Industry updates for primary producers on COVID-19

You can read our regular updates about the effects of COVID-19 on primary industries, as information becomes available.

Advice provided is based on the best available information at that point in time.

This information may change, so for the most recent information on the State Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic visit the webpage.

Issue 80 – 4 August 2020

COVID-19 Health Alert

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.

  • Saturday 1 Aug, 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm
    Fernwood Fitness, Salisbury Downs
  • Friday 31 Jul, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm)
    Agha juice house, Blair Athol
  • Wednesday 29 Jul, 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm
    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.

Advice

People who attended the below locations DO NOT need to self-isolate unless contacted by SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch.

However, you should monitor yourself for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and get tested if you develop any symptoms at all, even if mild.

  • Tuesday 28 July (evening)
    School of Languages located at Roma Mitchell, Secondary College, Gepps Cross
  • Thursday 30 and Friday 31 July
    Thebarton Senior College, Torrensville
  • Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 July
    Walkers Arms Hotel, Walkerville

More information

Public Activities Direction Update

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 comes into effect at 12:01 am tomorrow, Wednesday 5 August 2020. Read the new direction. Read the updated frequently asked questions.

  • 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.

Essential Traveller Requirements

SAPOL has also released an updated guide to the Essential Traveller Requirements for entry into South Australia. Read the updated guide. Please note these guides are being updated regularly and will be published on the SA COVID-19 website under the downloads section (look for the “Essential traveller table”).

COVID-19 Regional Press Conference and Announcements

The Premier Steven Marshall, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, and Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier visited the South East this morning to announce a ramping up of COVID facilities in the State. A new SAPOL Satellite Control Centre will be established in the South East to assist in cross border travel and logistics. The Premier also announced that new Heavy Vehicle Drive Through Testing facilities will be established at Tailem Bend and Port Augusta to assist in testing requirements across the State.

Primary Industry Ministers’ COVID-19 Meeting Communique – 29 July 2020

The communique from the Primary Industry Ministers’ COVID-19 Meeting held on Wednesday 29 July 2020 is now available. The meeting discussed the ongoing challenge of securing seasonal workers, the vital role of meat producers and processors and included updates from the Senior Agriculture Industry Engagement Officer Mark Tucker and National Farmers’ Federation Fiona Simson. Read the communique.

$2.5 million to spur entrepreneurship in South Australia post-COVID

New programs will give startups and entrepreneurs the confidence and financial support to grow their ideas into businesses, as the state tackles the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2.5 million in funding will support programs under the Future Industries eXchange for Entrepreneurship (FIXE), which has an overarching vision to grow South Australia’s culture of entrepreneurship.

Read more information.

Read the media release.

Other news

Country of origin food labelling evaluation begins

The Federal Government has begun an evaluation of Australia’s country of origin food labelling system to make sure it’s working for both Aussie consumers and businesses. The evaluation of country origin labelling for food will consider if the labels are helping consumers make more informed choices, as well as clarifying the origin claims that businesses can make, while avoiding excessive costs for businesses which will be passed onto shoppers. The consultation will include surveys, consumer focus groups and interviews with industry and government.

A discussion paper and an opportunity to provide views is available until 11 September 2020. The evaluation is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

More information on country of origin labelling is available. Read the media release.

$13 million boost to fight pest animals and weeds

The Australian Government has today announced a $13 million competitive grant round that will promote the development of breakthrough pest animal and weed control tools. The Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grants to will fund new and improved tools and technologies safeguard our farms and industries.

Grants are available for projects that support new and improved technologies and assist with the adoption of ‘farm ready’ tools. Grant applications are now open and close at 11.00 pm, 25 September 2020.

Read more information. Apply for the grant opportunity through the Grant Connect website or the Community Grants Hub.

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Issue 79 – 31 July 2020

Essential Traveller Requirements

SAPOL has released an updated guide to the Essential Traveller Requirements for entry into South Australia. Read the guide.

We understand the issues many of you have experienced regarding access to testing. We have relayed these concerns to SAPOL, SA Health and SA Pathology and have been assured that these issues are being addressed.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator – Outline of COVID requirements across Australia

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website provides up to date information on COVID testing and entry requirements for freight and transport drivers across Australia.

COVID-19 land tax relief extension for landlords and tenants

A land tax relief scheme which supports landlords to provide significant rent reductions for their residential and commercial SME tenants impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, will be extended by two months, to the end of September 2020. Under the State Government scheme, eligible landlords can receive up to a 25% reduction on their 2019–20 land tax liability on affected properties – provided they pass on the full benefit in land tax relief to their affected tenants.

For those taxpayers with an outstanding 2019–20 land tax liability and eligible for relief under this scheme, any remaining land tax payable can be deferred for up to six months until around December. Taxpayers who have already paid their 2019–20 land tax liability and are eligible for relief under this scheme will be issued with a 25% land tax refund on eligible properties.

Land tax relief would be applicable to eligible landlords who can demonstrate that they have provided the minimum required level of rent relief to tenants since March 30, 2020 and/or will provide such relief to tenants up to and including October 30, 2020.

Applications for the land tax relief scheme are able to be submitted to 30 September, 2020 (inclusive) via the Revenue SA website. Read the media release.

Other news

Regional communications grants to improve connectivity now open

Applications are now open for the $53 million Regional Connectivity Program (RCP). The RCP will provide targeted investment in local telecommunications infrastructure projects which improve digital connectivity and deliver economic and social opportunities for regional and remote communities. Examples of projects that could be funded under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • upgrades to mobile infrastructure to improve access to businesses, telehealth, remote education and retail internet and phone services
  • the development of enterprise-grade broadband networks for local agricultural, manufacturing and tourism businesses to boost their online commerce.

There is also an online Program Noticeboard providing a portal for collaboration where applicants can find and register potential projects, linking regional communities and industry providers. See the program noticeboard. Projects do not have to be on the noticeboard to be eligible for the RCP.

Applications are now open until 20 October 2020 (5.00 pm AEDT). The guidelines and application process is available on the GrantConnect website. Read the media release.

What have farmers learnt through the COVID-19 experience?

As we close out another week, we thought we might share a short video to enjoy over the weekend. South Australian farmer John Gladigau of Bulla Burra, has reached out to farmers from across the world to share how they have been affected, and what they have learnt through the period of COVID-19. Watch John’s video.

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Issue 78 – 29 July 2020

Cross border travel

Cross border community members, commercial transport and freight services and remote and isolated workers from VIC, NSW and ACT must be able to produce, when requested, evidence that they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within the preceding 7 days.

SAPOL has provided advice that they will be applying some discretion regarding this testing regime in the initial days of implementation (following the new Cross Border Travel Direction (No. 10) coming into effect at 12.01 am on Wednesday 29 July 2020). However, these essential workers should endeavour to be tested as soon as possible. They must show evidence, when requested, that they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within the preceding 7 days.

We have prepared the following FAQs in response to common questions we have received today:

Are cross border community members, commercial transport and freight services and remote and isolated workers exempt from the requirement to quarantine while awaiting their test results if their test was undertaken in South Australia?

Essential Travellers in categories defined as Commercial Transport and Freight, Remote and Isolated Workers (NSW and ACT only) or cross border community members do not need to self-quarantine while awaiting COVID-19 test results unless they have symptoms.

What documentation will essential travellers need to carry as proof of their test?

Travellers must carry proof of the test. This can be either the paperwork that says they have had the test (given to them at point of test) or the text message containing the test result.  SAPOL has advised that travellers must be proactive about making sure they have their paperwork and carry it as if it was a licence.

Where can I get tested?

There are a number of testing sites throughout South Australia. A full list of available locations can be found on the SA Health website. We understand that Public information will be issuing a more detailed list of testing sites soon. We will forward to you when available.

What compliance auditing will be conducted on freight trucks at the border?

There is no change to the system currently in place at the border checkpoints. Trucks will continue to be stopped at random when safe to do so.

Will trucks (carrying livestock) be required to queue with general traffic for compliance checks?

There is no change to the system currently in place at the border checkpoints. Trucks will continue to be stopped at random when safe to do so.

All other Essential Travellers are required to self-quarantine and partake in the mandatory COVID-19 testing on day 1 and 12 of entry into SA.

All non-essential travellers from NSW and ACT are required to self quarantine and partake in the mandatory COVID-19 testing on day 1 and 12 upon entry into SA.

Arrivals into SA can use the referral form received at the border to attend a drive-through testing clinic.

Read the Cross Border Travel No 10 Direction.

Read other frequently asked questions relating to the Cross Border Travel Direction.

Updated Public Activities Direction

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction came into effect as of 12.01 am today, Wednesday 29 July 2020.

Changes of note to defined public activities include several new maximum capacity requirements and updates for the requirement of a COVID Management Plan.

Maximum capacity requirements:

  • Gatherings of more than 50 people at a residential premises are now defined as a prohibited gathering. A person must not allow, organise or attend a prohibited gathering at a residential premise.
  • Weddings including ceremonies and receptions are only permitted where the number of people attending does not exceed 100 and contact tracing is conducted, regardless of the venue (max 50 at residential premises).
  • Funerals including a wake are only permitted where the number of people attending does not exceed 100 and contact tracing is conducted, regardless of the venue (max 50 at residential premises).

Note: The information above only highlights the changes made and does not reflect all requirements under the Public Activity No 5 Direction. Business owners and members of the public are encouraged to refer to the full direction for further information.

Read the updated direction and frequently asked questions regarding public gatherings.

COVID Management Plan for public activities

A reminder that a COVID Management Plan must be submitted for a defined public activity, meeting or prescribed gathering and approved before the activity is conducted.

  • The COVID Management Plan can be completed by the owner/manager of venue or person conducting/organising the public activity, meeting or prescribed gathering.
  • All approved COVID Management plans must be kept available for inspection by authorise officers and any members of the public involved in the public activity, meeting or prescribed gathering.

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Issue 76 – 24 July 2020

Cross Border Travel Direction No.10

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. This new Direction will come into effect at 12.01 am on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

Read the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 10) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Read more information.

Travel from low community transmission zone

There are no restrictions on travel into South Australia if the traveller has spent a minimum of 14 days in NT, QLD, TAS and WA.

Cross border travel from Victoria

From 12.01 am, Wednesday 29 July 2020, South Australian residents will no longer be able to return to South Australia from Victoria. Only essential travellers will be able to enter South Australia from Victoria. Any South Australians, who do not have an essential traveller status on or after 12.01 am Wednesday 29 July 2020 and want to re-enter the State after being in Victoria will be turned away at the border, including those arriving at Adelaide Airport.

Essential travellers under Schedule 1 or 2 including persons living in cross border communities will be able to continue moving between the States, however with some new restrictions.

Online pre-approval

All travellers must continue to use the online pre-approval process prior to travelling to South Australia. 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.

If travellers do not receive a response before making a journey they should take a copy of their online application and any supporting documentation to the border when travelling and an officer will assess the application at the border.

If you are travelling from VIC it is recommended that you have your exemption in place before travelling as you may be refused entry at the border.

Cross border community members

To qualify for a Cross Border Community Member travel exemption you must be a:

  • resident of South Australia residing at or near a border
  • NSW resident within 50 km of the SA border
  • VIC resident within 40 km 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 50 km into SA from the location that they enter.

A person who enters SA from VIC must not travel further than 40 km into SA from the location that they enter.

A South Australian Cross Border Community Member cannot travel further than 50 km into NSW or 40 km 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.

Mandatory COVID-19 testing

Any 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.

Cross Border Community Members, Commercial Transport and Freight services 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.

Essential Traveller Schedule 1

Essential Traveller Schedule 1 includes:

  • 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

Essential Travellers – Schedule 1 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.

When requested, Commercial Transport and Freight services, Cross Border Community members, and Remote or Isolated workers must have evidence that they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within the preceding 7 days.

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.

The previous Essential Skills – industries and business exemption has been replaced with specialist workers in essential sectors. Agriculture and primary industries are defined as an essential sector within this Direction. This exemption is available to individual specialist workers required for the purposes of maintaining operations in an essential sector when the service is:

  • time critical
  • the appropriate skills are not available in South Australia or the low community transmission zones
  • the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in South Australia
  • accompanied by a risk mitigation plan approved by the Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA).

It is important that you are clearly able to demonstrate this in your application for an exemption.

Seasonal workers (such as forestry workers, fruit pickers or shearers) are also included in this category if they are:

  • entering South Australia for seasonal work purposes if the person complies with the 14 day self-quarantine requirements under Schedule 3 on their entry
  • arriving in South Australia for seasonal work purposes as part of a group employed by an essential sector employer
  • returning to South Australia having travelled outside South Australia for seasonal work purposes as part of a group employed by an essential sector employer
  • the essential sector employer applies on behalf of the group to SAPOL for a travel exemption
  • the employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work in accordance with a risk mitigation plan approved by the Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA).

Risk mitigation plan

All travellers under the Essential Travellers Schedule 2 – ‘Specialist workers in essential sectors’ are now required to implement risk mitigation strategies during periods of work in accordance with a risk mitigation plan relating to COVID-19. This plan must be approved by the Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA).

We will distribute further information on this requirement as we receive guidance from SAPOL and SA Health. In the meantime, SafeWork Australia has a number of useful resources including template risk registers and workplace checklists.

Wearing PPE

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.

Travel from NSW and ACT

South Australia's border restrictions remain in place for NSW and the ACT. NSW and ACT residents may still travel to South Australia, but are subject to:

  • 14 days self-quarantine
  • mandatory COVID tests on day 1 and day 12
  • required to complete a cross border pre-approval form.

Table of requirements and restrictions for all travellers to SA

We have formulated the essential traveller cross border table (PDF 425.5 KB) to help understand current restrictions and requirements for each category of traveller.

Message from Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier

Professor Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer, SA Health has published a video which answers a number of questions South Australians may have regarding COVID-19.

Other news

Premier announces new Ministry

Premier Steven Marshall has today announced the makeup of his new Ministry. Changes to the Ministry include:

  • Member for Finniss, David Basham will be elevated to Cabinet to become the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.
  • The Attorney-General will assume the additional responsibility of Planning and Local Government.
  • Minister Corey Wingard will be appointed Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, while retaining Recreation, Sport and Racing.
  • Current Speaker of the House, Vincent Tarzia will join the Cabinet to become the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services.
  • Member for Morphett, Stephen Patterson will also be elevated to Cabinet to become the Minister for Trade and Investment.

See the Full Ministry list.

Read the media release.

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Issue 76 – 24 July 2020

Cross border travel from Victoria

As of midnight on Tuesday 28 July 2020, South Australians in Victoria will no longer be able to return to their residence and quarantine, unless they are deemed an essential traveller.

State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens is encouraging any South Australian currently visiting Victoria to make their way home in the coming days. If residents return to South Australia from Victoria prior to Wednesday they are required to complete 14 days quarantine and have two COVID tests.

Any South Australians, who do not have an essential traveller status on or after Wednesday 29 July 2020 and want to re-enter the State after being in Victoria will be turned away at the border, including those arriving at Adelaide Airport.

Read the SAPOL release.

Essential travellers living in cross border communities will be able to continue moving between the States.

COVID-Safe Plans

In a press conference today, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said as of midnight tonight, Friday 24 July 2020, businesses which are required to have COVID-Safe plans found not to be complying with the plan, or do not have a plan, will be directed to close by police. Any business shut down will have to demonstrate they have a COVID Safe Plan and are capable of following it. COVID-Safe plans detail how many people are allowed in different parts of a business, as well as hygiene measures in place.

Complete a COVID-Safe Plan.

Read the SAPOL release.

Restrictions on large gatherings

As of midnight on Tuesday 28 July 2020, there will also be changes to the Public Gathering direction, with guests at weddings and funerals to be capped at 100 people. Gatherings at private homes will be capped at 50 people. Further details on this will be provided once the direction is released. Read the SAPOL release.

What are the restrictions for truck drivers coming from interstate?

South Australian residents who are truck drivers crossing back and forth over the border (whether it be to Victoria or not) don’t have to self-quarantine when they return. They are to minimise time spent in other states and cannot attend a disability care, correctional, health care or aged care facility without prior approval.

Residents of Victoria who are truck drivers and provide transport or freight services into, within and out of South Australia (including any crew on such transport or freight services) on a commercial basis are required to wear a mask at all times when in public and must self-quarantine when they are not conducting their duties.

Truck drivers coming from NSW and ACT are not required to self-quarantine when entering South Australia however they must minimise time spent in South Australia and cannot attend a disability care, correctional, health care or aged care facility without prior approval. The wearing of masks is not mandated but encouraged.

All truck drivers are required to keep records of close contacts.

A reminder: Essential Traveller Application Evidence Guide

Anyone travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport needs to complete the online cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival. This includes Essential Travellers. SAPOL has published a guide outlining examples of evidence Essential Travellers should submit as part of their online application.

Each person applying for an Essential Traveller status will also need to provide details in the short description of why they are travelling. Applicants need to include the business they work for, reasons for visiting, a summary of why they need to enter the state as an essential traveller and if necessary how often they will be travelling to the state. Applicants are advised to provide as much detail as possible as to how they meet the definition of an Essential Traveller, to assist SAPOL in making their determination.

If someone has applied online but not yet received a response before travelling they need to take the evidence outlined in the guide in addition to a ID/Driver’s licence with them to the border checkpoint. Police will access their online application at the border using their name and ID/Driver’s licence.

If someone arrives at the border and has not submitted an application online, they will be asked to do so before SAPOL assess their evidence and application at the checkpoint.

Cross Border applications and information.

We will continue to provide updates and information, including the new direction when it is published. In the meantime we encourage you to keep checking the SA COVID-19 website for updates.

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Issue 75 – 23 July 2020

Cross Border Travel Registration System maintenance – Thursday 23 July 2020

The Cross Border Travel Registration system will be undergoing maintenance from 10.00 pm to approximately 11.00 pm ACST, Thursday 23 July 2020. Applicants will not be able to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration online form during this outage.

COVID near-border testing expansion

The safety of South Australia’s border has been strengthened by the recent expansion of wastewater testing to COVID-19 in Mount Gambier. High levels of testing of individuals has played an important role in keeping South Australians protected from the spread of the disease to this point. Launching wastewater testing near the Victorian border at Mount Gambier to actively monitor the underlying level of COVID-19 in the community is another part of the State Government’s plan to protect South Australians from the spread of the disease.

Read the media release.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements and guides

Under the Cross Border Travel Directive 9, some travellers must wear a surgical face mask (covering mouth and nose) in South Australia at any time during the 14 day period commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia that they come into contact with the public. SAPOL has provided a table that details which travellers are required to wear PPE.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to anything used or worn to minimise risk to worker health and safety. It can be used to supplement the other control measures put in place at a workplace to protect against COVID-19 including good hygiene measures, physical distancing, environmental cleaning and providing workers with information and training. Workplaces must implement more control measures to protect against COVID-19 than only PPE.

For members of the public who are attending a testing station, to comply with the mandatory testing requirement during self-quarantine, it is highly recommended that they wear a mask when in public if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Common PPE that can be used to protect against COVID-19 include:

  • masks
  • gloves
  • eye protection
  • screens.

The type of PPE an organisation provides will depend on the workplace and the outcomes of consultation and their risk assessment.

Links and guides to how to use PPE

Videos
Printable PDF guides

Other resources and guides, including the use of P2 (N95) respirators, can be found on the Australian Department of Health website or SA Health website.

A list of face masks and hand sanitiser suppliers can be found on the PIRSA website.

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Livestock Tech Talks – podcast and video series

The livestock 'Tech Talk' series explores South Australia’s Red Meat and Wool sector. The series captures conversations with livestock producers, technology providers and more about how they can work with producers to strengthen their business to grow more prosperous regions. These talks are part of the Red Meat and Wool Growth Program, an initiative of Primary Industries and Regions SA and supported by Meat & Livestock Australia, SA Sheep and Cattle Industry Funds, and SheepConnect SA. The series showcases success stories from the ground, and how they’ve benefited from changing their farm’s business model with the adoption of technology, infrastructure or best practice. In this podcast and video series producers can learn about:

  • enhancing farming capability through the Red Meat and Wool Growth Program
  • saving time and money with remote water monitoring
  • digital technologies for different rural environments
  • cattle and sheep yard design
  • benefits of adopting electronic identification for sheep and cattle.

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Loxton AgTech demo farm opens doors to future

The State Government is calling on all suppliers of AgTech to put forward their products and apply to be showcased at the Loxton AgTech demonstration farm. The Government's second AgTech demonstration farm at Loxton was launched last month with four initial technologies from D3Ag, MEA, Tevatronic and CropX on hand to help show producers in the region the productivity benefits from taking up innovative technology. The Loxton AgTech demonstration site is part of the Loxton Research Centre and farm. Farmers and growers will be able to attend the Loxton AgTech demonstration site to experience AgTech solutions on a working farm. Expression of Interests for technology are now open and will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Read the media release.

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Issue 74 – 21 July 2020

Harsher penalties for Covid-19 rule breakers

The State Government will today amend the Emergency Management Act to insert a maximum penalty of up to two years imprisonment for those who defy our strong border restrictions. Read the media release.

JobKeeper extension a major boost for thousands of SA businesses, jobs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced the JobKeeper payment will run until 28 March 2021 under a two-tiered payment system - with the $1,500 per fortnight flat payment reduced to $1,200 per fortnight from September 28, and to $1,000 per fortnight from January 4, 2021. Lower payment rates will apply for people who work part-time, or fewer than 20 hours per week (from September 28).

The Federal Government also announced the extensions of the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement until the end of the year, at a reduced rate from $550 per fortnight to $250 per fortnight from September 25. Read the media release.

Critical Skills for Recovery – Share your views

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is seeking industry views to identify what existing, or new short courses could be promoted or developed to support displaced workers and to meet the skill needs of businesses impacted by the changing economic environment. In particular, the sub-committee is seeking views on what training products could be rapidly implemented to support displaced workers (and those at risk displacement) to quickly secure new employment opportunities in areas of current or anticipated jobs growth, and businesses to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Stakeholders are encouraged share their views with the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in the first instance. See a list of IRCs, and contact details for their supporting Skills Service Organisations.The sub-committee has also created an online form for stakeholders to submit feedback directly.

Other news

AgTech survey results demonstrate need for greater on-farm uptake

More than 50 per cent of primary producers are not currently investing in technology on-farm, according to a survey undertaken by the State Government's AgTech Advisory Group. The first South Australian AgTech survey with more than 600 responses from primary producers, agricultural advisors, researchers, and AgTech suppliers has been released. The results of the survey will be used to formulate South Australia's AgTech Strategic Plan, which is intended for release this year. Read the media release.

