On 24 July 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to the Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movements Protocol. National Cabinet also agreed for Transport and Infrastructure Ministers to upgrade the Protocol into an Enforceable Code.
On 7 August 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movement Protocol. PDF
The enforceable measures in the Freight Movement Code will deliver greater consistency between states and territories when implementing their border controls. State and territory governments remain responsible for implementing and enforcing the Freight Movement Code.
Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movements Protocol
On 24 July 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to the Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movements Protocol PDF
The Protocol has been endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and complements existing WHS, fatigue management, health directives and COVIDSafe workplan requirements. Premiers and First Ministers have agreed that state and territory governments will put measures in place to ensure the protocols can be enforced as a code for industry.
Critical Role of the Freight Sector
On the 25 March 2020, the Transport and Infrastructure Council released a communique about the impacts of the coronavirus on Australia’s transport sectors.
The link to the Code and Protocol: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/vehicle_regulation/ris/
The PM’s National Cabinet update is online: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-7aug2020
The TIC Communique is also available: https://www.transportinfrastructurecouncil.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/7-august-2020-covid-19-communique.pdf
The Joint DPM and AM release: https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/mccormack/media-release/more-action-taken-keep-australian-freight-moving
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