**Last updated 5/8/2020**
Update: Cross Border Travel
From 12:01 am Wednesday 29 July, only Essential Travellers will be able to enter SA from Victoria. South Australian residents will no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria. Travelling from Victoria is not permitted unless you are classified as an essential traveller or cross border community member.
The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 10) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, which came into effect on Wednesday 29 July 2020. You can access FAQs to help you understand the regulations here.
SAPOL has released an updated guide to the Essential Traveller Requirements for entry into South Australia. View the guide here.
If you are travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport, you need to complete the online pre-approval. The online portal to complete your application is available here. SAPOL has advised there are currently delays due to a large number of applications. Applicants should aim to complete the cross border travel registration form at least 14 days before they leave, regardless of where their travel begins.
Cross Border Community Members
Essential travellers living in cross border communities can still enter South Australia. To qualify for a Cross Border Community Member travel exemption you must:
- Be a resident of South Australia residing at or near a border
- A NSW resident within 50km of the SA border
- A VIC resident within 40km of the SA border
Travel is permitted for the purposes of:
- Employment or education
- Providing or receiving care or support
- Obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies.
A person who enters SA from NSW must not travel further than 50km into SA from the location that they enter. A person who enters SA from VIC must not travel further than 40km into SA from the location that they enter. A South Australian Cross Border Community Member cannot travel further than 50km into NSW or 40km into VIC from the point they cross the border. Any South Australian Cross Border Community Member who travels more than the prescribed distance must complete 14 days quarantine upon returning to South Australia. Provided cross border community members adhere to the kilometre restrictions, they are not required to wear a mask or self quarantine.
Checkpoints or road blocks are in place at all border crossings between South Australia and Victoria. A list of roads currently open between SA and Victoria is available here.
Travelling from NSW and ACT:
NSW and ACT residents may still travel to South Australia, but are required to complete a cross border online pre-approval, are subject to 14 days self quarantine upon their arrival and must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24hrs and on day 12. Returning South Australian residents must also complete the registration and adhere to these restrictions.
Travelling from QLD, TAS, WA & NT:
Residents of Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are permitted to travel to South Australia, however they must complete the cross border online pre-approval prior to arrival. Returning South Australian residents must also complete the registration and adhere to these restrictions.
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing:
Cross Border Community Members, Commercial Transport and Freight services (general and Victorian Residence) and Remote and Isolated Workers must be able to produce, when requested, evidence that they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within the preceding 7 days.
Any other persons who wishes to enter South Australia from a place outside South Australia, (other than NT, QLD, TAS, WA) must submit to a COVID-19 test on the first and twelfth day of entry into South Australia.
- This does not apply to an essential traveller under Schedule 2 – Passing Through.
- This does not apply to children under the age of 16, however it is strongly recommended.
- If a person leaves SA less than 12 days after their arrival they are not required to submit to the day 12 COVID-19 test.
Essential Traveller Schedule 1:
- National and State security and governance
- Emergency services workers
- Commercial transport and freight services (not VIC residents)
- Remote or isolated workers (Not VIC residents or working in VIC)
- Cross Border Community Members
More information on Essential Travellers – Schedule 1 is available here. are not required to self-quarantine, wear PPE or record close contacts (other than Commercial Transport and Freight services and Remote or Isolated Workers). Commercial Transport and Freight services must record and retain records of close contacts for a period of 14 days or the duration of their stay in South Australia. FIFO workers operating under a Remote or Isolated workers exemption are not required to self-quarantine on return to South Australia.
Essential Traveller Schedule 2:
A person who returns to SA after travelling to Victoria, NSW, or ACT under a Schedule 2 exemption for work purposes is not permitted to undertake work during the period of self-quarantine on their return to South Australia, other than those providing transport or freight services.