South Australia’s roo harvest expansion supports job growth

There has been a spike in kangaroo field processor jobs in South Australia since the expansion of the state’s commercial kangaroo harvest zone six months ago. South Australia’s kangaroo commercial harvest zone expanded on 1 January this year and has seen an increase in kangaroo field processors by 24 per cent to support farmers and humanely manage the state’s over-abundant kangaroo population. The expansion of the harvest zone has helped mitigate the impact of drought starved kangaroo populations migrating further south in search of water and pastures. Read the media release.

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Mental Health Of The Post COVID-19 Worker

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Issue 73 – 20 July 2020

International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) Flight Extensions

Singapore Airlines service from Adelaide has been confirmed for a further 6 week rotation from 29 July 2020. This comes in addition to Cathay Pacific Airlines earlier extension until late August 2020. See the outbound IFAM Flight schedule.

The two freight flight options are:

Singapore Airlines
Flight No. SQ0278
Departs every Wednesday until Wednesday 2 September 2020.

Cathay Pacific
Flight No. CX2174
Departs every Sunday until Sunday 23 August 2020.

Even though the IFAM is being extended, it’s important to remember it is a temporary, emergency measure in response to an extraordinary situation. The extension will give Australian businesses more time to re-engineer their business models and adjust to a new and tougher trading environment created by COVID-19.

South Australian exporters can continue to gain access to commercial freight options through their freight forwarder. See the flight details.

Businesses can continue to access the IFAM by registering their interest or by contacting their freight forwarder. Visit the Austrade website for more information on the scheme and the latest flight schedules. See the IFAM fact sheet.

Thousands of seasonal jobs up for grabs

Up to 1800 new jobs are up for grabs through the State Government’s Seasonal Jobs SA website as we approach grain harvest season in South Australia. The Seasonal Jobs SA campaign connects jobseekers with agricultural work across the state and is a boost to regional economies dealing with the impacts of coronavirus. The website has been hugely popular since it was launched in May with more than 80,000 people visiting the site at an average of more than 1,300 a day. This year more than 20,000 workers are needed to fill crucial agricultural jobs. Anyone who has had their employment affected by coronavirus is encouraged to apply via the Seasonal Jobs website. Read the media release.

Pharmacy COVID-19 testing trial to commence

South Australia is continuing to roll out innovative, targeted initiatives to prepare for future outbreaks of COVID-19, with a two-week testing pilot commencing at several metropolitan pharmacies this week. The trial in up to five pharmacies will capitalise on the trust and goodwill pharmacists have within their communities to improve access to COVID-19 testing. The pilot will run for two weeks and outcomes evaluated before any future decisions are made. Read the media release.

Other news

$1 million to support recovery of regional SA businesses

The Australian Government has committed a further $1 million to provide small regional businesses in South Australia with access to free and confidential financial counselling through the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS). The new funding is in addition to the $11.785 million already provided to the RFCS nationally to support financial counselling services for regional small businesses affected by drought and COVID-19. Small business financial counselling and recovery support services will be made available to June 2021. The additional support means South Australia will now have eight small business financial counsellors. Professional Services Funding is also available to provide clients with access to free specialist third-party advice to aid the recovery process, such as financial planning, legal, specialist taxation and accounting advice. Small businesses can register their interest now by calling 1300 771 741. Read the media release.

First section of $25m Dog Fence rebuild complete

The once-in-a-generation $25 million rebuild of the South Australian Dog Fence has reached a major milestone, with the first section of the work completed. The project will ultimately see 1600-kilometres of fence upgraded to reduce the number of sheep being killed by wild dogs in the pastoral areas of South Australia and will have economic benefits of up to $113 million over 20 years. The rebuild will reduce wild dog management costs for pastoralists by up to $97 million and is estimated to increase income from sheep sales by up to $69.7 million over a 20-year period. Read the media release.

Information Session for SA Charter Operators

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) has partnered with the Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA) to support Charter Boat Operators to "Catch your tourism potential". This information session will be an introduction to the SA Charter Boat Fishing Tourism Development Program and tourism opportunities for Charter Operators in SA. Topics will include an overview of the program, what the sector represents, potential and opportunities for SA Charter Operators. A variety of options to engage in the session are offered. To find out more see the event details.

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Issue 72 – 19 July 2020

Update: Cross Border Travel No 9 - COVID-19 Directions 2020

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction came into effect at 0001hrs on Saturday 18 July 2020.

Read the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Read the updated frequently asked questions.

SAPOL have provided a table detailing Essential Traveller requirements for entry into South Australia.

NSW and ACT travellers

South Australia's border restrictions remain in place for NSW and the ACT, and will not be eased on July 20 as previously indicated. NSW and ACT residents may still travel to South Australia, but are subject to 14 days self quarantine upon their arrival and are required to complete a cross border pre-approval form.

Essential Travellers Schedule 1

NOTE changes to Cross Border Community Member travel

  • A cross border traveller resident of another state cannot travel further than 50 kilometres over the border into South Australia, and
  • A South Australian resident cannot travel further than 50 kilometres over the border into Victoria or New South Wales.

Essential Travellers Schedule 2 (Restricted)

NOTE addition to Essential Travellers Schedule 2 (Restricted)

Remote or isolated workers: Victorian residents who enter South Australia

  1. Persons who are ordinarily resident in Victoria and who enter South Australia for work purposes at locations that are remote or geographically isolated for regular periods according to established work schedules.
  2. Persons who are ordinarily resident in Victoria and who enter South Australia for work purposes at locations that are remote or geographically isolated where:
    1. their employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work, and
    2. the person is a specialist required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations, or maintenance or repair of critical infrastructure in the mining, oil, gas and energy sectors.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Any persons who wishes to enter South Australia from a place outside South Australia, (other than NT, QLD, TAS, WA), and is assessed by SA Police as a non-essential traveller, must submit to a COVID-19 test on the first and twelfth day of entry into South Australia. This does not apply to children under the age of 16, however it is strongly recommended.

Please note – a person who entered into South Australia from NSW, ACT and VIC after 12.01 am on 8 July 2020 and is required to quarantine, is to undertake a COVID-19 test on day 12 of their quarantine. Failure to comply with this direction is an offence.

Online Pre-Approval

All travellers must continue to use the online pre-approval process prior to travelling to South Australia. SAPOL has advised there are currently delays due to a large number of applications. If travellers do not receive a response before making a journey they should take a copy of their online application and any supporting documentation to the border when travelling and an officer will assess the application at the border.

It is important that when applying for Essential Traveller status that you clearly indicate:

  • which category of essential traveller you are applying for
  • how you meet the requirements of that category
  • the essential nature of your travel
  • any evidence/letters/documentation from your employer to verify the essential nature of your travel and the essential nature of your duties

There is a significant backlog of applications with the Central Assessment Unit, without providing the assessors with as much detail as possible as to the essential nature of your travel, your application may be denied.

SAPOL has provided a table which gives examples of the types of evidence that can be used when applying for Essential Traveller status.

Self Quarantine requirements

You can only leave self-quarantine to obtain urgent medical care or medical supplies, to get tested for COVID-19, or for any other emergency situation.

You must ensure no one else enters or stays at the place you are self-quarantining unless:

  • they usually live there and you need to provide care/support to them, or receive care/support from them
  • they are also self-quarantining
  • your place of self-quarantine is appropriately set up so you do not have contact with others who normally reside there.

Overseas arrivals quarantine feesFrom Saturday 18 July, quarantine fees will apply for Australian citizens and residents arriving in South Australia from overseas.

The following fees will apply:

  • one adult: $3,000
  • additional adults: $1,000 each
  • additional children: $500 each
  • child under 3: no additional cost.

If you purchased your ticket before 12.00 pm ACST on 13 July 2020, these fees will not apply.

Read more information.

Issue 71 – 14 July 2020

NSW and ACT Borders will not open on 20 July 2020

The Premier confirmed this morning that South Australia will not be opening the borders to NSW and ACT on 20 July 2020. The Transition Committee will continue to assess the situation.

Essential Traveller Application Evidence Guide

Anyone travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport needs to complete the online cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival. This includes Essential Travellers. SAPOL has published a guide outlining examples of evidence Essential Travellers should submit as part of their online application.

Each person applying for an Essential Traveller status will also need to provide details in the short description of why they are travelling. Applicants need to include the business they work for, reasons for visiting, a summary of why they need to enter the state as an essential traveller and if necessary how often they will be travelling to the state.

If someone has applied online but not yet received a response before travelling they need to take the evidence outlined in the guide in addition to a ID/Driver’s licence with them to the border checkpoint. Police will access their online application at the border using their name and ID/Driver’s licence.

If someone arrives at the border and has not submitted an application online, they will be asked to do so before SAPOL assess their evidence and application at the checkpoint.

Cross Border applications and information.

Shop trading to return to pre-COVID-19 hours

Suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets will be required to revert to their pre-COVID-19 hours of operation from this Sunday 19 July 2020, with the State Government announcing it will not be granting a further 30-day exemption to support physical distancing. Read the media release.

Other news

New seafood campaign causes splash: ‘Same Dish, New Fish’

Seafood lovers and recreational fishers are being encouraged to consider new artisan fish species when next thinking about what to put on the dinner table or when casting a line.

The Same Dish, New Fish campaign launched yesterday highlights the abundance of seafood choices available in South Australia and how different fish can be used in our favourite dishes. Visit www.samedishnewfish.sa.gov.au to access recipes, videos, articles, catch tips and educational resources.Read the media release.

FaBS support for farming and rural communities

South Australian farmers struggling through drought and recovery from the summer's devastating bushfires now have more support through an expansion of the State Government's Family and Business Support (FaBS) program. The FaBS program has been expanded as part of the State Government's $21 million Drought Support Package with six mentors now operating in the Upper North/Pastoral areas and mentors also available across bushfire-affected communities. Individual contact details for the FaBS case managers are available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fab_support, by calling the 24-hour hotline 1800 931 314 or emailing PIRSA.Recovery@sa.gov.au. Read the media release.

Farming101: Aussie kids to learn about farming

Thousands of Aussie kids are about to get a first-hand account of agriculture in action under a $4.75 million Australian Government program rolled out by state and territory farming bodies. Kids to Farms aims to increase understanding of where and how food and fibre is produced and importance of farming to Australia’s way of life. The program will run over three years from 2019–20 to 2021–22, concluding on 30 June 2022. Primary Producers SA (PPSA) were the successful South Australian grant recipient and will oversee the programs roll out within SA. Read the media release.

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Issue 70 – 9 July 2020

Update: Cross Border Travel No 8 – COVID-19 Directions 2020

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

This new Direction came into effect at 0001hrs on Thursday 9 July 2020.

Read the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Read the updated frequently asked questions.

Victorian residents

Victorian residents, other than Essential Travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia. Checkpoints and road blocks will be set up at all border crossings between SA and VIC.

Essential Travellers travelling from Victoria into South Australia are prohibited from entering South Australia except on the following roads:

  • Sturt Highway, Yamba
  • Wentworth Road, Renmark
  • Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo
  • Dukes Highway, Wolseley
  • High Street, Frances (which terminates at Minimay—Frances Road, Frances)
  • Wimmera Highway, Laurie Park
  • Edenhope Road, Wrattonbully
  • Casterton Road, Penola
  • Glenelg Highway, Myora
  • Princes Highway, Glenburnie
  • Glenelg River Road, Donovans/Nelson
  • Lindsay Point Road—Lacey Avenue, Murtho
  • Summerton Road—Mulcra Road (becomes Panitya North Road), Pinnaroo
  • Wolseley Road—Serviceton North Road, Wolseley
  • Binnum—Benayeo Road, Binnum
  • Shepherds Road—Kybybolite Road, Kybyolite
  • Langkoop Road—Casterton-Naracoorte Road, Koppamurra
  • Derghom Road—Dorodong Road, Penola
  • Mingbool Road, Pleasant Park
  • Caroline Road, Caroline
  • Dry Creek Road, Caroline.

Travellers may only use a road not listed above if it is an emergency or if the road cuts a person’s property and it is Required to use that road to enter their property.

SA residents in Victoria

South Australians who are currently in Victoria will be able to return home but will need to self-quarantine for 14 days and will also be Required to wear personal protective equipment (a face mask). You should wear a face mask at the border when interacting with the border checkpoint team and must take the most direct route to your nominated self-quarantine residence.

All other states – entering South Australia

  • Travellers from low community transmission zones - NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter South Australia directly without restriction after applying for pre-approval online.
  • Travellers from ACT and NSW, other than essential travellers, will be Required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA.

Online pre-approval

All travellers must continue to use the online pre-approval process prior to travelling to South Australia. SAPOL have advised there are currently delays due to a large number of applications. If travellers do not receive a response before making a journey they should take a copy of their online application and any supporting documentation to the border when travelling and an officer will assess the application at the border.

Essential Travellers (Schedule 1)

Essential Travellers under Schedule 1 are not Required to quarantine upon entering South Australia, and are not Required to wear PPE.

Schedule 1 Essential Travellers include:

  • National and State security and governance—general (other than someone ordinarily resident in Victoria).
  • Emergency services workers.
  • Commercial transport and freight services—general (other than someone ordinarily resident in Victoria).
  • Remote or isolated workers—general (work not conducted in Victoria).
  • Cross border community members.

Changes to Commercial Transport and Freight Services:

  • Those ordinarily resident in Victoria are now classed as Essential Travellers Schedule 2 – See below.
  • Are Required to keep close contact records for the duration they remain in SA, up to 14 days.
  • Must not enter a disability care, correctional or residential aged care facility or a health care facility.

Changes to Cross-Border Community Members:

  • Cannot travel further than 50 kilometres over the border into South Australia. See the maps.

Essential Travellers (Schedule 2)

Essential Travellers under Schedule 2 must:

  • self-quarantine in SA when they are not performing their essential duties, functions or activities
  • Self-quarantine when not travelling to or from the place at which they perform those duties, functions, or activities.
  • wear PPE when in contact with members of the public,
  • keep close-contact records for 14 days after arrival (except National and State security and governance—Victorian residents).

Schedule 2 Essential Travellers now include:

  • National and State security and governance—Victorian residents.
  • Health services.
  • Essential skills (industries and businesses).
  • Commercial transport and freight services—Victorian residents.
  • Remote or isolated workers—work in Victorian locations.
  • Urgent medical, dental or health treatment.
  • Passing through.
  • Compassionate grounds.
  • Consular employees.

Changes to Commercial Transport and Freight Services:

  • Those ordinarily resident in Victoria now classified as Schedule 2 Essential Traveller.

A person who arrives in South Australia is taken not to be an essential traveller under Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 if the person's departure from South Australia was for a purpose unrelated to their work or duties (such as a departure for personal or recreational purposes), regardless of whether on their return the person falls within the ambit of a provision of Schedule 1 or Schedule 2.

Requirement to wear PPE

All Essential Travellers under Schedule 2 must wear a surgical face mask (covering mouth and nose) in South Australia when coming into contact with the public.

Self-quarantine requirements

A person who is Required to self-quarantine must:

  1. identify a suitable place to reside and remain for the 14 days commencing on the date of arrival
  2. travel the most direct route to that place
  3. remain at that place segregated from other persons
  4. remain at that place, except for obtaining medical care or supplies; any other emergency situation or for a reason approved by the State coordinator or his delegate
  5. take reasonable steps to ensure no other person enters that place unless they usually live there, or the other person is self-quarantining or for medical or emergency purposes.

We have formulated the below table to help understand current restrictions for each category of traveler.

Category of Traveller Online Pre-ApprovalSelf-Quarantine Wear PPE Record Close Contacts
Travelling from NT, QLD, TAS & WA Required NA NA NA
Travelling from ACT & NSW Required Required NA NA
SA Residents in VIC Required Required Required NA
Essential Traveller Schedule 1 Online Pre-ApprovalSelf-Quarantine Wear PPE Record Close Contacts
1. National and State security and governance (not VIC resident) Required NA NA NA
2. Emergency services workers Required NA NA NA
3. Commercial transport and freight services (Not VIC residents) Required NA NA Required
4. Remote or Isolated Workers (not working in VIC) Required NA NA NA
5. Cross Border Community Members (must not travel further than 50km into SA) Required - Unless already have prior approval NA NA NA
Essential Traveller Schedule 2 Online Pre-Approval Self-Quarantine when not performing duties Wear PPE Record Close Contacts
1. National and State security and governance (VIC resident) Required Required Required NA
2. Health Services Required Required Required Required
3. Essential Skills (industries and business) Required Required Required Required
4. Commercial transport and freight services (VIC residents) Required Required Required Required
5. Remote or Isolated Workers (working in VIC) Required Required Required Required
6. Urgent medical, dental or health treatment Required Required Required Required
7. Passing through Required Required Required Required
8. Compassionate grounds Required Required Required Required
9. Consular employees Required Required Required Required

More information

More information and FAQs on cross border travel and travel restrictions can be found on the SA COVID-19 website via the links below.

Update to public activity restrictions in South Australia

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction came into effect as of 0001 Thursday 9 July 2020.

Read the new direction.

Read the updated frequently asked questions.

The Direction requires an approved COVID Management Plan before the operation of:

  • a defined public activity (excluding personal care services, auctions and inspections for sale or rental, provision of recreational transport or driver instruction)  exceeding 1,000 people (excluding staff) at a business, venue, activity or gathering
  • the onsite purchase or consumption of food or beverages at a place if expected to exceed 1000 people
  • any ‘relevant licenced premises’ is a licensed premises (other than a night club) exceeding 1000 people or at which dancing and consumption of alcohol is facilitated or where any part of the premises is used for the purpose of playing loud, amplified music and dancing
  • any nightclub – (now defined).

Further amendments have been made to clarify the onsite purchase and consumption of food and beverages on a takeaway basis and from single serve food and beverage automated dispensing machines.

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Issue 69 – 8 July 2020

Cross border travel registrations

SAPOL has advised that they have received an unprecedented number of Cross Border Travel Registrations. Consequently, they are currently experiencing a delay in application processing times, and wish to advise that all Cross Border Travel Registrations will be processed as quickly as possible.

SAPOL has advised that anyone who has already completed the online Cross Border Travel Registration, should commence their travel plans to South Australia and bring all relevant documentation with them. On arrival in South Australia, travellers will be processed by SA Police to verify identification and their purpose of travel. Their online Cross Border Travel Registrations will be assessed independently to their entry at the border, airport, or port, and once assessed they will be contacted via email or phone to confirm their traveller status.

Victorian and South Australian border closure

As detailed yesterday there will be changes to cross border travel between South Australia and Victoria from midnight tonight, Wednesday 8 July 2020. Unfortunately we have not received any further information regarding the changes or new Cross Border Direction. The information we can provide at this time remains the same:

  • Only South Australian residents returning from Victoria and essential travellers will be permitted entry into SA.
  • Returning South Australian residents must quarantine for 14 days upon return.
  • Essential travellers must quarantine for 14 days when not undertaking essential tasks and must also wear PPE when in contact with others.
  • Cross border residents will be restricted in the number of km’s they can travel into or out of SA.
  • Some roads along the SA/Victoria border will be closed and there will be increased border check points.
  • SAPOL is consulting with the Australian Defence Force to establish what assistance could be provided if required.
  • Restrictions on NSW and ACT travellers remain the same and we are still considering lifting border restrictions with NSW and ACT on 20 July 2020.

We will continue to provide updates and information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime we encourage you to keep checking the SA COVID-19 website for updates.

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Issue 68 – 7 July 2020

Victorian and South Australian Border Closure

As announced at today’s SAPOL press conference the following changes will be implemented from midnight tomorrow night, Wednesday 8 July 2020:

  • Only South Australian residents returning from Victoria and essential travellers will be permitted entry into SA.
  • Returning South Australian residents must quarantine for 14 days upon return.
  • Essential travellers must quarantine for 14 days when not undertaking essential tasks and must also wear PPE when in contact with others.
  • Cross border residents will be restricted in the number of km’s they can travel into or out of SA.
  • Some roads along the SA/Victoria border will be closed and there will be increased border check points.
  • SAPOL is consulting with the Australian Defence Force to establish what assistance could be provided if required.
  • Restrictions on NSW and ACT travellers remain the same and we are still considering lifting border restrictions with NSW and ACT on 20 July 2020.

We will continue to provide updates and information as it is published and provided. In the meantime we encourage you to keep checking the SA COVID-19 website for updates.

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Entries Open for Primary Producer Award – 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards

The Primary Producer Award presented as part of the 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food and Beverage Industry Awards recognises primary producers that have demonstrated excellence in the sustainable production of safe, high quality food, and that have contributed to the positive profile of the agribusiness industry.

Read the award criteria for businesses with up to 15 FTEs and the criteria for businesses with more than 15 FTEs.

Visit the award website.

Download the award brochure.

Ag supply chain traceability boost to keep us ahead

Australia’s status as one of the world’s most trusted sources of clean, green and safe produce will be enhanced even further through a $4 million agricultural supply chain traceability boost. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says 16 projects are sharing in the funding under the first round of the Australian Government’s $7 million Traceability Grants Program. The Traceability Grants Program is part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda announced by the Australian Government to support the target of a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030. The $7 million program will run over a minimum of two rounds from now until June 2023.

Read the media release.

EMDG applications for 2020 grant year are now open!

In response to COVID-19, the Government has made a number of updates to the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, which include waiving the export performance test. In the 2019–20 grant year a total of 4,015 recipients received a combined total of $192.2 million.

For more information and to apply visit the Austrade website.

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Issue 67 – 6 July 2020

International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) Exporters Briefing

Last week the Australian Government committed an additional $241.9 million to continue the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), helping keep international freight routes and flights operating until the end of the year. Austrade are holding an online briefing for exporters to help explain the extension. The briefing will take place this Wednesday, 8 July from 9.30 am to 10.15 am AEST. Speakers will include Michael Byrne, who is working with Austrade as the International Freight Coordinator, and Marg Staib, Air Vice-Marshal AM CSC, who is working with Austrade as the Australian Government Freight Controller.

To access the briefing please dial 02 9037 0069 and enter the meeting number (access code) if prompted: 166 897 5711#, or if joining on a mobile dial +61-29037-0069 and enter 1668975711#. Interested attendees are asked to dial in from 9.25 am for a prompt start at 9.30am.

