STATEMENT: Border Permits

January 7, 2021

Today we had an emergency meeting with the Victorian Government and key industry stakeholders regarding border permit requirements for drivers who have been to NSW. This follows the already daily representation to authorities since the new system came into place.

We have made representations due to the concerns raised by drivers who are being requested to isolate on arrival back into Victoria at the conclusion of their shift. Such requests of the hard working drivers who have safely kept the state moving throughout the pandemic is pointless.

The TWU have now been given strong commitments by DHHS this afternoon that this practice will be rectified, and the 14 day self-isolation requirement will be removed for Truck Drivers. This is welcoming news for everyone in the industry including hero long distance drivers.

We will continue to work with the Victorian Government and the industry to ensure that drivers’ wellbeing is at the forefront of decisions made at the highest level. The TWU have again reminded decision makers that it’s truck drivers who continue to move Victoria.

John Berger, TWU Vic/Tas Branch Secretary offers the following statement:

“We welcome today’s developments from the meetings with the Victorian Government and key stakeholders. We are glad that the Victorian Government has listened to our concerns. We welcome that they are working to rectify our concerns, and we will continue to work with industry and the Victorian Government to deal with the realities of the pandemic. We expect formal announcements on the new border position shortly”.

Should interstate members continue to have concerns, please contact your Organiser immediately or call the office on 1300 727 614, the information you provide is vital.