Essential Traveller Schedule 2 includes:
- National and State security and governance (VIC residents)
- Health Services
- Specialist workers in essential sectors
- Commercial transport and freight services (VIC residents)
- Urgent medical, dental or health treatment
- Passing through
- Compassionate grounds
- Foreign diplomatic or consular staff
More information on Essential Travellers – Schedule 2 is available here. All Essential Travellers Schedule 2 (not including National and state security) must wear a surgical face mask, covering the mouth and nose, in South Australia whenever they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.
The previous Essential Skills – industries and business exemption has been replaced with specialist workers in essential sectors, under Essential Travellers – Schedule 2. Agriculture and primary industries are defined as an essential sector within this Direction.
Self quarantine requirements are detailed here.
We continue to encourage you to keep checking the SA COVID-19 website for updates on travel restrictions and requirements.
Not all border-crossing arrangements are mutual. The Healthdirect Australia Restriction Checker has advice on what restrictions are in place in each state and territory across Australia.
Public Activities Direction Update
The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect at 12:01am Wednesday 5 August 2020. The following restrictions apply:
- Food and beverages (including alcohol) must be consumed by patrons while seated at tables that are physically separate form any bar or are where orders are taken.
- In relation to cellar doors, this means that no tastings can occur whilst standing.
- Food and beverages at recreational facility (e.g. mini-golf, pool hall, tenpin bowling, high ropes course, etc.) must be consumed at an area separate from a bar/where orders are taken and within the group that are attending the facility.
- Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by spectators at sporting events if the spectator remains seated.
- A gathering of more than 10 people at a residential premise is now a prohibited gathering. A person must not allow, organise or attend a prohibited gathering at a residential premise.
- The maximum number of attendees permitted at a wedding or funeral service (including a wake) is 100 people, or if at a private residence 10 people.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator – COVID Updates
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website provides up to date information on COVID testing and entry requirements for freight and transport drivers across Australia. View the website here.
COVID-19 Health Alert – Adelaide locations
SA Health has issued a COVID-19 Health Alert for locations in Salisbury Downs, Blair Athol and Kilburn in relation to a confirmed case of COVID-19. For people who attended the below locations at the relevant times there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- Sat 1 Aug (8.30pm – 9.30pm) – Fernwood Fitness, Salisbury Downs
- Fri 31 Jul (5.00pm – 7.30pm) – Agha juice house, Blair Athol
- Wed 29 Jul (5.00pm – 8.00pm) – Najafi Carpet Gallery, 5/392 Prospect Rd, Kilburn
ACTION REQUIRED: People who attended these locations at the relevant time should:
- Immediately self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were at the location
- Seek testing for COVID-19, even if you don’t have any symptoms
- Call 1800 253 787 for more information.
JobKeeper Payments – Extension and Changes Announced (Tuesday 21 July 2020)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced changes to the Jobkeeper program. The JobKeeper program will be extended until 2021 (the addition of the September and March quarters) however the amount will be reduced. The changes include the introduction of a two tier payment system with different payments for people working full time and part-time (less than 20 hours per week).
The Jobkeeper subsidy is currently worth $1,500 a fortnight however this will decrease to $1,200 and $750 for part-time workers, and further reductions will come into affect for the last quarter of the program ($1,000 and $650). More information to follow.
The aim of the JobKeeper is to enable businesses to keep workers on their payrolls throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and is applicable to full and part time workers and casuals who have been with their employers for 12 months or more. Businesses and not-for-profits were eligible if they experienced a downturn in revenue of 30 per cent or more. You can find out more information on the ATO website.
Changes have also been announced to the JobSeeker program.
SA Government’s Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions
While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments have developed their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. The South Australian government released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, starting Monday 11 May, you can read it in full here.
Step 3 – From 29 June 2020
Step 3 is a simplified principle-based approach, except for some high-risk activities.
While physical distancing of 1.5 m is still encouraged, social distancing requirements within venues will be reduced to one person per two square metres.
All businesses that were directed to close during COVID-19 restrictions must complete a COVIDSafe Plan. If you were allowed to reopen during Step 1, 2 or 3, you must complete your Plan and ensure that it is available at your business premises. If your business has several premises, each venue will need a separate Plan.