There are two ways to ask questions before and during this briefing:

  1. Email questions to freightbriefing@austrade.gov.au by 12.00pm Tuesday, 7 July.
  2. Use the Slido app during the meeting – go to https://www.sli.do/ and enter the event code #Freightbriefing

If you have trouble joining the teleconference, please call (02) 6201 8333 for assistance. Please do not place your phone on HOLD at any point during the briefing, as you will be removed from the briefing. You will be automatically muted on joining the call.

Australia 's free trade agreement with Indonesia to provide export boost

New export opportunities for Australian farmers, businesses and investors began to flow from yesterday, Sunday 5 July, with the start of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). This landmark trade agreement with Indonesia will provide an export boost for Australian farmers and businesses who have been doing it tough during the COVID-19 crisis. Under IA-CEPA, 99 per cent of Australian goods (by value) will enter Indonesia duty-free or under improved preferential arrangements.

Read more information on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Read the media release.

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Entries for the 2020 South Australian Premier’s Food & Beverage Industry Awards Now Open

The theme this year is Sharing our Stories, and if ever there was a time to share the stories of your challenges and successes, this is it. Entries will be received online and two winners for the 2020 Consumer Award will be granted – one for businesses with up to 15 FTEs and one for those with more than 15 FTEs. You can also now nominate yourself or an industry professional you admire for the Leader and Next Generation Awards. Entries are now open and will close 17 August 2020.

To read more information, including the categories, register for the Entrant Information Webinar or nominate, visit the Food South Australia website.

Download the award brochure.

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Issue 66 – 3 July 2020

Continuation of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism

Today the Australian Government committed an additional $241.9 million to continue the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), helping keep international freight routes and flights operating until the end of the year.

Read the joint media release.

The new funding will keep high-value, time sensitive and perishable exports and vital imports, such as medical supplies and other essential items, flowing as we continue the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. It will also re-establish domestic connections for producers and growers in regional and rural areas that rely on air freight to get their products to customers.

Even though the IFAM is being extended, it’s important to remember it is a temporary, emergency measure in response to an extraordinary situation. The extension will give Australian businesses more time to re-engineer their business models and adjust to a new and tougher trading environment created by COVID-19.

Outbound Flights from Adelaide through IFAM are currently scheduled until late July 2020. See the outbound IFAM Flight schedule. The two freight flight options are:

  • Singapore Airlines | Flight No. SQ0278 | Departs every Wednesday until Wednesday 22 July 2020 (12 weeks from 6 May 2020)
  • Cathay Pacific | Flight No. CX2174 | Departs every Sunday until Sunday 12 July 2020 (6 weeks from 7 June 2020).

Discussions with both airlines are being held to determine any possible extensions to the above schedules. We will advise if or w.hen these are announced.

South Australian exporters can continue to gain access to commercial freight options through their freight forwarder. See flight details.

Businesses can continue to access the IFAM by registering their interest or by contacting their freight forwarder. Visit the Austrade website for more information on the scheme and the latest flight schedules. Read the IFAM fact sheet.

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New resources information service to help landowners and rural communities

The State Government is funding a new resources information service specifically designed to assist landowners, farmers and community members across South Australia in their dealings with the resources sector. From July 1, the Rural Business Support (RBS) Landowner Information Service will begin taking public enquiries and provide, free of charge, easy-to-understand information to any individual or business who may be affected by activities conducted by the state’s mineral exploration and mining sectors.

For more information on the Landowner Information Service contact Rural Business Support on 1800 836 211 or visit their website.

Read the media release.

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Issue 65 – 2 July 2020

Transport and Freight operators travelling to South Australia

Transport and Freight operators travelling to South Australia as an existing Essential Traveller will need to complete the online registration process. Applications can be submitted online.

Transport and freight drivers are encouraged to apply as soon as they can to obtain their status under the new system, however largely those drivers operating across borders should feel little, if any change. Once drivers have received their email confirming approval as an essential traveller, presentation of the email advice to police border patrols will streamline the process.

When filling out the online form Transport and Freight Operators need to provide a short description of why they meet the selected criteria, this should include:

  • The name of the company you drive for
  • A description of your vehicle (i.e. B Double)
  • The general route and regularity of your travel
  • A general description of what you transport.

It is critical that sufficient information is provided or the application may require re-submission or not receive the appropriate status.

For more information visit and frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 SA website or the SAPOL website.

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Building a drought resilient Australia

Regional Australia is set to benefit as the Australian Government looks to build national wide drought resilience. The Australian Government has invested $3.9 billion, which will grow to $5 billion, into the Future Drought Fund. This long-term, sustainable investment will make $100 million available each year to help our farmers and communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Future Drought Fund’s programs are starting to roll out from July 2020.

Read the eight programs, totalling $89.5 million, in a media release from the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management.

Modernising South Australia’s training and skills system

The State Government will introduce a Bill in Parliament this week outlining significant reforms to deliver a more flexible and responsive training system for South Australia. The Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 was developed following extensive consultation last year and builds on recommendations from the Training and Skills Commission’s Skills for Future Jobs 2020 Series: Future-proofing the Apprenticeship and Traineeship System report. The Bill establishes the South Australian Skills Commission, headed up by a new statutory appointment, the South Australian Skills Commissioner.

Read further information and Minister Pisoni’s media release. Consultation on the Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 will open Thursday 2 July through YourSAy. Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 20 August.

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Issue 64 – 30 June 2020

Cross Border Travel Online Applications

As outlined in yesterday’s update, a pre-approval process is now in place for travellers wishing to enter South Australia. The Cross Border Travel Registration should speed up the border crossing process and provide certainty for people who want to enter SA.

Online Application

The online form will be available at 00.01 am tomorrow, Wednesday 1 July 2020.

If you already have an essential traveller status under the cross border community member category and your circumstance has not changed you do not need to complete the cross border pre-approval form. If you have an essential traveller status other than the cross border community member category you will need to apply online.

It is recommended that applicants fill out the form at least 72 hours prior to their arrival into South Australia to allow time for South Australia Police to process their application. Once their application has been processed they will receive an email with:

  1. A pre-approval receipt number that you will need to take with you to the border.
  2. An assessment with ‘single status’ or ‘ongoing status’ approval to determine whether you are:
  • able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • an essential traveller, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
  • required to self-quarantine on arrival for 14 days.

If someone is unable to complete the online application prior to their travel, they can still proceed to the border and a police officer will assist. It is recommended that they continue to bring any supporting documentation with them to assist the border officer to process their documentation. However, the border process will be significantly faster if the online application process has been completed in advance.

Watch an instruction video.

For more information visit and frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 SA website or the SAPOL website.

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Mobile coverage win for the Mid North

Digital connection in the Mid North will receive a boost with a $600,000 partnership to tackle a mobile phone black spot at Roseworthy. The State Government and Telstra have agreed to partner together to deliver the additional tower.

Read the media release.

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Issue 63 – 29 June 2020

South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions (Step 3 – From June 29 2020)

The South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions Step 3 came into effect today, Monday 29 June 2020.

Read the current roadmap.

Read the frequently asked questions for Step 3.

Under Step 3:

  • 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, activities and gatherings allowed under Step 3 are listed in the Public activities direction no 3.

Read the direction.

Public Activities COVID-19 Direction No. 3

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect at 12:01 am today, Monday 29 June 2020 and revokes the Emergency Management (Public Activities No2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Read the updated direction.

Read the updated frequently asked questions.

Download the contact tracing record for attendees of public activities.

Key Points:

  • The Direction requires all defined public activities to comply with:
    • Density requirements of 1 person per 2 square metres, being applied to the area in which members of the public use. Employees or persons undertaking official duties in relation to defined public activities are not counted. (Note – vehicles or other movable places are now exempt from the density requirements.)
    • People present or occupying a place in which a defined public activity is conducted or occurring must take reasonable steps to comply with the physical distancing principles.
  • The Direction requires those persons who conduct defined public activities to complete or update a COVID Safe Plan or COVID Management Plan (over 1000 people) before undertaking the activities.
  • Businesses and defined public activities that have already completed a COVID-Safe Plan will automatically receive a new Plan outlining revised venue capacity, as well as revised obligations and/or recommendations.

Electronic Cross Border Process (as of Wednesday 1 July)

People wishing to enter South Australia will soon be able to apply for pre-approval prior to reaching South Australia’s borders.  There are no changes to the cross border direction or the definition of essential travellers. Those with current exemptions in place will still be able to cross the border on Wednesday while they apply for their permit reference number by bringing current exemption status documentation with them. Those that need to cross the border on Wednesday and have not been able to apply for a permit as the system wasn’t live, can apply for a permit at the border checkpoint.

  • The online form will be launched on Wednesday 1 July, as part of new measures to streamline processes and provide more certainty for cross border travellers before they reach the border.
  • The online application form can be accessed from Wednesday via sa.gov.au or the SA Police website and it is anticipated that applicants will receive a response to their application within 72 hours.
  • Any individual who intends to visit or return to the state should complete the online form prior to arriving in South Australia, regardless of the location they are travelling from.
  • The pre-approval process will identify whether the person is an essential traveller, needs to self-quarantine or is able to travel without restrictions.
  • Those who have completed the form and have been granted pre-approval will receive a return email with the results and a unique reference number which will need to be presented to the border patrol on arrival.
  • Once a person is provided a reference number they simply need to show this every time they present at the border.
  • Applications and exceptions can still be issued at the border, this process is designed to ensure people are aware of their requirements before they arrive at a checkpoint, or for easy movement if they frequently cross the border.
  • Further information, including links to an instructional video explaining the new form will be available in the coming days at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au. Read the SAPOL statement.

Other news

More support for drought-affected farmers

The State Government is continuing to support drought-affected farmers across South Australia with a new program to help build stronger business models and improve long-term resilience.

The $330,000 Farm Business Management Program is part of the State Government's expanded $21 million Drought Support Package announced earlier this year.

The program will run for 12 months and is open to a range of businesses which have been impacted by drought, and will be run by Pinion Advisory Pty Ltd. Interested producers are encouraged to contact Pinion Advisory to express their interest in participating in the program.

For further information contact admin@pinionadvisory.com or 1300 746 466.

Read the media release.

Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

The Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) formally enters into force on 5 July 2020, opening new opportunities for Australian and Indonesian businesses, primary producers, service providers and investors.

On 9 July Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will lead a webinar for Australian investors, exporters and businesses looking for new opportunities. This event is hosted by the Australia Indonesia Business Council in partnership with the Australian Government.

Find out more including registration arrangements.

In addition, to help businesses take advantage of IA-CEPA from 5 July, the DFAT FTA Portal has been updated to reflect commitments in IA-CEPA. A guide has also been made available on the DFAT website to help businesses take advantage of IA-CEPA tariff reductions.

IA-CEPA information, including the guide and an email address to be used for IA-CEPA queries, can be found on the DFAT website.

Australia’s food security continues to be among world’s best

Following a re-emergence of panic buying behaviour, the Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud has moved to reaffirm that Australia’s food security is amongst the best in the world.

Read the media release.

Last callout for applications to SA Bushfire Appeal

South Australians affected by the summer’s devastating Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills bushfires are being urged to apply for their share of more than $8.8 million in gift payments from the SA Bushfire Appeal.  To date, almost $5.8 million has been paid to 827 impacted families and businesses, but it is believed some eligible South Australians may be missing out. Applications close on 31 July 2020.

Read the media release.

South Australian horticulture’s $14.6m in net benefits

Under $14.6 million Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program South Australian horticulture producers can now apply for grants of up to $300,000 to install new or replace damaged netting, helping those who have been impacted by hailstorms in recent years.

Read the media release.

Extending Farm Household Allowance relief payments

Farm Household Allowance (FHA) relief payment will be available to FHA recipients (farmers and their partners) who exhaust their FHA entitlements between 1 July and 30 September 2020.  The Australian Government is extending the availability of the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) relief payment for three months, providing $2.1 million to eligible farmers and their families.

Read the media release.

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Issue 62 – 25 June 2020

Joint media release: $36 million for our agricultural communities – the shows will go on

The Australian Government is spending $36 million to support agricultural show societies recover from the effects of COVID-19, ensuring they can continue after the pandemic. The $36 million Supporting Agricultural Shows program comprises three components:

  • $10 million in operational support for local show societies. Shows will be able to claim up to $10,000 if their attendance last year was less than 2,000, up to $15,000 if their attendance was between 2,000 and 4,999 and up to $70,000 if their attendance was over 5,000.
  • $26 million in operational support for Royal Agricultural Show societies which can additionally claim for unrecoverable costs associated with preparing for the cancelled show.
  • $100,000 in operational support for Agricultural Shows Australia’s Rural ambassador program.

All agricultural shows that have cancelled their show in 2020 because of COVID-19 will be eligible and they will not have to compete for assistance.

Read more information on the fund.

Read the media release.

The South Australian COVID-19 Awareness Training

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) is hosting a free 30-minute online course is designed to give employees and business owners in the tourism and hospitality sector the basics needed to understand prevention and control the spread of COVID-19, as well as give customers a COVID-clean confidence. The training course has been developed by the South Australian Tourism Commission in partnership with Health Safety Environment Australia (HSEA).

Register for the course.

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World-leading AgTech innovation lands in Loxton

AgTech innovation in regional South Australia will get a significant boost with the State Government launching a world-class business hub and demonstration farm in the Riverland. The State Government has partnered with the University of Adelaide's ThincLab to establish a unique AgTech incubator at the Loxton Research Centre set to foster entrepreneurial thinking to help grow South Australia's agricultural industries.

Find out more about the AgTech demo farm at Loxton and how producers can get involved.

Read the media release.

SATC New Event Dates – Coordinated Approach

The SATC believe a balanced South Australian calendar benefits everyone and welcome the opportunity to discuss intended dates. If you have new event dates that you would like to be included in the SATC event calendar or wish to discuss a change of date to an existing event, please email esa@sa.gov.au, or get in touch with your usual Events South Australia contact.

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Issue 61 – 24 June 2020

Roadmap to Recovery

An updated Roadmap to Recovery has been released detailing the Step 3 easing of restrictions that will take place on Monday 29 June.

  • Social distancing requirements will be reduced to one person per two square metres.
  • Businesses and defined public activities with an existing COVIDSafe Plan do not need to complete a new plan and will be emailed an updated version of their existing plan before 29 June.
  • Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence. A new plan will be available on the SA Government's COVID-19 website later this week.

Interstate Travel

  • Currently, travellers entering South Australia directly from Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania are not required to quarantine provided they were in that jurisdiction for 14 days immediately prior to travel to SA. Travellers entering from other states or territories are required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Essential travellers arriving in South Australia from Victoria will be required to obtain online pre-approval before crossing the border. The pre-approval system is designed to provide greater consistency and reduce issues on the border with individual officer determinations.
  • Currently there are no plans to change the Cross Border Direction and the essential traveller categories and criteria will remain the same.
  • SAPOL will be releasing more details on the pre-approval system later this week. Information will be made available before the system is implemented on Wednesday 1 July.
  • Subject to a public health risk assessment, from 20 July travellers entering from New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Other news

$145 million to unlock infrastructure jobs in SA

The Federal and South Australian Governments will support construction jobs across South Australia by jointly investing an additional $145 million to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades.

This package builds on the fast tracking of $327 million for infrastructure in South Australia which was announced last November, locking in priority upgrades that will bust congestion, increase productivity, improve safety, and boost jobs in this current difficult time. This package includes a $52 million Regional Road Network Package, which will build on investments under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative to deliver pavement treatments, shoulder sealing and safety enhancements to benefit the freight industry and regional communities across the state.

Read more information and the Premier’s media release for details on the identified shovel-ready projects.

Starting to seal the Strzlecki Track

The Strzelecki Track will start to be sealed in one of South Australia’s biggest regional road projects that will unlock massive investment, drive exports and create more jobs. The South Australian Government is investing $10 million to seal the first 50-kilometres of the 472-kilometre Strzelecki Track, beginning immediately north of Lyndhurst. The project is expected to create 31 jobs over the life of the project, and commence in the third quarter of this year, with expected completion in the last quarter of 2021, weather permitting.

Read more information and Minister Knoll’s media release.

Australian Government toasts wine’s 2050 vision

Australian Grape and Wine and Wine Australia have mapped out a clear and exciting path to grow the sustainability and profitability of the Australian wine sector’s focus and growth over the next three decades. The industry recognises that wine will be grown, produced, packaged and distributed in ways that are radically different in the 30 years and implementing the Vision 2050 will provide the workforce, innovations and practices needed to achieve the industry’s 2050 targets.

Read Minister Littleproud’s media release.

Rebuilding relief for Australia’s primary producers

The Prime Minister has announced $86 million of new targeted grants to support the forestry industry, wine producers and apple growers hit by bushfires and COVID-19. This new funding adds to the Government’s commitment of $448.5 million for projects identified by communities as part of their local economic recovery plans, and the $15 million investment to help forestry industries transport and store the high volume of bushfire-affected trees.

  • A $40 million Forestry Recovery Development Fund for competitive grants that support processors to navigate future wood supply shortages through innovation and product diversification.
  • $10 million for the establishment of storage facilities for processed timber products, fire-affected logs and other forestry products. The fund will produce additional certainty for mills and help businesses plan their long-term recovery.
  • A $5 million fund for grants up to $10,000, matched by a co-contribution, for wine grape producers who experienced crop loss because of smoke taint from the Black Summer bushfires in wine regions that aren’t currently activated for the $75,000 primary producer grants.
  • A $31 million fund for grants of $120,000 per hectare for bushfire impacted apple growers.

Financial support remains in place for drought-affected families

The Australian Government is continuing its support for drought-affected farming households by extending Round 2 of the $148.5 million Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) program until the end of this year. Since December 2018, the Australian Government has committed $181.5 million in financial assistance to support farming households in drought-affected communities through the DCSI.

Read more information on the program and Minister Littleproud’s media release.

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Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing

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Coming back to work post COVID-19

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Issue 60 – 22 June 2020

SA Health COVIDSafe Awards - Nominations are now open!

The COVIDSafe Awards recognise and reward South Australian businesses who have demonstrated innovation and compliance with COVID-19 directions. There are seven award categories:

  • Gyms and fitness
  • Sport and recreation
  • Cinemas, theatres and tourism operators
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Pubs, hotels, clubs, wineries and breweries
  • Personal care services
  • Other (e.g retail, churches, aged care).

Businesses and defined public activities are required to submit a 300 word summary of how they have demonstrated innovation and compliance to be ‘COVIDSafe’ in their workplace. A winner from each category will be awarded $5,000.

To apply, businesses will need to be operating within South Australia and hold a current ABN.

Nominations close midnight Sunday, 5 July 2020.

Learn more about how to submit an application.

Other news

Estimated Water Savings for South Australians

Thousands of South Australians have rushed to SA Water’s simple online estimator to discover how much they’re likely to save on their water bills from 1 July 2020.

More than 18,000 people have visited the website in just nine days, following the announcement that average SA households will save approximately $200 each year, with an average business receiving annual savings of around $1,350.

It is a simple, straight-forward process that takes only a few minutes, but will provide important information and peace of mind as households and businesses prepare their budgets for the new financial year.

Read more information and the Premier’s media release.

Uni fee reforms a boon for agriculture

The cost of studying agriculture at university will be slashed from 2021 under an Australian Government higher education funding plan aimed at producing graduates for high-priority jobs for growth sectors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of food security and investing in our current and future agricultural workforce where students who study agriculture will pay 62% less for their degree.

Read more information and Minister Littleproud’s media release.

Commercial Fishing Reform

More than 30 commercial fishers have already applied to voluntarily surrender their licence under the South Australian Government’s historic $24 million reform of the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery.

New information to help current licence holders decide if they want to take part in the voluntary licence surrender program was released last Saturday regarding the proposed management zones as well as total allowable catches for each species.

Read more information and Minister Whetstone’s media release.

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Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing

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The Dubai Advantage – Technology Opportunities in Dubai

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Rebuilding Australia's workforce

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Issue 59 – 19 June 2020

Update to Cross Border Travel - Updated COVID-19 Directions

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect at 12:01am on Saturday 20 June 2020.

Changes

This Direction allows for people travelling directly from Queensland to South Australia, having spent the last 14 days in Queensland immediately prior to arrival, to be released from the requirement to self-quarantine. All travellers who are currently in quarantine, having arrived directly from Queensland will be released from the need to self-quarantine effective at 12.01 am on Saturday 20 June 2020.

All other provisions previously contained within the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 are contained within the new Direction and still require members of the public travelling from other States or Territories to comply with the quarantine or Essential Traveller provisions.

The new Cross-Travel Direction includes two different classifications of Essential traveller - Schedule 1 – Essential travellers (no requirement to self-quarantine) and Schedule 2 – Essential travellers (required to self-quarantine when not undertaking work).

Schedule 1

If a person is determined to be a Schedule 1 – Essential traveller they may travel to South Australia with no requirement to self-quarantine. A person who is claiming an essential traveller status to provide transport and freight services must maintain records of close contacts for a 14 day period from the date of arrival.

South Australian members of the Parliament of the Commonwealth, or a member of their staff, returning to South Australia directly after travelling to the Australian Capital Territory for work purposes has been added to Schedule 1 - Essential Travellers.

Find out who is a Schedule 1 Essential traveller.

Schedule 2

If a person is determined to be a Schedule 2 – Essential traveller (restricted), they must self-quarantine when not undertaking the activity for which they are an essential traveller. A person who is claiming an essential traveller status under this schedule must maintain records of close contacts for a 14 day period from the date of arrival.

Find out who is a Schedule 2 Essential Traveller (restricted).

Note: An Essential Traveller under Schedule 1 clause 3 or Schedule 2 must keep and retain records of close contacts in accordance with subclause (2) for a 14 day period commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia (or, if they remain in South Australia for a period of less than 14 days, for that period).

Download the essential traveller record of close contact form.

South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions (Step 2 Plus – From June 19 2020)

The South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions Step 2 Plus comes into effect today, Friday 19 June 2020.

Read the current roadmap.

Read the frequently asked questions in relation to Step 2 Plus.

Public Activities COVID-19 Direction No. 2

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect at 12:01 am today, Friday 19 June 2020 and revokes the Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Read the updated direction. .

Read the updated frequently asked questions.

COVID-Safe Plan

Not all businesses will need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 2 Plus. Room allowances will increase as part of Step 2 Plus but the limit of one person per 4 square meters will remain. Businesses with smaller areas may not be able to increase their maximum patronage. However, some businesses with large areas will be able to accommodate more patrons. When creating their original COVID-Safe Plan, businesses were required to list all rooms or spaces that would be open to patrons, as well as the area of those rooms. If these details will not change, no new plan will be needed.

