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 43 – 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Leveraging technology in crisis response

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Tuesday 26 May
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Building long-term business resilience: bugets, business structure, farm management, succession planning

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Tuesday 26 May
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Growers as innovators virtual workshop

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Tuesday 26 May
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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

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Tuesday 26 May
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Managing business disruption

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Tuesday 26 May
Thursday 28 May
Monday 1 June
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Running a business in the new normal – COVID-19

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Wednesday 27 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

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Thursday 28 May
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Managing people during and our of the COVID-19 crisis

Presented by The Polaris Centre
Thursday 28 May
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Driving your business forward through virtual tastings

Presented by DTI and Wine Communicators of Australia
Monday 1 June
Wednesday 3 June
Friday 5 June 
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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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Customers centricity during and beyond COVID-19

Presented by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.
Friday 22 May
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Reinvigorating Business

Providing practical frameworks and leadership thinking tools to re-assess and re-imagine how your business can work.
Presented by Food Innovation Australia.
Friday 22 May
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Unburdening your business from COVID-19

Presented by Business SA
Monday 25 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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Managing business disruption

Presented by Rural Business Support
Tuesday 26 May
Thursday 28 May
Monday 1 June
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Running a business in the new normal – COVID-19

Presented by Business SA
Wednesday 27 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 28 May
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Driving your business forward through virtual tastings

Presented by DTI and Wine Communicators of Australia
Monday 1 June
Wednesday 3 June
Friday 5 June 
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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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Unleash your virtual leader genius during COVID-19

Presented by American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham).
Thursday 21 May
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Elders Presents: AgTech Virtual Series

Featuring experts in AgTech and Livestock, including Farmbot, PIRSA, Thomas Elder Consulting (TEC) and more.
Thursday 21 May
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COVID-19 – Financial Considerations for NFP Survival

Presented by Australian Institute of Company Directors
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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Reinvigorating Business

Providing practical frameworks and leadership thinking tools to re-assess and re-imagine how your business can work.
Presented by Food Innovation 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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 28 May
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Driving your business forward through virtual tastings

Presented by DTI and Wine Communicators of Australia
Monday 1 June
Wednesday 3 June
Friday 5 June 
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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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Brining your staff back after COVID-19

Presented by Business SA
Wednesday 20 May
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Consumer wine consumption behaviour during and post-COVID-19 in Australia, UK and the USA

Presented by Wine Australia
Wednesday 20 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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COVID-19 – Financial Considerations for NFP Survival

Presented by Australian Institute of Company Directors
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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Reinvigorating Business

Providing practical frameworks and leadership thinking tools to re-assess and re-imagine how your business can work.
Presented by Food Innovation 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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 28 May
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Driving your business forward through virtual tastings

Presented by DTI and Wine Communicators of Australia
Monday 1 June
Wednesday 3 June
Friday 5 June 
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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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

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

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 May
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Brining your staff back after COVID-19

Presented by Business SA
Wednesday 20 May
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Consumer wine consumption behaviour during and post-COVID-19 in Australia, UK and the USA

Presented by Wine Australia
Wednesday 20 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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COVID-19 – Financial Considerations for NFP Survival

Presented by Australian Institute of Company Directors
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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
Thursday 28 May
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Driving your business forward through virtual tastings

Presented by DTI and Wine Communicators of Australia
Monday 1 June
Wednesday 3 June
Friday 5 June 
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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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Global in-market updates: Greater China and Hong Kong

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Friday15 May
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Tourism Australia weekly webinar on the coronavirus

Friday 15 May
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Watch past webinars

Marketing your way back from COVID-19

Presented by Business SA.
Monday 18 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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Brining your staff back after COVID-19

Presented by Business SA
Wednesday 20 May
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Consumer wine consumption behaviour during and post-COVID-19 in Australia, UK and the USA

Presented by Wine Australia
Wednesday 20 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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COVID-19 – Financial Considerations for NFP Survival

Presented by Australian Institute of Company Directors
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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

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

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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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Global in-market updates: Greater China and Hong Kong

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Friday15 May
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Tourism Australia weekly webinar on the coronavirus

Friday 15 May
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Watch past webinars

Marketing your way back from COVID-19

Presented by Business SA.
Monday 18 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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Brining your staff back after COVID-19

Presented by Business SA
Wednesday 20 May
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Consumer wine consumption behaviour during and post-COVID-19 in Australia, UK and the USA

Presented by Wine Australia
Wednesday 20 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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Transitioning your business out of COVID-19

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Wednesday 13 May
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Tourism businesses prepare to re-open

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Wednesday 13 May
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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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Global in-market updates: Greater China and Hong Kong

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Friday15 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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
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 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.

Upcoming Webinars

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
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Global in-market updates: Japan

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Tuesday 12 May
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Transitioning your business out of COVID-19

Presented by Business SA.
Wednesday 13 May
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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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Global in-market updates: Greater China and Hong Kong

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Friday15 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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
Tuesday 26 May
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Supply Chains and Global Trade: Where to now?

Presented by CEDA.
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 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.

Read more information and register.

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.

Read more information.

Upcoming Webinars

South Australian businesses innovating through COVID-19

Presented by Women in Innovation SA.
Monday 11 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
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Global in-market updates: India

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Monday 11 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)

Global in-market updates: Japan

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Tuesday 12 May
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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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Global in-market updates: Greater China and Hong Kong

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment.
Friday15 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
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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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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Online Webinar

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission and TiCSA.
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 
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
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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
Register

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

Presented by Department for Trade and Investment, and Ai Group.
Monday 4 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
Register

The role and opportunities of tourism in a post COVID World

Presented by Rural Aid.
Tuesday 19 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 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
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 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
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)

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
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 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
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 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
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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
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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
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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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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.

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

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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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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
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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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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
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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 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.

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

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Wednesday 29 April
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COVID-19 Economic Impact Update

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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

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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

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Wednesday 29 April
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COVID-19 Economic Impact Update

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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 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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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