This Plan will outline how your staff and patrons can be kept safe from COVID-19.
While other businesses are not required to complete a COVIDSafe Plan, they are encouraged to do so to help keep South Australia safe.
Further information can be found here.
3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia
The Australian Government released a 3-step framework to create a COVIDSafe society. You can view the infographic here.
The Australian Governments dedicated COVID-19 website links you to all the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies.
The Federal Government’s website business.gov.au is a key source of information on the financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the COVID-19 related financial support available for Australian businesses. The website also includes a range of tools, guides and information on matters like business planning, links to ATO and other useful resources for your business. They have also released a Continuing your business guide, designed to help business-owners understand what to do to keep their business operating.
Federal Government HomeBuilder Stimulus
HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder will assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations.
Information on when and how you will be able to apply will become available through the relevant State or Territory revenue office in due course.
Information about what Homebuilder will mean for the construction industry is available on business.gov.au or by contacting 13 28 46. Please keep in touch with business.gov.au for updated State and Territory information as it becomes available.
You can find out more, read a FAQ’s factsheet or register for more information here.
South Australian COVID-Clean Toolkit Training Program
The Government of South Australia has created a training program that will help businesses adopt healthy hygiene practices as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Up to 5,500 members of the retail, hospitality, tourism, cleaning, security, transport and logistics industries will receive this accredited training—dubbed the COVID-Clean Toolkit. Participants will learn a range of skills, including hand hygiene practices, effective surface cleaning, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disposal of contaminated waste.
The aim of this COVID-Clean Toolkit is to ensure South Australians can confidently return to supporting our local shops and eateries when health advice permits.
You can find out more here.
Restrictions and Responsibilities – FAQs
Each State in Australia currently has different rules regarding non-essential businesses and other activities which can make it confusing to know what we are allowed to do. The SA Government have put together a useful set of questions and answers that you can access here.
Mental Health Support
The Australian Government’s ‘Head to Health’ website is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic. For information, resources and links to support services please visit this link.
South Australian $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses – Now Closed
South Australian Jobs Rescue Package – ‘Business and Jobs Support Fund’
The South Australian Government has announced details of its second economic stimulus package – the Jobs Rescue Package. Within the Jobs Rescue Package, there are a range of measures that will provide support for workers, individual businesses and industry sectors, community organisations, sporting clubs, arts, cultural, community and recreational bodies as well as non-government organisations experiencing financial hardship and other impacts caused by restrictions enforced to limit the spread of the disease. A part of this package is the $300 million ‘Business and Jobs Support Fund’.
RDALC are still waiting for the Government to provide details on the eligibility criteria for applications for the Business and Jobs Support Fund however applications are now open. Please click here for further information on what you could consider including in your submission for access to this fund, or contact email@example.com.
National Jobs Hub
The Australian Government has launched a new Jobs Hub, supporting businesses and those Australians looking for work. The Jobs Hub helps Australians looking for work find advertised vacancies.
An up-to-date list of a selection of businesses and organisations that are currently hiring, and how to contact them, can be found here.
While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers.
Employers who are hiring and want support to connect with potential candidates can also contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected directly with businesses reducing their workforces; and the employment services network to source suitable candidates.
The Australian Government has released the COVIDSafe app, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus by speeding up the process of identifying people who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus, quickly stopping further spread of the virus in the community.
The COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. The more Australians who connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker health authorities can find the virus.
Download the app:
Apple app store for iPhones
Google play for Android phones
For more information including frequently asked questions, click here.
Coronavirus App and WhatsApp Group
Stay informed with the latest advice and information by downloading the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Australia app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join the WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.
WhatsApp users – You need to connect online, not via your app – search aus.gov.au/whatsapp on your phone browser and follow the prompts to choose the information you want to receive.
Don’t have WhatsApp? Search aus.gov.au/whatsapp on your smart phone, tablet or computer and follow the prompts.
Rent Relief for Commercial Tenants
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced new rental waivers and deferrals for commercial tenants hit by the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Under the scheme, landlords will have to reduce leases in proportion to the reduction in the tenant’s business.
