot and escort ID) and a valid F Pass to health workers on site.
You can access this COVID-19 heavy vehicle temporary testing facility if you are permitted to drive on the Gateway Motorway - take Exit 177.
- Monday to Sunday 8am – 4pm.
- Monday to Sunday 8am – 4pm.
This site is road train accessible.
This site is accepting agricultural workers in light vehicles.
Port of Brisbane
Drivers in prime movers *without trailers only*, light and heavy rigid trucks can ALSO be tested at:
- Acacia Ridge Football Club
Ron Proud field
174 Mortimer Road
Acacia Ridge QLD
- Australian Outback Spectacular carpark
Queensland Health fever clinics
Freight and Logistics operators can also be tested at all Queensland Health fever clinics.
To be prioritised for testing at a fever clinic, you will need to show your identification (heavy vehicle driver licence or pilot and escort ID) and a valid F Pass to the health workers. You will be provided evidence of your test which you must keep with you while travelling in and out of Queensland.
Heavy vehicle driver testing locations across Australia
To support industry in maintaining mandatory testing the NHVR COVID-19 Support Map provides details of all dedicated heavy vehicle driver testing sites across Australia.
From 1am on 15 October 2021, freight and logistics workers who have been in another state or territory in the previous 14 days must not enter Queensland unless they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
From 1am on 15 November 2021, freight and logistics workers who have been in another state or territory in the previous 14 days must not enter Queensland unless they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or have evidence of a booking to receive their second dose.
Evidence of vaccination may be the your vaccination card, immunisation history or other written evidence provided by your general practitioner. Evidence of a booking may be in the form of an appointment booking confirmation text, email or other written evidence.
Dedicated freight and logistics COVID-19 vaccination locations
These sites are for freight, logistics and agribusiness operators, operating under an F Pass only. You do not need an appointment. Drivers must check in on the Check in Qld app upon arrival and remain on site for the requested observation time after vaccination.
- Located on the corner of Boyd Street and Coolangatta Road, Tugun, with access from the Gold Coast Highway at Tugun.
- Operational 8am – 8pm, every day.
- Drivers will exit heavy vehicle for vaccination.
- Drivers will park up on the Gold Coast Highway (under a lane closure) and walk across Coolangatta Road under traffic control.
- Located in the Flower Pavillion at the Goondiwindi Showgrounds.
- Operational 6am – 10pm every day.
- Entry is via Boundary Road and exit is via Old Cunningham Highway, with pull up areas signed.
- Road train accessible.
- Drivers will exit heavy vehicle for vaccination.
- Follow directional signage on site to enter vaccination building.
You may also register to attend any Queensland Health vaccination clinic as a priority cohort in Queensland. Once you have registered as a freight and logistics operator, you will be prioritised for an appointment booking in a Queensland location suitable to your situation.
Select 'Fly In Fly Out, Freight and logistics workers' from the cohort drop-down list when registering.
All Queensland Health vaccination clinics are now also accepting walk ins. Please check the Queensland Health vaccination locations website for the most up to date information.
Alternatively, visit the Australian Government Eligibility Checker and book an appointment directly with your own GP.
After you have been vaccinated, you can get a copy of your Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
You can access this information through the myGov website using your Medicare online account, the Medicare Express Plus app, or My Health Record; or by calling 1800 653 809.
Please watch the message to you, from the Queensland Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young PSM.
As part of the recordkeeping requirements, you must:
- keep written records of your proximate contacts at all times for 14 days starting on the date you arrive in Queensland, or until you leave (if less than 14 days).
- keep records when off-duty, between shifts, and on recreational days.
- keep records of your proximate contacts including their:
- name (if available)
- phone number or email address (if available)
- the day, time and location that you saw them.
- provide your records to an Emergency Officer (Public Health) or a contact tracing officer if requested.
Check in at all venues and document all interactions by registering applicable QR codes or filling supplementary work diary record sheets where no electronic means of tracking is available.
By using the Check In Qld app you’ll be:
- able to check in to participating businesses without having to enter your details each time
- protecting your own personal information – data is stored by the Queensland Government and only used for contact tracing if needed
- helping make contact tracing faster, more reliable and complete.
COVID-19 support for heavy vehicle drivers
Find out more about a number of changes made by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to assist heavy vehicle drivers and operators during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.
COVID-19 support for rail crew and drivers
Find more COVID-19 border information for train drivers and rail safety workers at the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator website.
COVID-19 support for agriculture freight workers
Find advice and assistance for agriculture freight workers at the Business Queensland website.
Find more about managing the 2021 grain harvest at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries eHub website.
Travelling across borders
Travelling to Queensland
Find out more about freight services when travelling to Queensland from other states and territories.
Travelling from Queensland to other states and territories
For further information on the restrictions when travelling to other state and territories from Queensland visit:
- New South Wales - Transport for NSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry
- Victoria - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - ports and freight services
- South Australia - COVID-19 SA Border Information for Essential Travellers
- Northern Territory - CHO direction for freight workers
- Australian Capital Territory - Standing exemptions including freight and transport workers
- Western Australia - Transport, freight and logistics drivers
Stay up-to-date with the latest information.
- Subscribe to Transport and Main Road's heavy vehicle bulletin
- Subscribe to Agriculture and Fisheries' alerts
- Follow on Facebook:
- read the Queensland Freight Protocol
- call 134 COVID (13 42 68) for a fast response to COVID-19 queries
- call QLDTraffic on 13 19 40 for the latest information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland
- visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or download the QLDTraffic app for further assistance