Read more information on COVID-Safe Plan’s and create.

Businesses that don't need a new plan

Businesses will NOT have to complete a revised plan for Step 2 Plus, if they:

  • have already completed a Step 2 COVID-safe plan for your business
  • are not increasing the amount of space or number of rooms open to patrons for Step 2 Plus.

An updated plan will be sent to the email address on file with a revised total of patrons allowed based on the room sizes originally supplied. Businesses will have to print and make this updated plan available from 19 June.

Businesses that do need a new plan

If your business did not resume trade under Step 2 but you intend to reopen for Step 2 Plus, you will need to complete a Plan.

Businesses that resumed trade under Step 2 WILL need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 2 Plus if they:

  • plan to offer more rooms or spaces to patrons
  • plan to extend or alter the floor space of any existing rooms or spaces.

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National economic outlook

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Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing

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The Dubai Advantage – Technology Opportunities in Dubai

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Rebuilding Australia's workforce

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Issue 58 17 June 2020

Updated South Australian Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect as of 12.01am today, Wednesday 17 June 2020. Cross-border travel direction number 4 is revoked. For more information visit the SA COVID-19 website.

From 12.01 am today, Wednesday 17 June 2020:

  • Travellers entering South Australia directly from Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Those currently in quarantine who have entered directly from WA, Tasmania and NT can end their quarantine from midnight 16 June, regardless of how long they have been in SA.
  • An essential traveller under a provision of Schedule 1 must keep and retain records of close contacts for a 14 day period commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia. Anyone who claims to be an essential traveller will be required to provide evidence that they fall within the defined categories listed within Schedule 1 of the Direction.

This only applies to travellers arriving directly from these states and territory. Travellers arriving from all other states and territories will still be required to quarantine for 14 days. For example, if you are 'from' WA, Tasmania or NT but arrive from Victoria or NSW, you will still need to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine requirements for travellers from all other states and territories will be eased on 20 July. The circumstances in other states and territories is being monitored, including whether there is the potential for easing of quarantine requirements for some states sooner.

Physical distancing supported as shops granted new exemption

All suburban Adelaide shops and supermarkets - regardless of their size - will be permitted to continue trading extended hours for at least another month, with a new government exemption to support important physical distancing.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said the further 30-day exemption would apply from Friday, 19 June to Saturday, 18 July (inclusive) – and allows supermarkets to open two hours earlier from 9 am on Sunday and four hours later (until 9 pm) on a Saturday and Sunday.

SA Health officials continue to support extended shop trading as an effective way of promoting physical distancing – which has proven necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Read the media release.

Other news

Enhanced transparency for free trade agreement negotiations

The Federal Government has today announced it will establish a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to help inform the Government’s ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) agenda. This forum brings together a broad cross-section of business, industry and community representatives with trade expertise to help inform Australia’s negotiations and policies going forward.

Read the media release.

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Australia's competitiveness in economic recovery

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Issue 57 – 16 June 2020

South Australian Border Closure Changes

The Premier announced today that South Australia will reopen the state's borders to Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory from midnight tonight, Tuesday 16 June 2020 as it further accelerates the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Read more details.

What this means:

  • If you enter South Australia directly from Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Tasmania, you will not be required to quarantine from midnight 16 June.
  • If you recently entered South Australia from Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Tasmania and are currently quarantining, you are not required to do so from midnight 16 June.
  • If you enter South Australia from any other state or territory, you are required to quarantine for 14 days.

The borders of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania remain closed to South Australians at this stage meaning South Australians travelling to those states are still required to quarantine.

Agriculture outlook dominated by recovery from drought

While the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to present challenges, the outlook for agriculture will be dominated by recovery from drought, according to ABARES’ June Agriculture Commodities report released today. Better seasonal conditions are expected to see the value of farm production increase modestly to $61 billion in 2020–21, the third straight year over $60 billion.

Read the ABARES media release.

Read the June Quarter Agricultural Overview.

Other news

Delivering improved mobile coverage for South Australia

Communities at Lyndhurst, Murtho South, Cradock-Wirreanda, Mount Mary, Buckelboo and Arkaroola Village are now enjoying improved coverage and connectivity. These six towers are the latest of 42 mobile base stations switched on in South Australia to date under the Federal Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP says South Australia will receive a further 17 base stations under Round 5A of the Program. This brings the total number of base stations being funded in South Australia to 83. Consultation for design options for Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program is open until 19 June 2020.

For more information on the Mobile Black Spot Program, including Round 5A consultation, visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.

Read the media release.

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How to build retail in the new world of COVID-19

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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

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Wednesday 17 June
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Act for Ag: Practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity – for a resilient farm, family and business

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Business and trade relations between Australia and India, the new landscape

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Australia's competitiveness in economic recovery

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The future for SME in SA presented by Steven Marshall MP

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National economic outlook

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Issue 56 – 15 June 2020

Updated South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Download and view the updated and latest South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions.

Workforce Transition back into the workplace post COVID-19 – Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia has listed some advice to assist organisations to transition their workforce back into the workplace. Read the advice. Before workers return to their usual workplace organisations must ensure their proposed arrangements are consistent with the latest advice from SA Health.

SafeWork SA inspectors are available to provide guidance and support on managing the return of staff and maintaining WHS responsibilities. Guidance is available at SafeWork Aus and SafeWork SA or contact a SafeWork SA Inspector at 1300 365 255 or help.safework@sa.gov.au to receive advice tailored to a particular workplace and circumstances.

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Mental health governance: beyond your organisation's COVID-19 wellbeing

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The Dubai advantage: Logistics opportunities in Dubai, your global launch pad

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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

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Wednesday 17 June
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Act for Ag: Practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity – for a resilient farm, family and business

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The future for SME in SA presented by Steven Marshall MP

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Issue 55 – 12 June 2020

Update on South Australia’s Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Following the National Cabinet meeting today the Premier announced the following changes. We will provide further information and links to the updated South Australian Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions and Directions when they become available.

  • South Australia will reopen its borders to unrestricted travel on Monday 20 July 2020. The State Government is also seeking advice on opening individual borders earlier. Restrictions for international travellers will remain.
  • Restrictions on venues including pubs, restaurants and gyms will be further eased next week. From next Friday 19 June 2020, up to 300 people will be allowed in venues, with up to 75 per room and as long venues implement the 1 person per 4 square metre requirement and social distancing.
  • Step 3 of South Australia’s Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions being brought forward to 29th June 2020 (Previously 3 July 2020). As part of Step 3 the 100 person limit will be removed and venue capacities will be determined by the 1 person per 4 square metre rule.

Industrial Relations working groups announced

This week, the Federal Government announced the memberships of the industrial relations working groups tasked with finding ways to urgently regrow jobs lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFF has been named in Group 4, Compliance and Enforcement, and will work with members to provide insight to Government on the unique issues facing agriculture.

Read the media release.

Instant asset write-off extended

This week, the Federal Government announced it would extend the COVID-19 response $150,000 instant asset write-off for six months to 31 December 2020. Businesses with an annual turnover of less than $500 million will benefit from the extension, with farmers given some welcomed breathing space to benefit from the much-needed tax break.

Read the media release.

New Financial Counselling Services - Free and confidential

The Australian Government has committed more than $4.7 million to provide small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 with access to free and confidential financial counselling through the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Program. This initiative has been designed to help eligible small businesses understand their financial position, identify options and implement plans to improve their long-term financial viability. It will also help small businesses access the immediate assistance they need to keep afloat and navigate the road to recovery. Regional small businesses can register their interest by calling 1300 771 741.

Other news

Cheaper water bills for South Australians

The State Government is further reducing the cost of living for South Australian households and businesses. From 1 July, an average household will save approximately $200 per year, while an average business will receive annual savings of around $1,350. Householders can quickly and easily estimate their annual saving at sawater.com.au/savingsestimator.

Read the media release.

$1.2 million grants help wine industry innovate

South Australia's wine industry will receive a $1.2 million stimulus with 11 innovative projects receiving grants under the State Government's South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme (SAWIDS). The $1.2 million of SAWIDS grants will unlock nearly $3.5 million worth of investment in innovation in South Australia's world-renowned wine industry. The grants will help build and strengthen South Australia’s wine industry through projects that develop capability, grow competitiveness and productivity, and increase profitability.

Read the media release.

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State of the National Digital Forum

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How to build retail in the new world of COVID-19

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The Dubai advantage: Logistics opportunities in Dubai, your global launch pad

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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

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Wednesday 17 June
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Act for Ag: Practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity – for a resilient farm, family and business

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The future for SME in SA presented by Steven Marshall MP

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National economic outlook

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Issue 54 – 11 June 2020

One-off $15 million funding round will help jump start regional economies

A special round of the Regional Growth Fund has been established to help fast-track the recovery of regional economies after COVID-19, and applications are now open. The one-off $15 million Strategic Business Round 2020 will give grants from $50,000 up to $2 million to shovel-ready projects that drive new or enhanced activity and create jobs for our regional communities.

The Regional Growth Fund usually isn’t available to individual businesses, however, the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus pandemic means there will be a once-off funding opportunity to stimulate investments by individual commercial enterprises. Applications will be accepted from commercial enterprises, incorporated associations, and business clusters.

Applications are open until 12pm on Monday 6 July 2020, and must be submitted online.

Full details, including eligibility and how to apply, are available on the PIRSA website.

Read the media release.

Other news

Better water services for South Australians

South Australians will receive better water services with the commitment of more than $200 million to upgrade water supply for regional towns, Aboriginal communities and make significant investment in water mains management during SA Water’s next regulatory period.

The commitment from the State Government will see regional communities at Yunta, Oodnadatta, Maree, Terowie, Marla, and Manna Hill having better access to drinking water with $41 million in water supply upgrades over the next four years. The upgrades will provide drinking water to nearly 350 properties across South Australia. A further $7.9 million will be spent to support the maintenance and replacement of water assets in Aboriginal communities. Water main management will receive significant investment with $155 million over four years to upgrade and maintain South Australia’s reticulated water mains network.

Read the media release.

Better Farm Household Allowance support for farmers

New measures to improve the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) program are now in effect. These changes make the FHA payment simpler to access and improve the support available to farmers and their families. These changes continue the FHA reforms underway since the 2018 FHA Review. FHA legislative reforms will be complete on 1 July 2020 when the Business Income Reconciliation process is removed.

Read the media release.

Positive news from Regional South Australia

More so than ever we need uplifting and positive news in our lives, so we encourage you to visit the South Australian Regional Showcase website to read about some of the amazing and inspiring work occurring across our regions. PIRSA is proud to be the Major Partner of the South Australian Regional Showcase program which provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made significant contributions to regional South Australia.

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How to build retail in the new world of COVID-19

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The Dubai advantage: Logistics opportunities in Dubai, your global launch pad

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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

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Wednesday 17 June 
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Act for Ag: Practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity – for a resilient farm, family and business

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The future for SME in SA presented by Steven Marshall MP

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Issue 53 – 9 June 2020

South Australian premium produce flying high

South Australian exporters of fresh produce, seafood and meat now have another pathway into critical export markets, with the Federal Government securing a critical freight route between Adelaide and Hong Kong.

From last Sunday, Cathay Pacific will commence a weekly freight flight from Adelaide to Hong Kong, with each flight expected to carry around 30 tonnes of premium South Australian produce including abalone, tuna, eggs and beef.

In more good news, Singapore airlines has also agreed to extend their weekly freight flight from Adelaide to Singapore for an additional six weeks due to ongoing strong demand as part of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM).

Read Minister Birmingham’s and Minister Ridgway’s joint media release.

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Financial survival during COVID-19: federal and state grants for the wine sector

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Navigating the export journey

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Global in-market updates: Hong Kong (wine market focus)

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Thursday 11 June
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Act for Ag: practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity – for a resilient farm, family and business

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Lunchtime with Gery Harvey: All things business, AgTech and tax time tips

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Help your business show up and stand out online

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Mental health governance: beyond your organisation's COVID-19 wellbeing

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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

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Wednesday 17 June 
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National economic outlook

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Issue 52 5 June 2020

COVID-19 Awareness Training for Tourism Businesses

The South Australian Tourism Commission has launched COVID-19 Awareness Training for business owners and employees in the tourism sector. This free 30-minute training covers what you need to know to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, as well as give customers "COVID-clean" confidence. A certificate will be issued upon completion of the course, which businesses can display in their premises and/or use in promotional material.

Register for the training course.

Principles for Transport and Tour Vehicles

SA Health has this week released guiding Principles for Transport and Tour Vehicles. Read the principles.

View upcoming and past recorded webinars on PIRSA’s COVID 19 Primary Industries hub

PIRSA has created a webinar section of the PIRSA COVID-19 portal to help keep primary industries and businesses updated on upcoming webinars, but also recordings of past webinars when and if they are published online. We encourage you to check the portal regularly for new and upcoming webinars as we move from these daily email updates to only sending one when relevant and new information is available.

See all upcoming webinars. (Click on the + in the white box next to June.)

Access recordings and past webinars.

Other news

Reminder Connecting Drought Communities – Events Grant

South Australian communities affected by drought are being encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 towards local activities, events and functions focused on wellbeing and building resilience.

The $330,000 Connecting Drought Communities Events Grant program is part of the State Government’s $21 million Drought Support Package. The grant program is aimed at encouraging drought-affected communities to connect and help lift spirits.

Applications close on 31 March 2021. Events must be held by 15 June 2021.

For more information, guidelines and to apply visit the PIRSA website.

Read the media release.

Do your bit to protect SA from fruit fly this long weekend

As South Australians head out into the regions this long weekend, travellers are being reminded to play their part in the battle against fruit fly and leave their fruit and vegetables at home.

There are zero strikes and zero excuses for bringing fruit and vegetables into South Australia or into a pest free area and if travellers flout the rules, they will receive a $375 fine.

Visit PIRSA's fruit fly section for more information, including quarantine bin locations, food checker and details on current Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks including a suburb checker. visit the PIRSA website.

Read the media release.

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Grants for your Community

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Meet the Minister series: Delayed federal budget

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Financial survival during COVID-19: federal and state grants for the wine sector

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Wednesday 10 June
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Navigating the export journey

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Wednesday 10 June
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Global in-market updates: Hong Kong (wine market focus)

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Thursday 11 June
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Act for Ag: practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity – for a resilient farm, family and business

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Thursday 11 June
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Mental health governance: beyond your organisation's COVID-19 wellbeing

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Tuesday 16 June
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Lunchtime with Gery Harvey: All things business, AgTech and tax time tips

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Thursday 11 June
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

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Wednesday 17 June 
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National economic outlook

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Issue 51 – 4 June 2020

New International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) flights to Hong Kong

On 1 April 2020 the Australian Government announced the $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) as a temporary measure to help restore critical global supply chains which have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 containment measures around the world.

The IFAM has supported the transport of thousands of tonnes of high-value Australian produce on international supply chains. IFAM is also continuing to facilitate the imports of vital medicines and medical supplies back to Australia. The IFAM is supporting new outbound flights to Hong Kong, departing from Adelaide and Toowoomba. These flights are rebuilding key routes to a major market for Australian agricultural and fisheries producers.

To register your interest and for further information on how IFAM works visit the IFAM webpage.

Utilising the ‘Welcome Back’ campaign to promote regional businesses

With restrictions on intrastate travel and outdoor dining eased, we are encouraging regional businesses to use the South Australian Tourism Commission’s ‘Welcome Back’ campaign. A photoshop file can be downloaded, and an image dropped in as relevant. Note, to preserve the brand, the text under the ‘Welcome Back’ header should be removed and reference to business or region should be kept in the social media post.

Detmold Medical – South Australian Face Masks

Detmold Medical, a subsidiary of the Detmold Group, are now producing specialised PPE masks in South Australia. Detmold Medical has created 200 new jobs in SA and have been asked to supply 145 million masks for the Australian market by December 2020. At the end of June, with the commissioning of 20 new machines, Detmold Medical will make 20–24 million masks/month. The development of this new local manufacturing capability provides numerous benefits to the state including:

  • future ability for masks to be tested for Australian standards on site in Australia, previously sent offshore
  • development and growth of an Australian supply chain from what was previously dependent on imports
  • research and development of alternative natural components such as wool or fibre based parts, in line with their aim to reduce their reliance on plastic inputs.
  • ability to respond to industry and Government needs and requirements quickly in the event of future pandemic events.

Detmold Medical is aiming to begin manufacturing other PPE including surgical gowns, boots and caps over coming months. For more information on Detmold Medical please see the attached document prepared for PIRSA. If you would like to contact or connect with Detmold Medical you can email:

Ron Tremaine, Group General Manager – Global Brands, Business Development & New Markets
ron.tremaine@detpak.com

Romano Bolzon, General Manager – Detpak Australasia
romano.bolzon@detpak.com.

Other news

Funding to support industry-led research in South Australia

Funding proposals are now being sought for industry-led collaborations between businesses, government, researchers and the community through South Australia’s Research, Commercialisation and Start-up Fund (RCSF).

Funding of up to $2.4 million over three years is available to support Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) headquartered or with a node located in South Australia. Stream 1 of the RCSF supports research initiatives that will create innovative solutions and translate research into industry or commercial outcomes that address economy-wide challenges for South Australia.

Submissions are open until 15 June.

Visit the Department of Innovation and Skills website for more information.

Read the media release.

Innovation boosting Australia's biosecurity

The Australian Government is funding a range of innovative projects to strengthen the nation’s biosecurity system, committing $25.2 million (over five years from 2018) for the Biosecurity Innovation Program. Projects include DNA fingerprinting for imported dogs, virtual reality biosecurity training and drones for feral pig management. The projects will be progressed in collaboration with innovators from the business sector, universities and research entities.

Read more information on the Biosecurity Innovation Program.

Read the media release.

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Mental health governance: beyond your organisation's COVID-19 wellbeing

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National economic outlook

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Issue 50 – 2 June 2020

No new information to report today.

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Issue 49 – 1 June 2020

‘Welcome Back’ tourism campaign to support our regions

A new tourism campaign has launched to get South Australians back out into the regions following a long period of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1.5 million ‘Welcome Back’ campaign signals the start of a major recovery phase for regional communities, some of which have endured not just the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions, but also drought and fires. Launched by the South Australian Tourism Commission, the campaign urges South Australians to explore their own backyards, spend time in our regions and in our city, and help rebuild the state’s domestic tourism sector.

Read the media release.

Deadline for the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy Extended

The Australian Government has extended the delivery date for the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy to the end of October 2020 and the closing date for submissions from 1 June to 3 August 2020. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the extension will allow stakeholders sufficient time to contribute to the strategy, and mean stakeholders and government will be in a better position to engage with the strategy when it is delivered.

Read the media release.

Visit the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy website for more information and to have your say.

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In conversation with Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

The Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will be focusing on COVID-19 recovery and his priorities for the future.
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Issue 48 – 29 May 2020

Primary Industries Ministers’ Meeting – 22 May 2020

Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers met via teleconference on 22 May 2020 to discuss COVID-19 matters impacting the agriculture sector.

Ministers provided status updates on their jurisdictional responses to COVID-19 and plans for recovery.

State and Territory members raised a range of broader issues including the potential for future labour shortages with implications for upcoming harvest seasons, export market and trade issues.

Mark Tucker, Senior Agriculture Industry Engagement Officer, provided an update on the current status of various primary industry issues and projects being addressed by the Federal Government.

Read the communique.

Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund now open

The Minister for Environment and Water recently announced that applications have opened for the $5 million Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund.

The fund will offer grants of between $20,000 to $1 million to eligible businesses to establish well-planned and sustainable nature-based tourism experiences in national parks or on other public land.

The state government is actively seeking new offerings which expand the range and diversity of our state’s nature-based tourism experiences and which reaffirm South Australia’s position as a ‘must-see’ ecotourism destination, especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a summer of devastating bushfires.

Successful projects will also help to create local jobs, especially in regional areas and stimulate the recovery of the tourism industry in South Australia. See the Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund website for more information.

Best Practice COVID-19 Pruning Protocols

Australian Grape and Wine has worked with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) to develop a set of guidelines to protect workers undertaking pruning and other vineyard activities from the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The guidelines are helpful in inducting new seasonal workers or upskilling and training existing staff. If you have any technical queries regarding these guidelines, please contact the AWRI directly at 08 8313 6600 or helpdesk@awri.com.au.

Public transport road map to keep South Australians safe

The State Government has announced its public transport road map in response to Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice released today to help to continue to keep South Australians safe on our buses, trains and trams. The AHPPC has developed Principles for COVID-19 Public Transport Operations to provide guidance to public transport operators and passengers to help keep them safe.

Read the media release.

ABARES analysis finds investment, open market trade critical to growth

An Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) analysis of government support for Australia’s farmers has found they are among the least subsidised in the world.

Australia has one of the lowest levels of agricultural support across the 37 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, and when compared to major emerging economies.

Report author and ABARES’ Head of Forecasting and Trade Dr Jared Greenville said keeping subsidies low was important for both Australian producers and international markets.

Read the ABARES report and the ABARES media release.

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Issue 47 – 28 May 2020

Helping venues make the most of eased restrictions

Wineries, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to seek to temporarily change or expand their licenced footprint, as part of measures aimed at helping the hospitality sector adjust to imminent changes to restrictions on non-essential businesses. Attorney-General Vicki Chapman said that all licensed venues that can offer food and beverages seated at a table will be able to apply for the short term licence.

This will be available to licensed venues at no cost and, if approved, could allow the consumption of a liquor, seated at a table, in a part of the premises that previously wasn’t covered by the licence – whether that’s a separate room, an expanded existing outdoor area or a new outdoor area. The short term licence application will not involve usual application processes to amend a licenced area. Approvals will be in place for 6 months after which licensees wishing to do so could apply for a permanent change through the normal process. The Liquor & Gambling Commissioner will work with local Council areas to ensure the appropriate approvals are in place for use of any Council land.

Read the media release.

Community Wellbeing Night (Live Stream)

COVID-19 has put unprecedented pressure on local communities. Join Anthony Hart, Mind Health Advocate on Wednesday 3 June via live stream to hear his powerful story, as he guides attendees through how to build a tailored Better Mind Health Action Plan to help them overcome significant life challenges. Register.

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Issue 46 – 27 May 2020

Step 2 of South Australia’s COVID Roadmap to Recovery

Step 2 of South Australia’s COVID Roadmap to Recovery has been brought forward to Monday 1 June. For more information about the restrictions that will be eased and what is required of businesses we strongly encourage you visit the COVID-19 SA website.