Deferrals — rental payments that will need to be made, but can be put off — must be spread over the remaining time on a lease and for no less than 24 months. The code will apply to any tenancies where the landlord or tenant applies for JobKeeper and where they have a turnover of $50 million or less.
Further information on the COVID-19 mandatory commercial tenancy code can be found here.
For essential information for South Australian Lessees and Lessors dealing with COVID-19, please visit the Small Business Commissioner at this link.
Measures to Help Renters
The Prime Minister has announced new measures to help renters. Under these measures, evictions will be put on hold over the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenants in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus. You can find out more here.
Information on Commercial Leasing
New legislation and regulations were brought into effect on 15 May concerning commercial leases in the Covid-19 pandemic environment.
The Act and Regulations make various temporary modifications in relation to commercial leases in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including stopping evictions.
South Australian Support for Tourism Operators
The State Government has announced a $5.7 million financial support package to help local tourism operators get through – and continue well past – the current COVID-19 crisis.
The two major funding packages, the Small Tourism Business Grant Fund and the Regional Events Grant Fund are now closed. If you have any questions relating to the Grant Funds, please email.
In addition, the SA Tourism Commission (SATC) has developed other programs which will assist the industry more widely including the Digital Training Program, Regional Funding Support Program and the Resilience and Rebound Project.
For more details, eligibility, dates, terms and conditions, and to apply, visit the SATC Tourism Response Portal.
Fee and rent relief for nature-based tourism businesses including fishing – The South Australian Government will provide fee and rent relief for nature-based tourism businesses (including boating experiences and fishing) who have been significantly impacted in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. View media release here.
The Australian Government has announced a $110 million initiative securing freight access for Australia agricultural and fisheries exporters. For more details, please refer to the following joint media release here.
Further details are available on Austrade’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism webpage.
COVID-19 and Australian Workplace Laws
The Fair Work Australia website contains information and links to relevant Government sites, on the topic of employer obligations during COVID-19. It addresses many questions employers may be asking, including pay and leave during the coronavirus, health and safety and ending employment.
Income Support for Individuals
The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians to support them through the Coronavirus. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation. Further information is available here.
Support Available for Employers
The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re an employer, refer to this website to learn what your business can get, where to go for help and what your obligations are. The website also provides useful links to the Department of Health and the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Payments
Small and medium businesses with an aggregated annual turnover under $50 million that employ workers will be eligible for payments. Eligibility will generally be based on prior year turnover. The information here includes useful examples and scenarios to help explain these payments.
Support Available for Sole Traders
The Australian Government has announced a number of measures to support sole traders impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re a sole trader, learn what your business can get and where to go for help here.
Supporting Trainees and Apprentices
If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from January 2020 to March 2021. For more information, refer to the business.gov.au website.
Small Business Loan Repayments Deferred
The Australian Banking Association has announced that Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for 6 months.
Find more information on the Australian Banking Association website.
Support Available from ATO
Support is available on the ATO website for anyone experiencing difficulties with tax obligations due to COVID-19. For help tailored to your circumstances call the Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 or email COVID-19Taxissues@ato.gov.au.
If you prefer to use a language other than English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for help with your call. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can phone the Indigenous Helpline on 13 10 30.
The ATO has also released some common tax questions about COVID-19 regarding individuals, businesses, cancelled supplies and events as well as international business issues. These can be viewed on the website.
COVID-19 Health Information Line
If you require information whether you, your family or your employees could be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) please call the Corona Virus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The information line is available Monday to Friday 8.00AM to 8.00PM, Saturdays from 8.00AM to 5.00PM and Sundays from 9.00AM until 5.00PM.
School Information and Advice
Information and frequently asked questions for all South Australian Schools can be found at the following website. Schools and preschools in South Australia will stay open, including out of schools hours care (OSHC). The Department for Education is following the Australian Government’s advice and we will update this advice if it changes. Individual schools will only be temporarily closed if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.