COVID 19 Measures

In response to the outbreak of the human disease COVID-19, a major emergency has been declared in South Australia.


PIRSA establishes COVID-19 website and hotline

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions has also established a dedicated website with information on how COVID-19 affects primary industries:

EP Ports Community Meeting

All attendees at the EP Ports Community Meeting held at Cummins are required to self isolate at home up to and including 31/03/2020 after Senator Rex Patrick was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Attendees will need to stay at home and not go into public places including work, school, childcare, university, or public gatherings. Do not allow any visitors inside the home. If anyone comes to your door, please keep at least 1.5 metre distance from the person and wear a mask, if possible.

SA Health is contacting attendees at the meeting and those in Senator Patrick’s diary.

If you develop any of the symptoms of coronavirus disease please contact your GP or attend a coronavirus clinic. Please call ahead to your general practitioner and inform them that you are a contact of a confirmed coronavirus case. If urgent medical attention is required please call 000, informing them that you are a contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease. Calling ahead will make sure they can take measures to avoid spreading the infection. Please ensure you wear a mask (if possible) while in transit.

More information is available from SA Health or via the National Coronavirus Hotline 1800 020 080


SA Border Closure

South Australia’s borders have closed in response to COVID-19.. Under the Cross Border Travel Direction 2020, any person entering SA will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival, subject to exemptions for ‘Essential Travellers’.

This measure has been put in place immediately, and border control measures will apply.

Growers should consider the purpose of their travel to determine if they are an ‘Essential Traveller’ as there are specific provisions for agriculture and freight. ‘Essential Travellers’ include:

  • A person employed or engaged in agricultural or primary industry that requires the person to be physically present in South Australia.
  • A person providing transport or freight services in the conduct of their duties into, within, and out of South Australia.
  • A person who is ordinarily resident at or a near a South Australian border and who in the ordinary course of their occupation, education or daily life, has reasonable cause to travel across that border.
  • A person who is passing through South Australia by the most direct practical route and means.

GPSA has been advised that SA Police are requiring persons entering South Australia to complete this form.

A full list of exemptions to the requirement for self-quarantine is listed in Schedule 1 of the Cross Border Travel Direction 2020.

Travellers entering the state will be required to determine if they meet these requirements. A member of the public who believes they are an ‘essential traveller’ will be asked to justify their status if they are spoken to by police at a checking point or any other place in the State. The officer will then make a final determination and where appropriate allow the traveller to transit into the state uninterrupted, or in other cases the requirements to quarantine under the direction will apply.

While state governments are co-ordinating their approach to freight transportation, it is possible that different states or regions may implement more restrictive measures as the Cornavirus pandemic develops.

Growers should pay careful attention to government announcements in case the situation changes.


drumMUSTER collection ceases

Growers should be advised that drumMUSTER collections by community groups have ceased until further notice due to COVID-19. Councils and other collection agencies will decide whether to continue their own collection programs.

You can find your nearest drumMUSTER collection point (including current operational status) here.


Work Health & Safety

Growers should urgently consider their WH&S arrangements and policies given the potential for community transmission of COVID-19 in SA.

Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risks to health and safety.

Many workplaces have now implemented hygiene and social distancing requirements to minimise the potential for transmission.


SafeWork SA recommends that PCBUs:

  • Closely monitor official Government sources for current information and advice
  • Review and promote your business policies and measures for infection control
  • Ensure that workers are aware of the isolation/quarantine periods in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health (this includes information on when staff should not attend work)
  • Provide clear advice to workers about actions they should take if they become unwell or think they may have the symptoms of COVID-19, in accordance with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health
  • Eliminate or minimise international work travel, in line with the travel advice on the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website
  • Provide regular updates to workers about the situation and any changes to organisational policies or procedures
  • Consider contingency planning to manage staff absences
  • Provide workers with information and links to relevant services should they require support.


More information

SafeWork SA

Farmer’s Guidebook to WH&S

SA Health latest updates

SA Police


Growers should continue to monitor trusted media sources to ensure that they receive the latest information.

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