Read the frequently asked questions on Step 2 of South Australia’s COVID Roadmap to Recovery.

Business responsibilities: COVID-Safe Plan

Businesses that were previously directed to close must complete a COVID-Safe Plan before they can reopen. This Plan will outline how your staff and patrons can be kept safe from COVID-19. The plan must be completed and made available at your business premises by Monday 1 June 2020. If your business was allowed to reopen during Step 1 of South Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery, you must also complete a Plan before 1 June. Failing to do so may result in a fine of up to $5,000. The COVID-Safe Plan can be completed online.

To assist in completing the COVID-Safe Plan the government has also published some frequently asked questions, and there's an online calculator available to help determine the maximum number of people per room (scroll to 'Need Help?' section for the working calculator).

Step 2 principles

The easing of restrictions for Step 2 is based on a number of principles based on available medical evidence. While South Australia currently has a low number of cases, it is important that we continue to apply principles that limit the ability for COVID-19 to be transmitted and to spread among networks of people, and continue to test everyone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Read the Principles for Step 2 changes.

$10,000 Emergency Cash Grants Closing This Week

Small businesses and not-for-profit entities that employ South Australians who have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant to support the operation of their business.

The grant is being funded from the State Government’s $650 million Jobs Rescue Package. Applications for the grant will be open until 1 June 2020. It is recommended that all applications be submitted by 31 May 2020 to avoid on-line delays. Visit the $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses page for more information and to start your application.

Singapore Airlines International Freight Assistance Mechanism Extension

Singapore Airlines has notified the State Government today that the International Freight Assistance Mechanism will continue support of the airlines current freight service for a further 6 weeks. Which means the flight from Adelaide to Singapore will operate at least until 22 July 2020. For further information, contact Becky.Houston@sa.gov.au

2020 Food South Australia Summit – Fit for Future

The 2020 Food South Australia Summit – Fit for Future, will be held as a virtual event for the first time on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

With everyone so strongly focused on COVID-19 response and recovery strategies right now, Food South Australia know the big questions for industry is around what the 'new normal' actually looks like and where the opportunities are for food and beverage businesses. The aim of the 2020 Summit program is to help answer those questions. Summit speakers will provide updates on the latest trends and opportunities in global markets as Australia progresses through recovery from COVID-19, and to help food and beverage businesses develop strategies for this new trading environment.

See the full program.

Registration is free of charge for all South Australian attendees and only $50 for all interstate and international attendees.

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Global In-Market Updates: China

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Issue 45 – 26 May 2020

Easing of Restrictions for COVID-19

Pubs, gyms, cinemas, places of worship, beauty salons and other sites will now be permitted to have up to 80 people on their premises from 1 June as long as they comply with appropriate safeguards.

Read the Premier’s media release.

COVID-19 Training Rollout

Over 400 SA businesses and industry sectors have responded to register their interest in ‘COVID clean’ infection control training for frontline workers and staff as they prepare to re-open safely.

On the back of last week’s announcement, the South Australian Government has initially engaged three training providers to rollout the ‘COVID clean’ toolkit. Participants will learn a range of skills, including:

  • hand hygiene practices
  • effective surface cleaning
  • use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • disposal of contaminated waste
  • hazard identification, control and reporting
  • appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident
  • knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission.

Up to 5,500 training places for this accredited training will be available in SA, with funding from the Federal Government’s $80 million Infection Control Training Fund including matched funding of $2.67 million from the State Government.

Read the media release.

International Air Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM)

The IFAM is a temporary measure to help restore critical global supply chains which have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 containment measures around the world. In relation to agribusiness, it is providing the opportunity on outbound legs for producers of high-value agricultural and fisheries products to assist with resuming service supply contracts with international customers. Specifically for South Australia, we are now heading into week 4 of the 8 week IFAM flight for Adelaide to Singapore with IFAM introduced to re-establish freight routes which is currently aimed to finish in July/August.

Nationally, some of the IFAM support in the eastern states has already ceased and at this stage National Cabinet has not yet approved an extension of the service. It is important that exporters anticipate and work with their customers in-market regarding freight arrangements post IFAM. The South Australian Department for Trade and Investment continues to have discussions with freight forwarders and is monitoring IFAM arrangements.

For more information, contact Becky.Houston@sa.gov.au

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Issue 44 – 25 May 2020

Skilling South Australia

Through the Skilling South Australia initiative, the Department for Industry and Skills is supporting industry and employers to increase the number of apprentices in South Australia through the following initiatives.

Equipped for Work

Employers and Businesses can access reimbursements for up to $1,500 in costs that are associated with taking on an apprentice or trainee.

Online application form.

Equipped for Growth

Allows employers with less than 25 staff to access up to $5,000 dollars to hire a new apprentice, covering costs such as recruitment, pre-training and induction support. Online application.

Skilling South Australia Projects

If an employer or group of employers in a region are looking to take on a number of apprentices, the Department for Industry and Skills can also develop tailored projects to support these initiatives. Further information is provided in the attached documents.

COVID Response Projects – Skilling South Australia Workforce Development Projects

Through the Skilling South Australia Workforce Development Projects, the Department for Industry and Skills is assisting employers and industry to adapt to the changing COVID environment through short course training. Employers can seek funding support to:

  • retain their workforce through upskilling necessary for employees to retain employment
  • transition their workforce from one part of the business to another via upskilling
  • employ new workers who may be transitioning from one industry to another
  • hire new workers to respond to business need as a result of COVID-19.

These projects are designed to support quick reskilling via accredited training short-courses, rather than the extended training delivery under an apprenticeship and applications are open at this stage until June 30. Any businesses or industries who would like to discuss a proposal are encouraged to contact the Department for Industry Skills Infoline via 1800 673 097 or via email at skills@sa.gov.au.

Seasonal Jobs SA

More than 1,000 people a day are visiting the South Australian Government’s new Seasonal jobs SA website targeting unemployed South Australians to get involved in seasonal work in agriculture, such as fruit picking or grape harvesting.

Read more information about this initiative in Minister Whetstone’s media release.

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Issue 43 – 22 May 2020

New Non-Essential Business and Other Activity Direction No 6

The new Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 6) Direction 2020 has been issued to include the easing of restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining from today, Friday 22 May.

There was some confusion regarding the application of this direction to the type of licence held by the establishment, however the allowance for restaurants and cafes to open has now been extended to all licensed venues with dining capacity. Seated dining including alcohol service will be allowed at all licensed establishments from tonight. Social distancing, density requirements and maximum patron limits will apply.

Read more about dining venues.

Read the FAQs for Public and Outdoor activities. However, they have not been updated to include this new development.

Planning for Step 2 in the SA Roadmap is underway, with industry groups being consulted on how to support businesses and organisations to prepare for Friday 5 June (previously Monday 8 June public holiday).

COVIDSafe app resources for businesses, agencies and organisations

SA Health and the Australian Government have developed a new suite of COVIDSafe app resources for businesses, agencies and organisations. Access materials including posters, radio, social media, video, screensavers, web assets, translated and indigenous resources.

Open your world is a new portal for Wellbeing SA – there are great resources to help connect with others and stay active and healthy.

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Issue 42 – 21 May 2020

National Bushfire Recovery Assistance

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency has developed a grants summary page to better assist those effected by bushfires to access grants and assistance. The website breaks down information based on background or sector, including Small Business and Primary Producers, Tourism, Local Government etc. It also provides information on combined support for bushfire, drought, flood and COVID-19 assistance based on whether you are an individual or family, small business or not for profit, or a primary producer.

See the recovery assistance website.

Please also see attached the fact sheets for:

These include state and national resources.

Digital Beef Australia launch steers way to great event

FYI, Beef Australia 2021 has this week commenced its digital launch a year out from the iconic triennial beef industry event in Rockhampton. Beef Australia helps showcase the Australian red meat industry and facilitates new trade and export opportunities for Australian beef, one of our most valuable export commodities. The digital launch reflects the innovation and adaptability of the beef industry. It shows Australia’s beef industry is not only resilient but thriving at this challenging time.

For more information visit Beef Australia website.

Read Minister Littleproud’s media release.

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Reinvigorating Business

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Friday 22 May
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Tuesday 26 May
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Issue 41 – 20 May 2020

Updated South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Step 1 of the state’s roadmap to recovery has been revised after consultation with health and industry experts. Read the updated South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions.

Key updates:

  • An increase to café and restaurant dining capacities (described below).
  • Step 2 of the roadmap will be brought forward to Friday 5 June (previously Monday 8 June).

Government accelerates local jobs and business recovery as indoor dining back on the menu

South Australians will be able to enjoy an indoor meal with a glass of wine at restaurants and cafes from as early as Friday as the State Government moves to accelerate local jobs and business recovery.

From Friday, all cafes and restaurants will be permitted to seat up to a total of 20 patrons (10 inside and 10 outside) as well as sell alcohol to diners.

From Friday June 5, all pubs across the state will be permitted to open giving hoteliers and their patrons a much-needed economic and morale boost ahead of the long weekend.

Read the media release.

The FAQs in relation to the Step 1 of the roadmap are yet to be updated on the SA COVID-19 website. Once released we will be sure to provide further updates and clarification in the coming days.

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Issue 40 – 19 May 2020

Plan how you reopen and stay safe

The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has developed a planning tool to help you develop a plan to keep your workers, customers and the community safe as you reopen or increase your business activities.

See the planning tool.

SA exporters get a boost to sell products online

South Australian exporters will receive a boost from the State Government to go online and sell their products to the world as part of a new eCommerce Accelerator Program (eCAP). The $500,000 eCAP program comes after COVID-19 related restrictions have seen consumers embrace online platforms to purchase goods. This program will allow eligible small to medium exporters to apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding to diversify their business model to include an online platform to generate more revenue and create new jobs.

Read the media release.

Helping businesses get back to work with ‘COVID-clean’ toolkit

Restaurants and pubs are among some of the businesses who will benefit from a new training program to prepare the hospitality sector for reopening in the coming weeks and importantly, staying ‘COVID-clean’ into the future. The State and Federal Governments have equally contributed $2.6 million towards the training which will be delivered through the State Government and promoted by key stakeholders such as the Restaurant and Catering Association, the Australian Hotels Association and the tourism industry. Participants will learn a range of skills, including: hand hygiene practices, effective surface cleaning, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), disposal of contaminated waste, amongst other skills. Up to 5,500 training places for this accredited training will be available in SA in retail, tourism, hospitality, cleaning, security, transport and logistics, and will be delivered by local registered training organisations.

Read the media release.

Resilience and Rebound Program presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Following the South Australian Tourism Commission’s recent Resilience and Rebound Program webinar which saw over 430 tourism representatives on-line, they have released a recording of the session.

Read more about the Resilience and Rebound Program and resources for tourism and hospitality businesses to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis. These resources include a workbook prepared by Deloitte to assist small businesses to recovery from COVID-19.

Download the workbook.

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Issue 39 – 18 May 2020

World-Class COVID-19 testing bolstered

South Australia’s COVID-19 testing regime is being bolstered with focussed testing for specific cohorts of the population, as part of the South Australian Government’s plan to protect all South Australians from the spread of the virus. The testing cohorts identified in the Active Testing Surveillance Framework include health care workers, residential aged care workers, transport workers, homeless persons, prison inmates, and seasonal workers.

Read the Premier’s media release.

New laws to assist commercial landlords, tenants impacted by COVID-19

New regulations under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 have been made for commercial leases to protect tenants from eviction and provide greater certainty around dispute resolution and rent relief during this unprecedented crisis. The regulations, which cover the six-month period from March 30 to September 30 this year, implement key elements of National Cabinet’s Code of Conduct by the State Government this week.

Read the Minister’s media release.

Driving your business forward through virtual tastings

The Department for Trade and Investment (DTI), in partnership with Wine Communicators of Australia, is hosting an interactive webinar series for South Australian producers to learn best practice production and execution of Virtual Tastings, with a business to business (B2B) focus. COVID-19 restrictions for both domestic and international travel, wineries ability to sell to their distributor base has been diminished. Virtual tastings provide a perfect opportunity for businesses to broaden their reach without having to leave their backyard.  Wine Communicators of Australia have engaged Achieve Video Marketing to present this three-part series webinar and it will be hosted by RingCentral.

Read more information and the media release.

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Issue 38 – 14 May 2020

Seasonal Jobs SA

Seasonal Jobs SA is a new website that will help connect seasonal workers to essential agricultural jobs in South Australia. Seasonal workers are vital to keeping South Australia’s supply chains flowing, fulfilling a range of agricultural roles from pickers to packers, tree planters, processors and helpers. But COVID-19 restrictions are limiting the numbers of travellers visiting and taking up these seasonal roles. Over the next 12 months, there will be hundreds of seasonal jobs across the state that will need to be filled to sustain our primary industries.

Launched today, Seasonal Jobs SA will showcase the types of seasonal roles in agriculture as they become available, including what skills and training are required, where the jobs are, and how to apply. The dedicated COVID-19 hub also includes important information about workplace restrictions, safety, hygiene and support. Our jobs board is now live to connect people looking for a job with businesses needing seasonal staff. Employers can list their available jobs on the job board for free.

Please share this resource with your networks. We’ve created some social media assets you can use on your social channels, and messaging you can use in your newsletters.

Contact seasonaljobs@sa.gov.au if you have any questions. Please help share the message that if you need work, we need you. In addition, you can read the media release.

Agreed new biosecurity arrangements between India and Australia

India has gazetted market improvements to allow in-transit cold treatment of Australian pome fruit, summer fruit and table grapes and the phosphine fumigation of malting barley that means fresher fruit for India and greater returns for Australian growers. Australian barley farmers are also poised to become major players in the Indian brewing industry under this arrangement. You can read Minister Littleproud’s media release.

Reminder: Food and beverage industry guidelines, contact tracing templates and information for dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive

Just a reminder for businesses to check the PIRSA COVID-19 Primary Industries Portal for information on workplace safety and hygiene for COVID-19, including the food and beverage industry guide prepared by Food SA, information on dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive and contact tracing templates.

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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post-COVID World

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Brining your staff back after COVID-19

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Issue 37 – 13 May 2020

South Australia’s first long term infrastructure strategy

Infrastructure South Australia (ISA) has today released South Australia’s first independent 20-year infrastructure strategy. The State Government established ISA to provide independent advice to government to enable informed and evidence-based decisions on infrastructure planning, investment and delivery.

Read the full strategy or a strategy snapshot.

Read the media release.

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Issue 36 – 12 May 2020

Changes to entering remote communities

Changes have been made that affect persons entering remote communities subject to The Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency)(Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential)(Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020. It is now possible, subject to having quarantined in another State or Territory, and being able to evidence this, that access directly back to the designated area in South Australia is permitted without the need to further self-quarantine. This process is managed by SA Health and South Australia Police.

Export hub grants help businesses through crisis

The Federal Government is backing small and medium sized Australian businesses to tap into new markets around the world, with support for a series of export hubs across the nation. Ten export hubs from five states will receive more than $4.9 million under the SME Export Hubs Initiative and include industries where Australia has large growth potential including food and agribusiness, energy, advanced manufacturing and mining services.

One of the successful grant recipients is Food South Australia who were part of round one of the initiative. They have been allocated $194,467 in round two to further expand their activities including servicing businesses on Kangaroo Island, which was devastated by the summer bushfires and are now hurting through the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more information on the SME Export Hubs Initiative.

Read the media release.

Apprentice and trainee training and skills support for South Australian businesses

Under the Skilling South Australia (SSA) initiative, The Department for Innovation and Skills has been working to introduce both new apprentice and trainee initiatives and changes to their existing programs to offer businesses greater flexibility and help them rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent bushfires. Businesses across South Australia can now access additional support to continue training and skilling the states future workforce. This includes the Skilling South Australia (SSA) Workforce Projects which will provide $1.5 million in funding for co-designed projects that help retain and transition workers across industries in need and upskill and reskill displaced workers to find new jobs in areas of demand. The projects will run parallel to existing Skilling South Australia Projects.

If you have an idea for a SSA Workforce Project, contact an adviser to seek advice and support to co-design your concept further. Call 1800 673 097 or email skills@sa.gov.au. The funding is available until 30 June 2020 and subject to demand and budget availability.

More information is available on the Skills SA website, or download the Skilling South Australia Workforce Project guidelines.

For more information on additional financial support available to hire an apprentice or trainee, including new group training boosts, equipment for work and training support and more, see the Skills SA website.

New protections for South Australians during the Covid-19 pandemic

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman will today introduce the latest legislative measures aimed at keeping South Australians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislative measures include speeding up infrastructure projects, ensuring clarity in disputes between commercial landlords and tenants, better supports for mental health and disability clients and moves to better ensure the electricity supply.

Read the media release.

Revised 2020 parliamentary sitting schedule

The revised 2020 parliamentary sitting schedule has been released. The main changes to the schedule is that Budget Day will now be 10 November 2020 and the Estimates Hearing has been moved to 18–24 November 2020.

See the revised schedule.

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Issue 35 – 11 May 2020

Changes to the Cross Border Travel Direction

There have been some changes to the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 issued by the State Coordinator that have caused some confusion today (we are currently working with SA Police on this).

The previous Cross Border Travel Directive schedule that listed essential travellers under section 5 – Skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses referred to ‘persons who are employed or engaged in agricultural or primary industry activities and are required to be physically present in South Australia’.

This caused confusion for some people who interpreted this as anyone who has a job in agriculture can come into South Australia and not have to self-quarantine for 14 days. That has never been the case or the intent of the directive. It’s been really clear in the ongoing advice that we’ve received from SA Police, that seasonal workers and any other workers who don’t meet the other definitions listed in the schedule defining essential travellers (see below), have to self-quarantine. Therefore, a decision was made to remove that reference.

However, communications issued today related to the updated directive, have made reference to anyone employed in agriculture or primary industries as being not deemed Essential Travellers, so must self-quarantine for 14 days. We have sought a change to the FAQ document via Public Information which will now reflect the following:

Agriculture is an essential service, however, people who are employed in agriculture or primary industries (e.g. seasonal workers) will need to self-quarantine on arrival in South Australia for 14 days unless they meet the other requirements of essential travel, such as transport or freight services, skills critical to maintaining industries or businesses, or cross-border community members.

All essential travellers are covered under:

  • Transport or freight services
  • Skills critical to maintaining key industries or business, which includes:
    • specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in South Australia, where the service is time critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in South Australia
    • persons who, in the conduct of their duties, are responsible for maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to South Australia and are required to be physically present in SA for such purposes
    • persons who primarily reside or work in South Australia and travel for work purposes for regular periods according to established work schedules
  • Or cross border community members – persons who are ordinarily resident, or near, a South Australian border and who, in the ordinary course of their occupation, education or daily life, have reasonable cause to travel across that border

If people who have previously been able to cross the border within these definitions, find that they are no longer able to, then they should let us know as soon as possible so that we can work through this with SA Police. The more specific the detail, the quicker it will be to get resolved eg. date, time and detail of the circumstances. They can email Trudy.huczko@sa.gov.au directly with any issues.

Essential travellers are required to keep records of close contacts

Under the new direction an essential traveller must now keep records of close contacts for a 14 day period commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia (or, if they remain in South Australia for a period of less than 14 days, for that period).

Templates for essential travellers to record close contacts can be downloaded in word format, or pdf.

  • A person is a close contact of another person if they are in the company of the other person:
    1. Within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or
    2. Within 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer; and
  • The records that are required to be kept in relation to a close contact are:
    1. The name and phone number or other contact details of the close contact and the location at which the close contact occurred; or
    2. If the details are not known and it is not reasonably practicable to obtain those details—the time during which and location at which the close contact occurred
  • The records must:
    1. Be retained for a period of 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept
    2. Be provided to an authorised officer on request.

Note: The requirement to keep records does not apply to essential travellers referred to in Schedule 1 under clause 1, 5(3), 6 or 7.

  • Clause 1 – National and State security and governance
  • Clause 5(3) – Persons who primarily reside or work in South Australia and travel for work purposes for regular periods according to established work schedules. Note: A FIFO worker (being an essential traveller under sub clause (3) is not required to self-quarantine on return to South Australia, provided that their employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work.
  • Clause 6 – Emergency services workers
  • Clause 7 – Cross border community members.

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COVID-19: Reporting obligations

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Issue 34 – 8 May 2020

South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions

The South Australian Government has released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one to start on Monday 11 May. While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments must develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. This roadmap is South Australia's plan. As the state starts on this road to recovery, the Government will continue to work closely with health experts on how to balance the health, economic and social implications of easing restrictions.

Foodbank Food Amnesty – A drive thru food drive tomorrow, Saturday 9 May 2020

Foodbank will be holding a Food Amnesty, a Drive Thru Food Drive tomorrow Saturday 9 May 2020 from 9.00am to 4.00pm at their main warehouse at 377 Cross Road, Edwardstown. Simply drive thru, pop your boot and volunteers will take care of the rest. Foodbank are in desperate need of the basic pantry including: Pasta sauce, long-life milk, tuna, rice, tinned fruit and vegetables (tinned tomatoes, tinned peas and tinned carrots). Other items include: flour, sugar and soap.

Further information on the drive is available on the Foodbank website.

AgShows provides grants to 122 regional shows

122 regional agricultural show societies across Australia will share in $20 million worth of grants to renew and reinvigorate ageing show grounds through the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program. The grants will also serve as a much needed cash injection in the wake of recent bushfires and the COVID-19 outbreak. Funds will be used to upgrade or build new infrastructure on show grounds and also help sustain show societies forced to cancel events.

Read the media release.

Indonesian Free Trade Agreement good news for farmers

Australian exporters will soon start reaping the benefits of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), with Australia receiving formal notification that Indonesia has completed its domestic ratification processes. The Federal Government says the landmark trade deal with Indonesia would enhance export opportunities and deliver significant benefits for Australian farmers, businesses and investors. Indonesia is already Australia’s 6th largest agricultural export market worth $2.5 billion. The benefits and export market growth are expected to flow from the 5th July.

Read the media release.

Regional road works in the fast lane

Over 300 kilometres of country roads are being upgraded as the State Government continues to support local construction jobs and improve road safety. Planning and construction works are progressing on a number of key regional highways, with constructions works underway or soon to begin on projects.

Read the media release.

Elders Presents Virtual Series

In response to many industry events being cancelled due to COVID-19 across the country, Elders is introducing Elders Presents, a series of virtual events tackling issues and new information affecting the agriculture industry. Their first virtual event to be held on Thursday 21 May 2020 from 7.30pm to 9.10pm will feature experts in Agtech and Livestock, including Farmbot, PIRSA, Thomas Elder Consulting (TEC) and more.

