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  • 08 Aug 2020 6:28 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    Issue 91, 8/8/2020

    Darling Downs Health have announced another drive-in testing station open from 12noon Saturday 8 August.

    Location:  BP Westbound Truckstop at Charlton just west of Toowoomba.
    Signage will be in place to show drivers where to enter and exit the test site.

    Hours of Operation:  From 12noon today, then 8.30-4.00pm 7 days a week.
    12.00pm today.

    Will drivers have to exit their vehicles?
    NO, testing process should take approx 15 minutes.

    Options for Testing
    Drivers will be given a self-collection kit so they can collect a swab themselves with the help and supervision of Darling Downs Health staff, or if they’d prefer a Darling Downs Health nurse can collect the swab for them.

    Voluntary testing recommended
    7 day testing is still voluntary however we strongly recommend that drivers/transport support workers entering in Queensland from hotspots commence the process as soon as possible.

    For the latest from Queensland Health please visit or for more Darling Downs Health COVID-19 information, our hotline is available 8am-5pm Monday to Friday – phone 1800 490 468.

  • 07 Aug 2020 11:52 AM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    The CHO has issued the new Border Directive, effective from 1am, Saturday 8 August 2020

    Links to:

    Qld Directive 11

    Q & A - Directive 11

    What are the restriction changes for road freight?
    None - the current exemption framework for freight movement remains in place under this new directive.  

    Is there a new Border Declaration Pass?
    The current passes remain in place until we are advised by the authorities that a new pass has been loaded - a member alert will be sent as soon as we receive updated information.

    Clarification on what is classified as 'cleared case of COVID-19'
    This means that a person has had COVID-19 and have received clearance from medical authorities that they have been since cleared.

    What does this mean for drivers/staff undergoing voluntary testing?
    For drivers undergoing asymptomatic voluntary testing, this means when completing the Qld Border Declaration Pass that they answer NO to the Question "have you been cleared of a case in the past 14 days.

    What must a driver/essential worker do when returning home/arriving in Qld from a declared hotspot?

    Minimise contact with the community for a period of 14 days.

    Remain isolated to the extent reasonably practicable, from the general public in their vehicle or accommodation until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter.

    Who does this apply to?
    This applies to ANY driver/essential workers whether a Qld resident or an interstate driver/essential worker.

    What would be permitted?
    Spending time with family living in the same house, going out for essential supplies only or medical attention - and to the extent reasonably practicable, practice physical distancing including by remaining at least 1.5 metres from other people.

    What would not be permitted? 
    Attending for example social events, community events, sporting events, shopping centres, restaurants, markets etc.

    News on additional testing stations
    We continue to work towards the proposed national code and pop-up testing facilities in Queensland.  Further updates in relation to that work will be provided in due course. 

  • 05 Aug 2020 4:55 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    Stage 4 Restrictions Commence midnight Wednesday 5 August:

    Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Info and Template for Permit

    Victorian COVID-19 Safe Plan Template and Guidance - must be completed by midnight 7 August 2020.

    Workplace Attendance Register

  • 01 Aug 2020 3:49 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    There are new Queensland Border Passes effective 1/8/2020 inline with the new Directive 10 issued by the Queensland Health Officer issued 10pm last night. 

    We have been made aware that there are now three different passes that may be issued.

    S - Specialist (for Essential Services)
    G - General (other than essential service eg general public)
    Q - Quarantine

    The new application does not have an option to select if you have had an asymptomatic voluntary test.

    We have had reports that some drivers are being issued a Q Pass and we think this occurs then the the answer to In the last 14 days have you is checked YES:

    We have been in contact with the authorities to get the application amended, however, as you would appreciate, with the SEQ situation evolving they are operating a maximum capacity so it may take some time to have these changes made.  It has not been confirmed if all current passes must be renewed and replaced with new passes, however it would be recommended that this be done for any drivers crossing the border from today to avoid any delays coming into Queensland.

    In the interim, we have been recommend the following on how to answer this question.

    1.  Click NONE OF THE ABOVE if the driver has presented for a Voluntary Test with NO SYMPTOMS and has received a negative result.

    2. Only click the YES TO ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE if the driver has had a test because they have had symptoms, been in contact with a known COVID-19 case or been overseas.

  • 31 Jul 2020 1:45 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    Darling Downs Health to set up COVID-19 drive-in test centre at Wallangarra

    With COVID-19 hot spots encompassing all of Victoria and now the greater Sydney area, and others likely to emerge, we’re doing all we can to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland.

    Darling Downs Health recently set up a drive-in COVID-19 test site at the Goondiwindi Showgrounds, which is open 8.30am-4.00pm, seven days, and we are opening another drive-in test site at the Driver Reviver Rest Area at Wallangarra, on the Queensland side, just over the QLD-NSW border. 

    The Wallangarra site is scheduled to be operational from 1:00pm on Monday 3 August, and from Tuesday 4 August it will be open 8.30am to 4.00pm, seven days a week.

    Full details here

  • 30 Jul 2020 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Darling Downs Health have mobilised a COVID-19 testing site at the Goondiwindi showgrounds. 

    Read full update here

  • 29 Jul 2020 9:32 AM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    From 27/7, ANY driver or essential worker must keep a Close Contact Record for 14days from the time they arrive in Queensland.

    Template - Word Doc

    Template - PDF

  • 23 Jul 2020 9:56 AM | Administration (Administrator)

    Australian Government - Economic Response to the Coronavirus – Support for Business Investment Last updated: 21 July 2020

    The Government is backing businesses to invest to help the economy withstand and recover from the economic impact of Coronavirus. The two business investment measures in this package are designed to assist Australian businesses and economic growth in the short term, and encourage a stronger economic recovery following the Coronavirus outbreak.

    These measures will support over 3.5 million businesses (over 99 per cent of businesses) with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million.

    To find out more, download a copy of the Fact Sheet which covers the Government’s existing announcement about the extension of the instant asset write off until 31 December 2020, and also includes a summary of the existing 50 per cent investment allowance which applies until 30 June 2021.

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