VIC – SA BORDER

Highlights for Shearing Industry Employers

  • Agriculture (Shearing Workers) have been exempted from the previous announcement to revoke Vic-SA Community Border permits (40Km region).
  • For clarity, Shearing Industry workers can continue to work both sides of the SA-Vic Border, same as the previous arrangement (up to 21 August)

Read the information below for full details:

‘Cross Border Travel No 12’ – Information Bulletin’

Please see new information in effect from Thursday 20 August 2020.

Cross Border Community members on the Victorian/South Australian Border

Changes have been made to the Cross-Border Travel Directive to clarify the definition of a Cross-Border Community Member travelling into Victoria from South Australia or from Victoria and into South Australia.

The New South Wales Cross Border Community Member arrangements remain unchanged.

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 12) comes into effect at 12:01am on Friday 21 August 2020. The Cross-Border Community Member exemption category for travelers who are ordinarily resident in South Australia at, or near, a South Australian border, or are ordinarily resident in Victoria within 40 km of a South Australian border, will only apply to those:

  • undertaking agriculture or primary industry work,
  • undertaking year 11 or 12 education at a secondary school, or
  • transporting by private vehicle a person undertaking year 11 or 12 to or from their school.

Upon entry to SA, a Cross-Border Community Member must be able to produce, on request, evidence of a COVID-19 test in the last 7 days.

A person who is ordinarily resident in Victoria can enter South Australia for agriculture or primary industry work, but must not travel further than 40 km into South Australia from the location at which they enter. A South Australian resident that travels further than 40km into Victoria to complete agriculture or primary industry work cannot travel under the Cross-Border Community Member exemption and must apply under a different exemption category.

A Victorian resident must not stop in a township or built up area in SA and must not remain in SA for any other purpose other than to undertake agriculture or primary industry work. A Victorian resident must also wear a surgical face mask (covering mouth and nose) while undertaking work if they cannot maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.

Similarly, an SA resident must not stop in a township or built up area in Victoria and must not remain in Victoria for any other purpose other than to undertake agriculture or primary industry work. An SA resident must also wear a surgical face mask (covering mouth and nose) while undertaking work if they cannot maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.

SAPOL have advised for Cross Border Community Members at the South Australian / Victorian border with an approved travel status do not need to apply for a new approval if they are:

  • undertaking year 11 or 12 high school education at a secondary school
  • transporting by private vehicle a person who is undertaking year 11 or year 12 high school education
  • agricultural/primary industry workers with property close to the SA/VIC border.

Persons wishing to enter South Australia from Victoria that do not meet the above criteria may re-apply under another category if applicable, including:

  • National and State Security and Governance;
  • Emergency Services (SA Health approved);
  • Freight and Transport;
  • Urgent Medical, Dental, Health (SA Health approved);
  • Compassionate grounds (SA Health approved);
  • Specialist workers in Essential Sectors (includes Primary Industries and Agriculture).

You will need to complete a new Cross Border Travel Registration form and select the new category of Essential Traveler category that you meet.

The full directive and definitions can be found here.

For information regarding Primary Industries and COVID-19, including all past industry updates, please visit PIRSA’s COVID-19 Primary Industries Portal. For the most recent information on SA’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic visit www.sa.gov.au/COVID-19.