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Mentoring Support for Startups and Scaleups Impacted by COVID-19

The Office of the Chief Entrepreneur and the Department for Innovation and Skills are inviting South Australian startups and scaleups to register their interest in an informal mentoring service. The mentorship program will directly connect them with highly experienced business people where they can have a confidential conversation about their circumstances and receive unbiased insights and advice to help them navigate through these uncertain times.

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South Australian businesses innovating through COVID-19

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Global in-market updates: India

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Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
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COVID-19: Reporting obligations

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Tuesday 12 May
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Global in-market updates: Japan

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A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

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Global in-market updates: Greater China and Hong Kong

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Friday15 May
Register

The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Unleash your virtual leader genius during COVID-19

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Thursday 21 May
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Customers centricity during and beyond COVID-19

Presented by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.
Friday 22 May
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Building long-term business resilience: bugets, business structure, farm management, succession planning

Presented by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Tuesday 26 May
Register

Growers as innovators virtual workshop

Presented by the GRDC and Farmers2Founders.
Tuesday 26 May
Thursday 28 May 
Register

Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
Register

Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
Register

Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 33 – 7 May 2020

Additional SA Health COVID-19 Information translated into Khmer and Dari

Further to the files provided yesterday, please find attached additional SA Health COVID-19 documents that have been translated into Khmer and Dari, including social distancing A4 posters.

Australian Tax Office Webinars

The Australian Tax Office are running daily webinars to help small businesses navigate the recent COVID-19 grant and support initiatives. Their 60 minute webinars focus on tax support, cash flow coaching, and how businesses use their MyGovID.

See their upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinars

Changes to Australian foreign investment laws

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Friday 8 May
Register

South Australian businesses innovating through COVID-19

Presented by Women in Innovation SA.
Monday 11 May
Register

Series 3 – Export Fundamentals Online Workshop (11 May to 14 May)

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 11 May
Register

Global in-market updates: India

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Monday 11 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Global in-market updates: Japan

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Tuesday 12 May
Register

A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 14 May
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Global in-market updates: Malaysia

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Thursday 14 May
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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Unleash your virtual leader genius during COVID-19

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Thursday 21 May
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Customers centricity during and beyond COVID-19

Presented by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.
Friday 22 May
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Building long-term business resilience: bugets, business structure, farm management, succession planning

Presented by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Tuesday 26 May
Register

Growers as innovators virtual workshop

Presented by the GRDC and Farmers2Founders.
Tuesday 26 May
Thursday 28 May 
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Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 32 6 May 2020

New wellbeing strategy Open Your World

South Australians’ mental, physical, social and community wellbeing will receive further support after an unprecedented start to 2020 with the State Government launching a ground-breaking new wellbeing strategy, Open Your World. Open Your World will be a single source of information with a dedicated website promoting wellbeing, including tips on staying fit and healthy, activities for kids as well online resources for learning and skill development ranging from language classes to cooking courses.

For more information visit Open Your World.

Read the media release.

South Australian produce on its way to Singapore

Over 40 tonnes of fresh South Australian produce, seafood and meat is now on its way to Singapore under a new agreement that will see local businesses once again have a direct freight route into key export markets across Asia. Through the Federal Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism, today’s Singapore Airlines flight is packed with a mix of South Australian products including chilled seafood, tuna, lamb, chicken meat and eggs. It’s expected that once in Singapore products will be then be distributed across Asia to markets including Hong Kong, Thailand and China.

Read more about the International Freight Assistance Mechanism and the Premier’s media release.

SA Health COVID-19 Information translated into Khmer and Dari

Please find attached two SA Health COVID-19 fact sheets that have been translated into Khmer and Dari. The fact sheets outline cleaning practices to be followed if there is a positive case and the practices to be followed if there is a suspected case of COVID-19.

Funding boost to mobilise volunteers in response to COVID-19

In response to a surge in demand for the services of community organisations as a result of COVID-19, the State Government has committed $20,000 to Volunteering SA&NT. This will help mobilise volunteers, ensuring essential services can continue to be delivered to our most vulnerable South Australians. As part of the partnership, Volunteering SA&NT staff will manage volunteer registrations and depending on their skills, match people to organisations needing extra help during the pandemic.

To register to volunteer during COVID-19, visit the Volunteering SA&NT website, or download the free WeDo App.

Read the media release.

Upcoming Webinars

Small business support, continuity and recovery

Presented by Small Business Commissioner South Australia.
Thursday 7 May
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Changes to Australian foreign investment laws

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Friday 8 May
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Series 3 – Export Fundamentals Online Workshop (11 May to 14 May)

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 11 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 14 May
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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Unleash your virtual leader genius during COVID-19

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Thursday 21 May
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Building long-term business resilience: bugets, business structure, farm management, succession planning

Presented by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Tuesday 26 May
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Growers as innovators virtual workshop

Presented by the GRDC and Farmers2Founders.
Tuesday 26 May
Thursday 28 May 
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Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
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Issue 31 5 May 2020

Department for Trade and Investment global in-market updates

The Department for Trade and Investment are running a series of global in-market updates featuring South Australian overseas representatives from the UK/Europe, Americas, India, Japan, Malaysia and Greater China and Hong Kong, who will provide the very latest situation as it relates to their country. DTI also welcome back our in-market experts from Austrade India to discuss current impacts of COVID-19 and opportunities in the wine sector in India.

Register

Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Information for workplaces

Safe Work Australia have created a useful toolkit for businesses to find relevant and updated COVID-19 information specific to their industry. The website features an easy to use content filter that allows users to find information by picking the drop-down menus that are relevant to them, including their industry and the type of information they are looking for.

See the toolkit and website

Upcoming Webinars

Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
Register

IBM Think Digital

IBM is hosting a worldwide digital forum to discuss how we can respond with resilience to the challenges presented by our current environment.
Wednesday 6 May
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Small business support, continuity and recovery

Presented by Small Business Commissioner South Australia.
Thursday 7 May
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Changes to Australian foreign investment laws

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Friday 8 May
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Series 3 – Export Fundamentals Online Workshop (11 May to 14 May)

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 11 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 14 May
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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Unleash your virtual leader genius during COVID-19

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Thursday 21 May
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Building long-term business resilience: bugets, business structure, farm management, succession planning

Presented by Meat & Livestock Australia.
Tuesday 26 May
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Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 30 – 4 May 2020

Reminder: Food and beverage industry guidelines, contact tracing templates and information for dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive

In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in a meat processing facility in Victoria, we would like to remind all businesses to check the PIRSA COVID-19 Primary Industries Portal for information on workplace safety and hygiene for COVID-19, including the food and beverage industry guide prepared by Food SA, information on dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive and contact tracing templates.

Extension of time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme

The Australian Commissioner of Taxation has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper period, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. Enrolments are open through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) online services, the ATO’s Business Portal using myGov ID or through registered tax professionals. If businesses enrol by 31 May, they will still be able to claim for the fortnights ending in April and May provided they meet all the eligibility requirements for each of those fortnights. This includes having paid their employees by the appropriate date for each fortnight.

Read more information.

$10k emergency cash grants for small businesses

The first tranche of payments for the State Governments one-off $10,000 emergency cash grant will begin this week. Grants apply to those businesses with a payroll of less than $1.5m, and not entitled to a payroll tax waiver under COVID-19 support measures already introduced by the State Government (for businesses with payrolls of up to $4m). Eligible businesses must employ people in SA and have a turnover of more than $75,000.

Visit the Department of Treasury and Finance website for more information, and to register your interest. Applications for the grant will be available until June 1, 2020.

Read the latest media release.

SA establishes transition team to manage post COVID-19

To guide the delicate process of both continuing to move out of the COVID-19 health emergency and restore the social and economic health of the State, the State Government has established a broad high-level transition team. While maintaining the vigilance of our public health response, the Transition Committee will look at which restrictions should be eased and in what order, as we take the next steps to return the State’s economy and community way of life to the new normal.

Read the Premier’s media release.

Changes to the Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Act has been amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme in Australian workplaces. These changes are temporary and will end on 28 September 2020.

Learn more about the JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act.

Upcoming Webinars

Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
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Series 3 – Export Fundamentals Online Workshop (11 May to 14 May)

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 4 May
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Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 14 May
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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 29 – 1 May 2020

Airfreight route opens for South Australian exporters

A new direct airfreight route between Adelaide and Singapore will start from next Wednesday 6 May 2020 as part of the $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). South Australian airfreight exporters of high-value perishable produce such as seafood, meat and dairy will be able to export their products to international markets following successful negotiations with Singapore Airlines. To ensure this dedicated exclusive Adelaide flight continues beyond the initial two weeks, exporters are encouraged to immediately speak with their freight forwarder to get their exports booked on this dedicated service. See the Department for Trade and Investment website for the latest information on support for South Australian exporters.

Read the media release.

Fishing industry support information

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has added a dedicated page to their COVID-19 resources to help fisheries deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new page includes information and support from the Australian, state and territory governments.

See the new page.

$1.8 million additional support program for bushfire affected businesses

A dedicated $1.8 million program aimed at supporting the immediate needs of bushfire-affected businesses has been announced today by the Federal and South Australian Governments. The South Australian Disaster Small Business Transformation and Growth Program will deliver a range of measures including the establishment of a new business hub on Kangaroo Island, access to export and investment advice, coaching and mentoring services. The jointly funded program was announced today by the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

Read the media release.

Upcoming Webinars

Series 2 – Export Fundamentals Online Workshop (4 May to 7 May)

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 4 May
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Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
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Series 3 – Export Fundamentals Online Workshop (11 May to 14 May)

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 4 May
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Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 14 May
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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 28 30 April 2020

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) COVID-19 Updates

For information and updates on the rights and obligations of small business in response to events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) website. This will be updated regularly as new guidance becomes available. The ACCC understands many small businesses are struggling to manage cancellations, delays and suspension of products and services. As a first step, they encourage businesses to contact customers wherever possible to advise them of how they are handling various circumstances. In doing so, businesses should continue to be mindful of their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law, which include:

  • to not mislead customers, including about what the customer is entitled to under their terms and conditions
  • to not act unconscionably when dealing with their customers
  • to not seek to rely on unfair terms in standard form contracts with customers.

Consumers can find information on their rights in relation to goods and services in the ACCC Consumer section. In many instances, small businesses are also defined as consumers, especially in relation to dealings with large businesses.

National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC)

The Australian Government has established the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) which has two key roles: to help minimise and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on jobs and businesses, and to facilitate the fastest possible recovery of lives and livelihoods once the virus has passed. The Commission is being led by Mr Neville Power and supported by an Executive Board of Directors drawn from across the business and not-for-profit sectors comprising: Mr Greg Combet AM, Ms Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA, Mr Paul Little AO, Ms Catherine Tanna, and Mr David Thodey. View information and updates from the Commission.

Freight controller appointed to manage airfreight in the national interest

The Australian Government is ensuring the movement of critical freight such as agricultural produce, medicines and medical equipment can continue. Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib AM CSC (Retired) has been appointed to the newly created position of Freight Controller, as part of the Government's $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism. Air Vice-Marshal Staib will work closely with the International Freight Coordinator-General, Michael Byrne, as they seek to ensure Australian Government-supported flights during the pandemic are filled with freight in both directions.

Read the media release.

Power price cut for household and small businesses

South Australian households and small businesses will receive substantial cuts to their electricity bills from July 1 following today’s decision by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to cut the Default Market Offer for electricity by 5.6% or 7.3% for households, and 8.9% for small businesses. Read the media release.

New COVID-19 Support Grants of up to $10,000 available

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for community organisations so they can continue to provide services and support to vulnerable South Australians during this unprecedented time – and the State Government is urging non-for-profits to apply. A total of $3.35 million has been committed towards COVID-19 Support Grants. Funding will be prioritised to support organisations who provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians in response to COVID-19. Read the media release.

Rural Aid Rural Community Builders Webinar Series

Rural Aid is hosting a seriesof free webinars as part of their ‘The Community Builder Series’ supporting small towns in rural and remote Australia to prepare for life after COVID-19 and help facilitate the exchange of information and ideas relevant to long-term viability. The weekly-run webinars, held 10.00am AEST every Tuesday from 5 May 2020, will allow rural communities, farmers and anyone interested in rural Australia, opportunities to connect, exchange ideas and information to broaden their collective knowledge. Register and read more information.

Upcoming Webinars

COVID-19 and Business

Overview of the State Government's business response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by City of Unley, City of Prospect and State Government.
Thursday 30 April
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Can we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a global food security issue?

Presented by The University of Adelaide.
Thursday 30 April
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Regional economies’ resilience

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 30 April
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Managing cash flow and working capital in a crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Friday 1 May
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Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

A Masterclass In Issues Management: How To Prepare, Communicate and Rebuild Your Business and Brand Reputation In A Crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 14 May
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The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Grants for your Community

Presented by Rural Aid
Tuesday 9 June 2020
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Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 27 29 April 2020

Export Fundamentals Program

The State Government has today launched a new Export Fundamentals Program to help emerging and existing exporters successfully market their products and services internationally, and drive local jobs growth. The program - designed by the Department for Trade and Investment - will be delivered in partnership with the national employer association and provider of trade and export development services, the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and South Australian firm Hydra Consulting. The training program will support South Australian exporters by giving them the tools, connections and confidence to successfully move into international markets.

Read more about the program and registration links for upcoming sessions in May.

Read the media release.

Primary Industries Ministers’ Meeting

Last Friday, Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers met via teleconference to discuss COVID-19 issues impacting the agriculture sector. Ministers discussed implementing agricultural workforce mobility, food safety guidance and shared updates and priority issues within their jurisdictions. Fiona Simson from the National Farmers Federation provided members an update from Industry. Ministers agreed to meet again in a fortnight.

Read the communique.

ReturnToWorkSA JobKeeper payments and the 202021 premium

The ReturnToWorkSA Board has decided that wage subsidy payments under the Commonwealth Government JobKeeper Program will NOT be considered remuneration for calculation of premium for 2020-21. The Board has taken this action to support SA businesses to maintain economic viability and employment during the COVID-19 health crisis. The flexible premium model means that for 2020-21, businesses will still be able to choose whether to have their premium based on their 2019-20 actual remuneration (with no end of year adjustment) or an estimate of their 2020-21 remuneration (with an end of year adjustment when actual remuneration is known). View examples here. Remuneration returns for 2020-21 premium are due between 2 July and 15 September 2020. Further information and more detailed instructions to help businesses will be made available on the ReturnToWorkSA website in the coming months. If you have questions in the meantime call 13 18 55 or email info@rtwsa.com

Upcoming Webinars

COVID-19 and Business

Overview of the State Government's business response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by City of Unley, City of Prospect and State Government.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Can we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a global food security issue?

Presented by The University of Adelaide.
Thursday 30 April
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Regional economies’ resilience

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 30 April
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Managing cash flow and working capital in a crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Friday 1 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 26 28 April 2020

Funding for Australian Zoos and aquarium

The Australian Government has announced a $94.6 million package of funding support for zoos and aquariums to assist with the fixed operational costs associated with caring for animals.

Read the joint media release. The media release contains a link to a fact sheet which provides details of the way the grants will be administered. Any questions should be taken up with Austrade via the contacts provided in the fact sheet.

Growth State – Food, wine and agribusiness consultation update

Read a summary of feedback received during the Food, Wine and Agribusiness Discussion Paper consultation held late last year. In partnership with Primary Producers SA, South Australian Wine Industry Association and Food SA, feedback will be used to help develop a sector plan to grow our food, wine and agriculture industries.

We also acknowledge that things have changed significantly for some businesses over the past few months. If you have any further feedback, please contact PIRSA or your industry association.

Launch of the sector plan was originally planned for early-mid 2020, however, this has been delayed while we collectively respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Work on the plan is continuing however, so that when the COVID-19 situation improves, we are in the best possible position to respond. Updates will be available on the PIRSA website as this progresses.

Trade Barrier Register

A trade barrier register has been established by Food Innovation Australia Limited, the Industry Growth Centres and the Export Council of Australia to give visibility to trade barriers affecting Australian businesses. The register will allow businesses to be prepared and make an impact on trade negotiations and policies.

Read the trade barrier register.

Upcoming Webinars

Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
Find out more.

COVID-19 Economic Impact Update

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wednesday 29 April
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Creating an ecommerce platform for your business – COVID-19

Presented by Business SA and the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 29 April
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Part 1: Stocktake & Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales and Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 29 April
Register

COVID-19 and Business

Overview of the State Government's business response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by City of Unley, City of Prospect and State Government.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Can we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a global food security issue?

Presented by The University of Adelaide.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Regional economies’ resilience

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Managing cash flow and working capital in a crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Friday 1 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Food South Australia Summit 2020: Fit for the Future?

Hosted by Food South Australia.
Wednesday 17 June 
See the list of guest speakers and register

Issue 25 – 27 April 2020

Download the COVIDSafe app today

All Australians are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app to help speed up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about the app. Download is available through the app store on your mobile device.

Contact tracing templates

Information regarding contact tracing has been updated on the COVID-19 Primary Industries hub under the workplace safety and hygeine section Dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive. You can also access and download the two contact tracing templates previously distributed and designed to record data proactively to allow easy identification for isolation and testing of contacts should the need arise. These documents should be used at every shift. Please note these documents are examples only.

Upcoming Webinars

Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
Find out more.

COVID-19 Economic Impact Update

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wednesday 29 April
Register

Creating an ecommerce platform for your business – COVID-19

Presented by Business SA and the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 29 April
Register

Part 1: Stocktake & Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales and Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 29 April
Register

COVID-19 and Business

Overview of the State Government's business response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by City of Unley, City of Prospect and State Government.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Can we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a global food security issue?

Presented by The University of Adelaide.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Managing cash flow and working capital in a crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Friday 1 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Part 2: Sales and Marketing Strategies – Adaptive 2020 Sales & Marketing Strategies to tackle Covid19

Presented by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Wednesday 6 May
Register

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Issue 24 – 24 April 2020

Landlords and tenants benefit from extra $50m in land tax relief

Residential and SME commercial tenants – including gyms, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons and hairdressers - suffering significantly as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will benefit from immediate rent reductions. Under the emergency scheme, eligible landlords will be offered a 25% reduction on their 2019-20 land tax liability on affected properties. Landlords will be required to pass on the full benefit to their tenants impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Applications for the land tax relief can be submitted to the end of June 2020 to Revenue SA.

Read the media release.

State Government provides rent relief for businesses

The South Australian Government will provide rent relief for business tenants that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions. State Government agencies will provide full rent relief for tenants of commercial, retail, industrial and other non-residential sites that have been forced to close or are significantly impacted as a result of COVID-19. The rent relief will provide relief to impacted tenants from the date they were forced to close their business or were significantly impacted to 30 June 2020.

Read the media release.

Translated COVID-19 information

In response to numerous requests for COVID-19 related information in multiple languages, we have developed a list of translated resources below.

Upcoming Webinars

Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
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COVID-19 Economic Impact Update

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wednesday 29 April
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COVID-19 and Business

Ooverview of the State Government's business response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by City of Unley, City of Prospect and State Government.
Thursday 30 April
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Can we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a global food security issue?

Presented by The University of Adelaide.
Thursday 30 April
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Managing cash flow and working capital in a crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Friday 1 May
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Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
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COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
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Issue 23 – 23 April 2020

New air freight network to boost agricultural and fisheries exports

A new network of 15 air freight service providers and freight forwarders has been established by the Commonwealth Government to accelerate delivery of agricultural and fisheries exports into key overseas markets. In the first three weeks of its operation, over 560 Australian businesses have registered their interest in utilising the International Freight Assistance Mechanism and agreements for 55 freight flights have already been secured.

For more information, please see the Fact Sheet or visit the Austrade website.

Read the media release.

Help identify critical issues impacting the agriculture industry due to COVID-19

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has recently appointed Mark Tucker as Senior Agriculture Industry Engagement Officer. Mark will work with Australian and State Governments to ensure industry perspectives inform decisions.

Expanding criteria for witnessing Statutory DeclarationsThe list of people who can witness statutory declarations in South Australia has been expanded, ensuring community members can still access the service while public health restrictions are put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read the media release.

Business SA Virtual Summit Report

Across four meetings, more than 40 industry bodies, community and business groups, representing multiple industries from across South Australia, provided feedback to Business SA about the impact COVID-19. Business SA has collated the information provided by each participant in a report which is attached.

JobKeeper Payment

Also a reminder that under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak are able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over. Businesses are able to enrol using an online form on the ATO website.

Read the employer fact sheet for eligibility and payment details.

Useful JobKeeper links:

ABARES – Impacts of COVID-19 on Australian agriculture, forestry and fisheries trade

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) latest report Impacts of COVID-19 on Australian agriculture, forestry and fisheries trade was released today. The global spread of COVID-19 is making the short-term outlook for Australia’s agricultural sectors increasingly uncertain according to the report.

Read the report and the media release.

Upcoming Webinars

JobKeeper Update and SA Government $10k COVID-19 Small Business Grant

Presented by Brad Loftus, RSM Australia and Showcase SA.
Friday 24 April
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How to submit to the ATO for JobKeeper payment

Presented by Stone & Chalk.
Friday 24 April 
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Tourism Australia weekly webinar on the coronavirus

Friday 24 April
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Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
Find out more.

COVID-19 Economic Impact Update

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wednesday 29 April
Register

COVID-19 and Business

Ooverview of the State Government's business response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by City of Unley, City of Prospect and State Government.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Can we prevent COVID-19 from becoming a global food security issue?

Presented by The University of Adelaide.
Thursday 30 April
Register

Managing cash flow and working capital in a crisis

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Friday 1 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

COVID-19: Reporting obligations

Presented by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tuesday 12 May
Register (receive 5 DPD units)

Issue 22 – 22 April 2020

How SA’s agriculture industry is responding to COVID-19 – 5AA Podcast

On a recent episode of 5AA’s ‘Our State’, Chair of Primary Producers SA, and Chair of the South Australian Oyster Growers Association, Rob Kerin and CEO of Food South Australia, Catherine Sayer discussed the effects on exports, employment and food security.

Listen to the podcast.

24-hour trading extended

In response to shoppers' continued demand for supermarket goods and the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic period, the State Government has renewed the period of extended trading hours for another 30 days. This means the condition allowing 24-hour weekday trading and extended weekend hours will remain in place until at least 19 May.

For more information, visit SafeWork SA.

Read the media release.

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.

