COVID 19 Measures
COVID 19 Measures
In response to the outbreak of the human disease COVID-19, a major emergency has been declared in South Australia.
Growers should continue to monitor SA Government sources to ensure that they receive the latest information.
PIRSA COVID-19 website and SA Health hotline
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions has established a dedicated website with information on how COVID-19 affects primary industries.
Primary industry production and the entire food supply chain are essential services and can continue to operate as normal (with consideration of social distancing and other restrictions).
PIRSA will continue to update the page as more information becomes available. Website available here
SA Health has established a COVID-19 hotline to provides local information on COVID-19 to the general public from 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days per week. Contact the Hotline at: 1800 253 787
SA Border Closure
A direction was issued by the State Coordinator on travel into South Australia. Check the SA Police website for up to date information about travelling across the border. Website available here.
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SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
A reminder that SA Health has launched a mental health support line to help support the health and wellbeing of South Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trained Lifeline counsellors will receive calls and also provide a call-back support service for people in distress, or who are in need of additional support caused by social isolation and long periods of quarantine. The support line will be staffed seven days week, from 8am to 8pm and can be reached at 1800 632 753.
Mental health emergency hotline: 13 14 65
Website: Mental health services
Read the SA Health Mental Health impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) factsheet.
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.
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.
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