Commercial transport and freight workers are essential travellers who are involved in the provision of transport or freight services by road, rail, air or any other means on a commercial basis. This includes any crew, as well as support workers whose entry into South Australia is essential to the supply chain but who are not travelling in a heavy vehicle or train, for example, workers carrying out repairs or repositioning empty trailers and prime movers to carry freight, and rail track workers.

All essential travellers, include commercial transport and freight workers, must complete a SA Police Cross Border Travel Registration before travelling to SA. All arrivals must adhere to the requirements outlined in the current Cross Border Travel Direction.

COVID-19 testing

Testing requirements

All COVID-19 tests must be undertaken by an approved health care worker.

Arrival from a non-restricted zone

Commercial transport and freight workers who have not been in a restricted zone in the previous 14 days must be able to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival in SA.

Arrival from restricted zone

Commercial transport and freight workers arriving by road or rail who have been in a restricted zone in the previous 14 days must be able to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours before arrival in SA, or must submit to a point-of-care antigen based test and/or a COVID-19 test.

Commercial transport and freight workers arriving by air who have been in a restricted zone in previous 14 days must be able to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival in SA or must submit to a COVID-19 test within 12 hours.

Note: Air crew who remain ‘airside’ and do not enter the terminal are not required to be processed by SA Police and therefore not required to produce evidence of testing.

Commercial transport and freight workers arriving by any means other than road, rail or air who have been in a restricted zone in previous 14 days must be able to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival in SA, or must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hours.

Testing options

Commercial transport and freight workers can access COVID-19 testing at any testing site in SA. They will be given priority access upon presentation of proof of employment.

Sites have been set up on major freight routes to assist with access to testing. Information on site location and opening hours is available at the below links.

More information on COVID-19 testing options is available on the SA Health website.

Testing evidence

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result can be in the form of a SMS or a letter from an approved pathology provider.

Rapid antigen tests

Some commercial transport and freight workers entering South Australia from restricted zones will be directed to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test, in addition to the standard COVID-19 test.

Find more information about COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing at South Australian border sites.

COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination requirements

From 12.01am 7 October 2021, all commercial transport and freight workers entering SA by road from the ACT, NSW and Victoria must be able to produce evidence of having received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

A commercial transport or freight worker is not required to have a COVID-19 vaccine if they have a medical exemption or they are pregnant. The medical exemption must be a certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner.

There are not currently vaccination requirements for commercial transport and freight workers from states other than ACT, NSW or Victoria.

Vaccination options

To ensure timely access to vaccination, walk-in appointments are available at the below dedicated commercial transport and freight worker COVID-19 vaccination site.

  • Tailem Bend COVID-19 vaccination clinic (7.00 am to 11.00 pm, 7 days)
    8786 Princes Highway, Tailem Bend

Walk-in appointments are also available for commercial transport and freight workers at the below SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Proof of employment to demonstrate eligibility, as well as evidence of the most recent negative COVID-19 test result is required.

Vaccination evidence

Evidence of vaccination could be any written documentation or electronic evidence.

An official hard copy vaccination record will be provided after the first COVID-19 vaccination appointment. This should be brought to the second appointment to keep a record of both vaccinations. It is important this record is kept as it contains medical information.

The vaccination information will also be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register, which can be accessed in the immunisation history statement of the myGov website using Medicare.

Anyone without a Medicare card can request an Individual Healthcare Identifier to access their immunisation summary through My Health Record.

For information about accessing COVID-19 immunisation record through myGov visit the Services Australia website.

Evidence of your vaccination status can be provided to SAPOL’s Central Assessment Unit now by emailing the relevant document to: SAPOL.Covid19Command@police.sa.gov.au SAPOL encourages you to send evidence of your vaccination in order to avoid delays that may be caused by having to produce it at the time of your arrival. Upon production of the evidence via email or at a border check point, your Cross Border Permit will be updated and there will be no need to produce the evidence on a subsequent arrival if travelling on the same permit.

After your vaccination

For the next day or two following your vaccination, a person may feel a little bit feverish, tired, or achy as side effects of the vaccine.

As a commercial transport and freight worker, it is important to be aware of the signs of fatigue. Driver fatigue is a leading contributor to heavy vehicle crashes in Australia, with some studies showing fatigue is involved in one eighth of Australian heavy vehicle crashes. Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, commercial transport and freight workers have a duty not to drive a heavy vehicle on a road while impaired by fatigue.

The only way to cure fatigue is to stop and take a break. Anyone feeling fatigued needs to stop work immediately (as soon as safe to do so) and not work again until they are no longer affected by fatigue.

More information

More information on heavy vehicle driver fatigue requirements is available on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.