Cyber Security

There has been an increase in COVID-19 themed cyber activity towards websites designed to either install software or steal personal information and banking details. Find out how to keep your business safe from scams.

Upcoming Webinars

Managing Contractual Obligations

Food South Australia and Norman Waterhouse explores how to manage contractual obligations throughout COVID-19.
Thursday 23 April
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JobKeeper Update and SA Government $10k COVID-19 Small Business Grant

Presented by Brad Loftus, RSM Australia and Showcase SA.
Friday 24 April
Find out more.

Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
Find out more.

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
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Issue 21 – 21 April 2020

Applications Open – $10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for SA Small Businesses

Applications are now open for the South Australian Government’s one-off $10,000 emergency cash grants for small businesses and not-for-profits. Businesses are urged to visit Growing South Australia for more information, conditions and to submit their application. Eligible businesses need to submit their application before 1 June 2020.

Important update regarding contact tracing

SA Health has advised that the national guidelines on contact tracing have been amended to extend the contact tracing to people in contact with a case 48 hours before they develop symptoms – previously was 24 Hours.

A close contact may now be defined as one or both of the following:

  • Anyone who has been within 1.5 metres of the infected employee for at least 2 hours at any time in the 48 hours before that employee first experienced symptoms.
  • An employee who has had face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes. This type of contact may also occur in a lunchroom, small kitchen space, or other environment (e.g. separate to a production room floor).

Read more about contact tracing on the PIRSA website under ‘Dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive’.

Resources to assist with contact tracing and recording

As a reminder, please see the employee declaration form (DOCX 18.3 KB) and contact tracing form (XLSX 11.7 KB) that have been developed in consultation with SA Health to help with contact tracing in the event that an employee returns a positive COVID-19 result. These documents have been designed to record data proactively to allow easy identification for isolation and testing of contacts should the need arise. More streamlined contact tracing is possible if this data is captured in excel format, however if this is not possible, print out the declaration form for manual completion.

Improved mobile coverage for South Australia

People living in regional and remote areas of South Australia will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Federal Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program. The program will include funding for 17 new base stations in South Australia. Read the media release.

Upcoming Webinars

What China’s rebound means for Australian business

Presented by CEDA with guest speakers from KPMG and Australian National University.
Wednesday 22 April
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Managing Contractual Obligations

Food South Australia and Norman Waterhouse explores how to manage contractual obligations throughout COVID-19.
Thursday 23 April
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JobKeeper Update and SA Government $10k COVID-19 Small Business Grant

Presented by Brad Loftus, RSM Australia and Showcase SA.
Friday 24 April
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Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
Find out more.

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
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Issue 20 – 20 April 2020

JobKeeper Scheme opens today

Businesses are able to enrol in the JobKeeper scheme from today, 20 April 2020 using an online form on the ATO website. Read the ATO updates on the JobKeeper scheme, including guides for small businesses and sole traders.

Information on commercial leasing during COVID-19

New legislation is in force which is designed to deal with commercial rent issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that tenants and landlords are aware of the impacts of the legislation on their lease arrangements.

The Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, has recorded a short video which covers the changes generally, including an expansion of the role of the Small Business Commissioner in dealing with disputes between tenants and landlords. If you have any questions please email sasbc@sa.gov.au

Buy local and support South Australian businesses

Never before has it been so important to support local businesses and their suppliers in these difficult times. Purchasing from locally-based businesses is a significant way we can contribute to the creation and retention of jobs in South Australia.

Products and Services:

Upcoming Webinars

Business survival in the 'new normal’

BDO’s next free webinar will provide steps to help ensure businesses come out the other side of COVID-19 stronger and leaner.
Tuesday 21 April
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Managing Debtors

Food South Australia and Norman Waterhouse’s next free webinar will explore how to manage debtors.
Tuesday 21 April
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What China’s rebound means for Australian business

Presented by CEDA with guest speakers from KPMG and Australian National University.
Wednesday 22 April
Find out more.

Managing Contractual Obligations

Food South Australia and Norman Waterhouse explores how to manage contractual obligations throughout COVID-19.
Thursday 23 April
Find out more.

JobKeeper Update and SA Government $10k COVID-19 Small Business Grant

Presented by Brad Loftus, RSM Australia and Showcase SA.
Friday 24 April
Find out more.

Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.
Wednesday 29 April
Find out more.

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Hear from former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC about the early mental health learnings for the community, employers and policymakers.
Tuesday 12 May
Find out more.

Issue 19 – 17 April 2020

Advice for exporters of perishables that either use, or may use, airfreight

Make sure you register your interest in air freight through the Commonwealth’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). This is particularly important to get access to flights leaving the hubs announced (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth). Register here or call (02) 6272 2444. No due date is set by the Commonwealth, but we strongly advise that you do this immediately to be considered as part of the early consolidated flights and benefit from the subsidisation available. Whilst the IFAM will initially only focus on the key markets of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE, please still register if you have other target markets, as this list may be expanded if there is sufficient demand and commercial opportunity.

There is opportunity through IFAM to consider proposals for flights direct from Adelaide, and the South Australian Government is working on this with freight forwarders and the SA Freight Council. Please indicate your interest and give the details of your potential air freight needs directly to the TradeStart adviser for your region, so the Government can make sure these are considered if any ex-Adelaide options can ultimately be facilitated.

Please keep close contact with your existing freight forwarders, as they too will become aware of air freight opportunities. Businesses should also continue to look at options via other cities (Melbourne is the most common), but consider the ex-Adelaide option when and if it becomes available. Whilst the focus is on perishables at this stage, there is potential that non-perishable or less perishable items might be eligible, provided they are high value (eg. wine). At this stage, the South Australian Government is not considering subsidising road freight to other states.

ABARES Analysis of Australia’s food security and the COVID-19 pandemic

The latest report by Australia’s Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) has confirmed Australia has one of the most secure food supplies in the world and is not at risk because of COVID-19.

Australia ranks in the top 10% of countries under the Global Food Security Index defined by the World Food Summit. The index measures 34 criteria covering affordability, availability, quality and safety.

You can read the ABARES Analysis of Australia’s food security and the Covid-19 pandemic, and media release.

Self-isolation and quarantine requirements for seasonal workers coming to South Australia

A reminder that anyone entering South Australia to undertake seasonal work must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. This applies regardless of whether they have already spent 14 days in quarantine in another state or territory. The updated Cross Border Travel Direction provided in yesterday’s industry update does not change this position.

Read the self-isolation and quarantine advice can be found. SA Police (SAPOL) will be undertaking periodic checks on people who have entered SA from overseas or interstate to ensure they are complying with the mandatory 14 days of self-quarantine. Anyone who does not comply faces a maximum penalty of $20,000 for individuals and a maximum penalty of $75,000 for a company.

Resources to assist with contact tracing and recording

An employee declaration form (DOCX 18.3 KB) and contact tracing form (XLSX 11.7 KB) have been developed in consultation with SA Health to assist with contact tracing in the event that an employee returns a positive COVID-19 result.

These documents have been designed to record data proactively to allow easy identification for isolation and testing of contacts should the need arise. More streamlined contact tracing is possible if this data is captured in excel format, however if this is not possible, a print-out declaration for manual completion (word format) is available.

Covid-19 legal assistance for South Australians

Legal aid is boosting its free assistance for South Australians hit hard by COVID-19. Read the media release.

Upcoming webinars

Business survival in the 'new normal’

Tuesday 21 April

BDO’s next free webinar will provide steps to help ensure businesses come out the other side of COVID-19 stronger and leaner.

Find out more.

Marketing through a crisis – how to maintain a connection with your audience

Wednesday 29 April

Wine Australia’s next free webinar will explore how to maintain a connection with your audience, and how marketing your way through a crisis can build your brand presence.

Find out more.

Issue 18 – 16 April 2020

Primary Industries Ministers’ Meeting

Last Thursday, Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers met via teleconference today to discuss COVID-19 issues impacting the agriculture sector. Ministers focused on implementing agricultural workforce mobility in line with the decisions taken by National Cabinet on 9 April. State and Territory Ministers agreed that work towards workforce mobility implementation will continue in their jurisdictions, with Minister Littleproud to prepare an update for National Cabinet at the end of this week. Ministers agreed to meet again next week.

Read the communique.

Updated Gatherings Direction

As of 10.00 am today, 16 April 2020, the Emergency Management Gatherings Direction was updated. The Direction now includes primary production in the list of exemptions. The restrictions do not include a gathering:

on land or a vessel used in the production or treatment of primary produce (within the meaning of the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) Act 2004) that is necessary for normal operations on the land or vessel.

It’s worth noting that these terms are defined broadly under the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) Act 2004). The definitions read as follows:

Primary produce is:

  1. an animal, plant or other organism, or part of an animal, plant or other organism, intended for consumption by humans or pets; or
  2. food produced in the production of primary produce.

Production of primary produce includes:

  1. the growing, raising, cultivation, picking, harvesting, collection or catching of primary produce;
  2. the sorting or grading of primary produce;
  3. the freezing, packing, refrigeration, storage, treating or washing of primary produce; (Note: 'treating' means:)
    • Enhancing the apearance of the produce, including waxing or oiling it
    • Dealing with the primary produce solely to kill bacteria or germs in the produce or to ripen it.
  4. the pasteurisation or homogenisation of milk, or manufacturing of other dairy produce;
  5. meat processing;
  6. the shucking of molluscs;
  7. the transportation, delivery or handling of primary produce;
  8. the sale of livestock at saleyards;
  9. any other activity prescribed by regulation.

Further information can be found on the SAPOL website or read the full updated COVID-19 Gatherings Direction.

Updated Cross Border Travel Direction

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 comes into effect at 11.59 pm tonight, 16 April 2020, and revokes the cross-border travel direction number 2. It has been updated to include new information about who qualifies as an essential traveller including active military and Defence Department personnel, health services, FIFO workers, and those who meet new compassionate grounds criteria.

There is no change to Parts 4, 5 or 7 of Schedule 1 – Essential Travellers which covers transport and freight services, those employed in the agriculture industry and cross border community members.

The notable change in the new directive is that FIFO workers (being an essential traveller) are not required to self-quarantine on return to South Australia, provided that their employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work.

Further information can be found on the SAPOL website or read the full updated COVID-19 Cross Border Travel Direction.

COVID-19 Testing Blitz

All South Australians with cold or flu symptoms will be able to access COVID-19 testing as part of a two-week testing blitz from 16 April to 30 April 2020. If you or anyone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, you can be tested for COVID-19 as part of the blitz. Low case numbers in recent days means SA Health have an opportunity and the capacity to test a broader section of the community.

Read more on how to access tests.

Coronavirus Hotline Expansion

The South Australian Government will expand the capacity of the coronavirus hotline with the training for 850 new call centre staff beginning this week. The additional call centre staff will enable the capacity of the centre to increase from 15 seats to 100 with the COVID-19 Information Line operating 7 days a week for 12 hours a day.

To contact the COVID-19 Information Line call 1800 253 787.

Read the Premier’s media release.

Issue 17 – 15 April 2020

Changes to restrictions for wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries

As of 11.00 am today, 15 April 2020, wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries are permitted to sell alcohol, food or other products on a take away basis from the premises. However, tastings of any kind are not permitted and consumption of any produce, alcohol or food is not permitted on site.

For more information see the SAPOL website or read the full updated COVID-19 Direction.

The new Direction now aligns wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries with restrictions currently in place for hotels, restaurants and similar businesses. It is important that all businesses ensure that social distancing rules are maintained, that the time spent on premises are kept to a minimum (just to conclude the transaction), transactions are contactless (where possible), and that the number of customers on premises are kept to a minimum. The 10 person gathering requirement and public density (i.e. 1 person per 4 square metres) still apply.

Export Assistance

Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia.

The new COVID-19 Export Capital Facility will target loans to established and previously profitable exporters who, due to COVID-19, are unable to gain finance from commercial sources.

For more information read the fact sheet or the media release from Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Update on Airfreight

All food exporters are encouraged to register on the Commonwealth website to access the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). The Commonwealth Government is currently in the process of selecting a national freight forwarder to deliver IFAM and an announcement is expected this week.

Exporters interested in a freight consolidation option out of Adelaide should contact Becky Houston, Market Development Manager, Department for Trade and Investment at becky.houston@sa.gov.au or 0407 734 052.

$10,000 payments for small SA businesses

A reminder that to access the South Australian Government’s one-off $10,000 emergency cash grants for small businesses and not-for-profits register your interest.

Applications for the grant will open shortly and be available until 1 June 2020. Businesses are urged to visit Growing South Australia for more information and conditions.

Read the Premier’s media release.

JobKeeper Payment

Also a reminder that under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over.

Read the fact sheet for eligibility and payment details.

  • Eligible businesses will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020 until 27 September 2020.
  • Self-employed or sole traders maybe eligible to receive JobKeeper Payment where they meet the relevant turnover test outlined in the fact sheet.
  • JobKeeper registration for businesses can be accessed on the ATO website.
  • See the Australian Government's Treasury website for more information on the JobKeeper payment.

Issue 16 – 14 April 2020

2020 Royal Adelaide Show cancelled

After extensive consideration the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA has cancelled the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show due to COVI9-19.

Read the announcement.

Fee relief for fishing industry

The South Australian Government will provide fee relief to the commercial seafood and charter boat sectors which have been significantly impacted as a result of coronavirus.

For 2020–21, the charter boat sector will have their annual fees waived for six months and the collection of all other commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors’ fees will be deferred for six months. Any outstanding 2019–20 fees for all sectors will also be deferred.

The next round of fees will not be collected until January 2021.

Read media release.

Clarification for brewery and winery restrictions

As of 0001 hours on the 10 April 2020 The Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 was revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. Further information can be found on the SAPOL website or their FAQ download.

Wineries (and associated cellar doors), and businesses which similarly draw local, interstate and international visitors have been the focus of these directions. These directions aim to remove the incentive for people to travel to and gather in these areas. On Friday 9 April, specific directions were given to two businesses in the Adelaide Hills requiring them to trade on the same basis as wineries and cellar doors. The purpose of these directions is to align these businesses with others in the Adelaide Hills reducing the risk that visitors will attend and potentially spread the virus.

Importantly, the direction and amendments do not stop production. The direction applies to all wineries, as well as cellar doors and restaurants located on winery land. These businesses must close to the public, but can continue production and sell alcohol online, in line with their licence conditions. However cellar door or retail outlets that are not based on winery land can continue to trade and sell takeaway food but cannot hold tastings.

Issue 15 – 9 April 2020

Industry updates now available on the PIRSA website

While I will continue to send daily industry updates via email, these will now also be available on the PIRSA website for easy reference the day after. All previous industry updates are now also available in this central location.

Australian Government JobKeeper payment

The Australian Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by COVID-19. Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the COVID-19 event has concluded.

The JobKeeper package includes:

  • Eligible businesses will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020. First payment in May (paid monthly and backdated to March).
  • $1,500 payment is taxable and employers are not required to pay the Superannuation Guarantee Charge. Employers must pay a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight to their employee to qualify (even employees who would typically earn less per fortnight).
  • The JobKeeper Payment is not income-tested for employees, so they may earn additional income from their current employer or additional employers, so long as they are eligible and maintain employment (including being stood down) with their JobKeeper-eligible employer.
  • JobKeeper registration for businesses can be accessed at the ATO.
  • Additional information on the JobKeeper payment.

As part of Business SA's Business Resilience Webinar Series, they are running a free JobKeeper Payments Webinar on Wednesday 15 April from 9.30 am – 10.15 am. Register for the webinar.

Small SA businesses to receive $10,000 payments

The South Australian Government has announced it will provide one-off, $10,000 emergency cash grants to small businesses and not-for-profits across the state that have suffered a significant loss of income or been forced to close as a result of coronavirus-related restrictions. For more information, conditions and to register your interest, businesses are urged to visit Growing South Australia on the SA Treasury website.

Applications for the grant will open shortly and be available until 1 June 2020.

Read the Premier’s media release.

Additional air freight capacity available for Australian exporters

To support Australian exporters, Qantas and Virgin Australia are offering air freight capacity on repatriation international passenger services to Auckland, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and London, from Thursday 9 April 2020.

While these services are limited, this will give Australian producers a way to obtain valuable inputs for their businesses. The return flights to Australia will bring in vital medicines, medical supplies and equipment to support Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The best way to access these flights is to utilise your standard freight operations channels, including your freight forwarder.

For more information on the repatriation flights including schedules, visit:

Austrade COVID-19 resources

See the Australian Trade and and Investment Commision website for more export and trade information, resources, insights, webinars and updates.

Travelling in Vehicles

In response to the question: Can workers in the primary industries sector be transported in the same vehicle? The following advice has been received.

  • Yes. Primary industries are an essential service and where it is necessary to transport workers by vehicle businesses can continue to do so.
  • However, it is recommended that workers travelling by vehicle be limited to ensure social distancing of 1.5m can be maintained.
  • Employers should ensure there is adequate space between passengers, for example 2 people in a typical sedan would ensure social distancing can be practiced.
  • Ensure that fresh air is circulated in the vehicle for the duration of the journey.
  • The inside of vehicles should be regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected, paying particular attention to frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid anyone presenting for work when sick or who has been in close contact with someone who is sick.
  • We encourage everyone to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser.
  • This information may change frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/.

For companies experiencing shortages of PPE

Please register your shortage on the national Industry Capability Network portal. This portal is being used to connect organisations experiencing PPE shortages with suppliers, both Australian manufacturers gearing up to produce PPE as well as offshore capability.

Once registered, an ICN consultant will be in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and can conduct investigations across the national network. If there is the ability to aggregate demand, referrals can be made to companies able to deliver bulk orders.

Read more about the ICN COVID-19 response.

Stay Home this Easter!

While we all like to get away over Easter and the school holidays, now is not the time to be travelling – especially to our regions.

Stay home and stop the spread. Do it for your family, friends and for all South Australians. Watch the South Australian Chief Public Health Officer’s Easter message.

If you need something to watch this weekend, then check out the South Australian Tourism Commission’s new online platform SATV, which showcases businesses that are adapting and innovating during COVID-19.

Issue 14 – 8 April 2020

Information current as at 8 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Deadline extended for SA Wine Industry Development Scheme grants

The deadline to apply for the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme has been extended to 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020. South Australia’s winemakers and grape growers will benefit from a $1 million funding package to develop capability, grow competitiveness and productivity, and increase profitability through technology and innovation.

Learn more, check eligibility, or apply for a grant.

Waiving of liquor licence fees for 2020–21

The South Australian Government will provide a waiver of annual liquor licensing fees for 2020-21 for the following liquor licence categories:

  • On premises
  • Residential
  • Restaurant and Catering
  • Club Liquor Production and Sales
  • Small Venue

More information, applicable licencees and conditions.

Visitor Economy – Small Business Support Program

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has established a Tourism Response Portal to assist the state’s visitor economy and tourism sectors.

The portal outlines grants, support programs, online learning and other initiatives to support the tourism sectors through COVID-19.

‘We Stand United, Apart’ Campaign

The South Australian Government has launched a new COVID-19 public information campaign ‘We Stand United. Apart'.

Watch the television adverisement.

Support for landlords and tenants

The South Australian Government has proposed some initiatives aimed at helping residential tenants and landlords whose incomes have been affected by COVID-19. View the Consumer and Business Services website for more information.

Advice for Associations

Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions in place on public gatherings, some associations may find it difficult to comply with the legislative requirement around holding Annual General Meetings.

Read the advice for associations.

Employment Relations Podcast

Piper Alderman has developed a podcast which provides an update on particular employment law issues that arise out of the present COVID-19 pandemic.Things are moving rapidly, and what was normal practice just two weeks ago, seems very different.

Listen to the podcast or visit their COVID-19 Resource Hub.

Issue 13 – 7 April 2020

Information current as at 7 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

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.

Read the media release.

SA Premier announces $1.6million Funding Boost to help the vulnerable

Ensuring vulnerable South Australians have food on the table, can pay their bills and have access to financial counselling services is the focus of a $1.6 million State Government funding boost targeted at helping those most in need at this unprecedented time.

Read the Premier’s media release.

Navigating Your Business Through The COVID-19 Pandemic

Business SA has partnered with the South Australian Small Business Commissioner to help SMEs navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic, take practical actions and build strategies to become more resilient against current and future threats to their businesses and marketplace. See the Business SA webinar for SMEs to assist them in working through the threats to their businesses.

There are also a range of other webinars and resources available to support small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis on the Department for Innovation and Skills website.

Wine Australia will be hosting a Crisis Recovery webinar next Thursday 16 April from 12.00pm to 1.00pm - Crisis recovery and preparing for the ‘new reality’ with guest speaker Chris Savage, The Savage Company. Register for free.

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.

Issue 12 – 6 April 2020

Information current as at 6 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Food products and beverages from wineries and cellar doors

We have sought clarity regarding the Directive for Non-Essential Business and Other Activities relating to wineries and cellar doors.

Food products and beverages, including things like jars of olives, salts, sauces, jams etc. can be sold by a winery as long as they are not picked up by the consumer at the winery or cellar door, and not consumed on premises. Online and telephone sales of these products can continue provided the delivery is made to the purchaser through a winery representative or a commercial courier service.

Close contact information required by Communicable Disease Control Branch for a positive COVID-19 case

Further to the enquiry at the industry leaders meeting today, here is an extract from our website. (This can be found under ‘Dealing with staff who are ill, waiting for a test result or tested positive’).

Rapidly trace close contacts

Work with local public health authorities to rapidly trace any close contact of the infected employee to minimise further risk of spread. Prompt tracing of close contacts is essential to minimise any disruption to production.

What is the definition of a close contact in a food business?

A close contact may be defined as one or both of the following: Anyone who has been within 1.5 metres of the infected employee for at least 2 hours at any time in the 24 hours before that employee first experienced symptoms.

An employee who has had face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes. This type of contact may also occur in a lunchroom, small kitchen space, or other environment (e.g. separate to a production room floor).

Guideline to help the food and beverage industry prepare for and manage COVID-19

A reminder that Food South Australia has produced a guideline to help the food and beverage industry prepare for and manage COVID-19, based on the Australian Chicken Meat Federation guideline. SA Health has agreed that this guideline is in line with current national COVID health information to help minimise risk to a business and its workforce.

Travel restrictions for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The Australian Government has restricted travel into remote communities to help protect people from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a requirement and declaration made by the Commonwealth Minister for Health under the Commonwealth’s Biosecurity Act 2015.

Restrictions currently apply to areas on which the following South Australian communities are located:

  • Davenport (near Port Augusta)
  • Dunjiba (designated ALT land on the outskirts of Oodnadatta)
  • Gerard (Riverland)
  • Point Pearce (Yorke Peninsula)
  • Yalata Community (Far West Coast)
  • Yarilena Community (outside Ceduna)

Movement into Nepabunna (excluding Iga Wata), Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara and Maralinga Tjarutja are also restricted.

For further information, read the Designated fact sheet.

Flu Immunisation

SA Health is urging everyone to get their seasonal flu immunisation. The flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but will help keep people healthier so less susceptible to illness, and may reduce the burden that the flu has on the health system. Read more about the 2020 Influenza Immunisation Program.

For those of you with children, SA Health has also released a coronavirus booklet for children.

Issue 11 – 5 April 2020

Information current as at 5 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Supporting the agriculture workforce during COVID-19

The Commonwealth Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19. The changes will allow those within the Pacific Labour Scheme, Seasonal Worker Program and working holiday makers to continue to work in agriculture and food processing until the coronavirus crisis has passed.

Key Facts

  • Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme workers can extend their stay for up to 12 months to work for approved employers (ensuring pastoral care and accommodation needs of workers are met to minimise health risks to visa holders and the community).
  • Approved employers under the Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme will need to continue engaging with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on labour market testing to ensure recruitment of Australians first.
  • Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) who work in agriculture or food processing will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.
  • Conditions will be placed upon visa holders to self-isolate for 14 days before taking up employment in a different region (including termination of visas where there is non-compliance).
  • To support implementation of self-isolation arrangements for visa holders and avoid spread of COVID-19 the government is working with states and territories on enforcement and sanction mechanisms.
  • Employers will need to commit to providing safe accommodation for agricultural workers that complies with social distancing requirements.
  • Arrangement will also need to be in place for a declaration between employers and employees that all protocols necessary to ensure human health and accommodation requirements have been met.

Self-isolation and quarantine requirements for seasonal workers coming to South Australia

Anyone entering South Australia to undertake seasonal work must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. This applies regardless of whether they have already spent 14 days in quarantine in another state or territory.

Self-isolation and quarantine advice

SA Police (SAPOL) will be undertaking periodic checks on people who have returned from overseas or interstate to ensure they are complying with the mandatory 14 days of self-quarantine. Anyone who does not comply faces a maximum penalty of $20,000 for individuals and a maximum penalty of $75,000 for a company.

Agriculture Minister’s Teleconference

As you know, Agriculture Ministers are holding teleconferences regularly to share issues and information nationally. The last meeting was held on Friday 3 April and the communique is available.

Premier asks all South Australians to please stay home this Easter

“This Easter, my message cannot be any clearer, I am asking all South Australians to please stay home…Now is simply not the right time to be taking a holiday in regional South Australia, it’s a time to stay home, in your family or household groups…So as we head towards the traditional Easter break, school holidays and even your weekend trips, we ask you to just put your plans on hold. Do it for your family and loved ones, and for all South Australians. The sooner we limit the spread, the sooner life can return to normal. Then, we can start to plan ahead for our much over-due holidays. Our regions will be there to welcome you with open arms.”

Read the complete statement.

Issue 10 – 3 April 2020

Information current as at 3 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Update to ‘What happens to my business if an employee has tested positive for COVID-19’?

SA Health has advised us today that the guideline provided yesterday required an update. Please find the updated version attached. The change relates to the section that deals with positive cases needing clearance.

Recreational Fishing

In response to enquiries relating to recreational fishing and boating, the PIRSA Portal has been updated to include specific information about what is permitted provided to us by the Public Information Office. This information reflects the message to all of us to minimise travel and social interactions as we all play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping up to date with Directions

Just a reminder that to keep up to date with any new Directions issued by the State Controller a dedicated website has been set up. This COVID-19 Primary Industries Portal also has a link to the Emergency Declarations and Directions website.

Issue 9 – 2 April 2020

Information current as at 2 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

New look PIRSA COVID-19 hub

To keep you updated on COVID-19 information relevant to the primary industries portfolio, a user friendly hub has been developed to replace the existing PIRSA web page. The new design is intended to make it easier to find and access information. We will be adding to this when new information is available. Your feedback is welcome.

What happens to my business if an employee has tested positive for COVID-19?

SA Health has provided the attached guideline for a food business that has a worker test positive for COVID-19.

This is general advice, not primary industries specific, but outlines actions for businesses to take in response to a positive test result by an employee, contractor or volunteer. It includes the contact details of the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) of SA Health who must be advised of the positive case.

Phone: 1300 232 272
Email: HealthCommunicableDiseases@sa.gov.au

A business must work with CDCB to rapidly trace any close contacts of an infected person to minimise further risk of spread.  Also prompt tracing of close contacts is essential to minimise any disruption to production. This highlights the need to have the following information about your employees ready to make available to CDCB.

  • A detailed list of personnel and contact information for each area / section and different shifts (if there are multiple shifts)
  • Also previous rosters showing where and with whom the positive case may have been and who they would have had contact
  • Level of contact for each person on the list (close or casual as defined below), with the positive case (eg. 15mins face to face, 2hrs in shared space).

Close contact

Close contact is where a person has more than 15 minutes face-to face contact with a confirmed case in the period extending from 24 hours before onset of symptoms; or sharing of an enclosed space for more than 2 hours with a confirmed case, in the period extending from 24 hours before onset of symptoms.  Where there has been close contact, the health authorities require 14 days of self-isolation.

Casual contact

Casual contact is where a person has less than 15 minutes face-to face contact with a symptomatic confirmed case, or shared a closed space for less than two hours with a symptomatic confirmed case. Where there has been casual contact, self-isolation is not required. Rather people should continue to self-monitor and otherwise follow the general advice of health authorities.

SA.GOV.AU Dashboard

A COVID-19 Dashboard is online. The Dashboard provides information about the spread of COVID-19 in the state, as well as information about preventative measures being taken and the latest advice for members of the public. It is updated daily at 2pm.

Securing freight access for Australia agricultural and fisheries exporters

As reported yesterday, a new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.  The aim is to help restore key freight routes for farmers until commercial capacity can be restored again.

Read the media release.

Read the fact sheet.

Securing freight access – SA input – Department for Trade and Investment

As well as registering your company on the Commonwealth website to be listed for the Federal freight initiative, DTI is currently gathering information from businesses regarding demand projected for the next 3 months. The new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them freight move.

Please note other businesses can contact DTI through:

Becky Houston
Manager, Market Development
Food, Wine and Agriculture Division
Department for Trade and Investment
M+61 (0) 407 734 052
Becky.Houston@sa.gov.au

Justin Ross
Director, Strategy, Policy and Analytics
Department for Trade and Investment
M+61 (0) 401 715 910
Justin.ross@sa.gov.au

Issue 8 – 1 April 2020

Information current as at 1 April 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Securing freight access for Australia agricultural and fisheries exporters

A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.  The aim is to help restore key freight routes for farmers until commercial capacity can be restored again.

Read the media release.

Read the fact sheet.

Industry taskforce to help keep our exports moving

Supporting South Australian exporters throughout the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 will be the focus of a new expert industry taskforce. The Export Recovery Taskforce will work to identify impacts across export sectors and to coordinate government intervention and support for affected businesses.

The Taskforce consists of representatives from key freight organisations such as the SA Freight Council and Adelaide Airports and seeks input from air, sea and freight businesses, as well as exporters with a particular focus on fresh food.

Read the media release.

Issue 7 – 31 March 2020

Information current as at 31 March 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Further clarification of self-isolation boundary for primary producers

If you are a primary producer and have been ordered to self-isolate, you must remain within the boundaries of your property and not have direct contact with other people. Essential travel within and between land parcels is acceptable, provided you do not have any contact with staff/contractors and visitors (e.g. stay in your vehicle with windows closed to allow contractors or deliveries to enter the property via a gate.) If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you must not travel outside the boundaries of your main property except to seek testing for COVID-19 or for urgent medical care.

Travelling in vehicles

In response to the question: Can workers in the primary industries sector be transported in the same vehicle? The following advice has been received.

  • Yes. Primary industries are an essential service and where it is necessary to transport workers by vehicle businesses can continue to do so.
  • However, it is recommended that workers travelling by vehicle be limited to ensure social distancing of 1.5m can be maintained.
  • Employers should ensure there is adequate space between passengers, for example 2 people in a typical sedan would ensure social distancing can be practiced.
  • Ensure that fresh air is circulated in the vehicle for the duration of the journey.
  • The inside of vehicles should be regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected, paying particular attention to frequently touched surfaces. Information on cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19 is available.
  • We encourage everyone to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser.
  • This information may change frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

JobKeeper Package

The Commonwealth has announced its JobKeeper Package. This has 2 components the:

Job Keeper Payment for employers and employees to enable businesses to continue to pay their employees. This temporary scheme is also available to the self-employed.

JobKeeper Payment for sole traders. Sole traders are described as a business structure where the individual owner is legally responsible for all aspects of the business including any debts and losses and day-to-day business decisions. A sole trader may or may not employ other people in their business.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply information is available on each of these pages.

Social Distancing

On 27 March 2020, the State Coordinator issued the latest directive on Gatherings. Emergency Management (Gatherings) (COVID-19) Direction 2020  (731.6 KB PDF)

  • In this directive, the requirement is that the total number of persons present in a gathering of 10 people or less must not exceed one person per 4 square metres. This does not include a gathering at an office building, factory, mining site or construction site that is necessary for the normal operations of those premises.
  • However, any such gathering must use their best endeavours to comply with the social distancing principles. The social distancing principles require a person to attempt to maintain a space of at least 1.5 metres between themselves and each other person present in the same place.
  • Therefore, a factory production line or grading line must attempt to adhere to the 1.5m social distancing requirements.
  • Social distancing measures will ensure employees are reducing their likelihood to be exposed to the virus, which in turn will limit the risk to the food supply chain.
  • Changes to limit contact between workers will be effective in slowing down the spread of novel coronavirus and reduce the impact on businesses that have a staff member positive for COVID-19. For further information, follow the advice from SA Health and SafeWork SA for social distancing and density in the workplace. You can also find further information from the PIRSA website. There is also a COVID-19 Hotline for further information: 1800 253 787.

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

SA Health has launched a new 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.

Food South Australia Online Market

Food SA has launched an Online Marketplace to help consumers find local food and beverage supplies online.  Live from today, the portal is available both through the Food SA and Eat Local SA websites, connecting South Australians to a range of products available for delivery. See Food SA’s media release.

Issue 6 – 30 March 2020

Information current as at 30 March 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Cellar doors

  • SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has issued a new directive on non-essential businesses which impacts cellar doors.
  • SAPOL media release
  • Under this Directive, as of Midnight on 30 March 2020, all cellar doors and restaurants located at wineries must close. All take-away sales from wineries or restaurants located at wineries are banned. Direct consumers are banned from picking up any liquor orders from the winery.
  • Online and telephone sales and sales to retail outlets can continue with delivery by the business or a commercial transport service.
  • The new Directive is available.

Limits on gathering

  • There has been no change to the 10 person gathering rules in South Australia today.
  • As discussed at today’s teleconference, the Commissioner for Police has advised PIRSA that instances such as vineyards picking grapes where there are teams of greater than 10 persons is acceptable, as long as they are not congregating in violation of the 4 square metres per person in groups. We will continue to work with SAPOL to have this better reflected in the Directive.

Industry Advice

  • Food South Australia has produced a guideline to help the food and beverage industry prepare for and manage COVID-19, based on the Australian Chicken Meat Federation guideline. SA Health has agreed that this guideline is in line with current national COVID health information to help minimise risk to a business and its workforce.
  • SA Health will be providing further information on dealing with a COVID positive employee as soon as its available. In the meantime, please refer to information on the PIRSA website - in particular:
    • Increase time between shifts or service periods (e.g. breakfast and lunch; day/night shifts). This will minimise staff interaction and allow more time for increased cleaning.
    • Limit the number of people in contact on a production floor or kitchen, where possible.
    • In production areas or within staff teams, have the same people stand or work next to one another each day. This will limit the spread of novel coronavirus between staff should infection occur.
    • Minimise the overlapping of shifts/rosters as much as possible.
    • Review customer entry points and interaction to optimise social distancing.
      Use customer control methods to meet social distancing requirements, e.g. a ticket system to control entry into the shop. Place signs near the ticketing system that explain customers should wait in line and maintain at least two metres between each other.
    • Review staff roles and points of contact
    • Restrict face-to-face meetings as much as possible. Keep any meeting to less than 15 minutes.
    • Identify what roles or areas within a business may be able to work from home or away from other staff.
    • Avoid staff congregating in carparks or other common areas after their shift.

Advice re managing contractors

  • Businesses employing contractors have the right to refuse entry to anyone displaying symptoms such as fever or coughing. Businesses can also seek assurances from contractors prior to allowing them to enter their property
  • that they have had no contact in the last 14 days with anyone tested covid-19 positive;  or
  • that they have not travelled overseas within the last 14 days.

More information for business and industry.

Agriculture Minister’s Teleconference

You may be aware that Agriculture Ministers are holding teleconferences regularly to share issues and information nationally. The last meeting was held on Friday 27 March and the communique is available.

Issue 5 – 27 March 2020

Information current as at 27 March 2020.

1 This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Further Advice from SA Health for primary producers who are required to self-isolate / quarantine

If you are a primary producer and have been ordered to self-isolate / quarantine, you must remain within the boundaries of your property and not have direct contact with other people. For further information, visit SA Health.

South Australian Jobs Rescue Package – more details

More information on the South Australian Jobs Rescue Package, including the two Funds, can be found on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

This page provides information on the two new funds that have been established to support business, jobs and community organisations. The top priority for the funds is the ongoing survival of entities and minimising job losses. The link for queries and submissions is provided on this page with advice that submissions should highlight the impacts of COVID-19 through loss of income and other impacts.

The Government is also working on arrangements to support displaced workers finding alternative employment with further details to be announced soon.

Agriculture saleyards and auctions

Minister Littleproud has released a statement today confirming that livestock saleyards and wool auctions are able to continue in compliance with strict social distancing and hygiene practices.

FarmHub

The National Farmers Federation has advised that the FarmHub has launched three dedicated pages to help our farming community access relevant information in one central location. The new additions aim to provide users with:

Other useful links

Issue 4 – 26 March 2020

Information current as at 26 March 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

PIRSA COVID-19 webpage

As discussed today, PIRSA has completed a webpage for COVID-19 which is available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/covid19. We appreciate that there is lots of information out there at the national and state level, so hopefully this will assist you in accessing the information you need – easily. Any feedback welcomed.

The design will be modified in the next day or so to become a user friendly information hub and content will be updated as new information becomes available. As mentioned today, if you have any useful links or resources please send them to me.

The portal currently contains:

  • COVID-19 Hotline 1800 253 787
  • Latest updates and announcements (including the Premier’s announcement today regarding the $650m Jobs Rescue Package)
  • Border closure information
  • Business support information and links
  • Food and Agribusiness information including:
    • Food safety
    • Protecting my workforce
    • Dealing with customers who are ill or staff waiting on a test result
    • High level information on what to do if an employee is positive
  • Animal health risks
  • Visa extensions
  • Livestock auctions
  • Mental health support
  • Other resources.

Issue 3 – 25 March 2020

Information current as at 25 March 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Clarification of border controls – advice to essential travellers

SAPOL has posted extra information on the essential travellers exemption to border controls.

This advice is clear that there is no application process for exemptions and no permit system. A self-assessment process applies. Persons entering South Australia may be stopped by police at checkpoints and Essential Travellers will be required to provide evidence of their status. If they are unable to provide evidence they will be directed to self-quarantine.

Media release from Minister Littleproud

A statement was released by Minister Littleproud today.

Included in this statement are quotes from the Minister:

  • “The Commonwealth is guaranteeing food production and supply as we deal with the virus’s spread”
  • “Maintaining food production, access to workers, agricultural supply lines, transportation and logistics is absolutely critical and will not be affected by any of the measures aimed at curbing the virus’s spread.”

Useful links and contact numbers

FAQs

We are just finalising FAQs based on the many queries we are receiving and will have them available for your tomorrow.

Issue 2 – 24 March 2020

Information current as at 24 March 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Cross Boarder Travel Direction for SA

Read the Direction issued by the State Controller, Commissioner Grant Stevens today on travel into South Australia.

The direction includes a definition of ‘essential travellers’. This includes:

  • ‘Transport and Freight Services’ which are described as any person who in the conduct of duties is providing transport or freight services into, within, and out of SA.
  • ‘Skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses’ with a description including a person who is employed or engaged in agricultural or primary industries that requires the person to be physically present in South Australia.
  • ‘Cross border community members’ which is defined as a person who is ordinarily resident at or near a SA border and who in the ordinary course of their occupation, education or daily life, has reasonable cause to travel across that border.

At this stage, all inquiries regarding exemptions are to go to SA Police.

Phone: 1300 232 272
Email: sacovid19exemptions@sa.gov.au

Direction on closure of non-essential businesses

The Commissioner has also issued a direction on non-essential business (and other gatherings) closure. The approach being taken at the moment is to close businesses that are considered non-essential rather than define essential business.

Cellar doors

Take-away sale of beverages is permitted.

This includes take-away sale and pick up of liquor from the licenced premises, including cellar door, to the extent this is permitted by the liquor licence.

It is important that licensees ensure that social distancing is maintained, that the time spent on premises are kept to a minimum (just to conclude the transaction) and that the number of customers on premises are kept to a minimum.

Translated information

The Australian Government Health Dept. website has a range of COVID-19 fact sheets in international language translations.

The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications. If there are any missing that you need for your business, we can organise this through SA Health.

Issue 1 – 23 March 2020

Information current as at 23 March 2020.

This information changes frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check the SA Government's website.

Border closures

In relation to border closures we are seeking clarity on some of the specific questions you have raised but can advise that the Premier’s media release states:

  • ‘The measures will include exemptions for essential travel to maintain health, the food supply chain, and the State’s economic needs.’
  • ‘Exemptions will apply for essential transport including health and medical supplies, and health personnel and patients, food and commercial supply chains (ie carrying of goods), health workers, near border interactions, travel of a relative/carer of a dependent individual, and for emergency services.’

Business support

The Business SA COVID-19 business and information and support page has support information under the following sections:

  • Economic response package
  • Managing your business through crisis
  • Supporting staff
  • Exports and imports
  • Practical advice and tips.

Food standards

The latest Food Standards Australia New Zealand advice has answers to questions including:

  • Can the virus be transmitted through food?
  • How do I prevent people in my business transmitting the virus?
  • Is soap and water enough for washing hands?
  • How do I properly clean and sanitise my equipment and facilities?
  • What if someone in my business is unwell?
  • Hand sanitiser and mask suppliers list. We understand supplies are limited. Please refer to FSANZ advice above regarding hygiene practices.

Hand sanitiser suppliers

Face mask suppliers

Key messages

COVID-19 and agriculture key messages for your industry sectors (attached). Note, we will continue to update.

Impact on agriculture in South Australia

  • The importance of the local food, wine and agribusiness sector has been emphasised in recent days for its contribution to domestic supply of food, beverages and paper products.
  • We are in the fortunate situation that Australia produces enough food for 75 million people.
  • South Australia has an even greater surplus of food, producing over five times the volume of food consumed locally.
  • Additionally food, wine and agribusiness is a major source of jobs in South Australia, employing over 115,000 people directly and through the supply chain. It is also South Australia’s largest export sector.
  • COVID19 has had a number of impacts on the markets for SA food and beverage products.
  • In local markets, demand for staple products such as mincemeat and pasta have increased.
  • There has been a significant downturn in consumption away from home, with serious impacts on restaurants and café businesses and their staff, and also subsequent decline for some products that are typically sold through these channels, such as oysters.
  • To date, while there have been concerns around availability of products on supermarket shelves, production and supply chains have continued to operate.
  • A number of SA food and beverage export products were impacted from January with decreased demand in China for a range of products including seafood and wine. There have also been some disruption to global trade due to decreased business activity.
  • The farming sector has received strong support from the community over recent times, through the extended period of drought and the recent bushfires.
  • This support has been greatly appreciated and the sector recognises the important role it can now play in meeting the current local demand during this time of uncertainty.
  • Meat is safe to eat – you cannot contract COVID-19 by eating meat, making contact with livestock or livestock products.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that livestock, such as chickens, pigs, cows, can transmit coronavirus from animals to humans through contact or consumption.
  • Australian meat sold for human consumption must pass through necessary quality checks ensuring safety for its consumers.
  • However, please ensure that you follow standard food safety practices when cooking meat.
  • South Australia’s livestock industries produce large volumes of food to support both export and domestic markets.
  • The volume of production through abattoirs and other processors (e.g. dairy) is significant, and these industries are essential to the food supply chain and food security.
  • The ability to continue production is also essential to maintaining business continuity and high standard of animal welfare.
  • Agricultural businesses are actively:
    • ensuring hygiene and disinfection standards meet the guidelines provided by the Department of Health regarding COVID-19.
    • increasing their biosecurity standards, and
    • undertaking workforce planning to ensure skilled operators are available.
  • This will ensure that food supply for Australians is continued at a high safety standard.
  • Many Australian production systems rely on imported chemicals.
  • Grain and horticulture producers are encouraged to talk to their local supplier about their seasonal chemical supply requirements.

Food safety and meat consumption

  • Meat is safe to eat – you cannot contract COVID-19 by eating meat, making contact with livestock or livestock products.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that livestock, such as chickens, pigs, cows, can transmit coronavirus from animals to humans through contact or consumption.
  • Australian meat sold for human consumption must pass through necessary quality checks ensuring safety for its consumers.
  • However, please ensure that you follow standard food safety practices when cooking meat.

Livestock industries

  • South Australia’s livestock industries produce large volumes of food to support both export and domestic markets.
  • The volume of production through abattoirs and other processors (e.g. dairy) is significant, and these industries are essential to the food supply chain and food security.
  • The ability to continue production is also essential to maintaining business continuity and high standard of animal welfare.
  • Agricultural businesses are actively:
    • ensuring hygiene and disinfection standards meet the guidelines provided by the Department of Health regarding COVID-19.
    • increasing their biosecurity standards, and
    • undertaking workforce planning to ensure skilled operators are available.
  • This will ensure that food supply for Australians is continued at a high safety standard.

Chemicals

  • Many Australian production systems rely on imported chemicals.
  • Grain and horticulture producers are encouraged to talk to their local supplier about their seasonal chemical supply requirements.

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