Updates and resources for growers

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As the situation continues to unfold, GrainGrowers cropping map is being updated to highlight border controls in place.

As the situation continues to unfold, GrainGrowers cropping map is being updated to highlight border controls in place.

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ACT - Australian Capital TerritoryNSW - New South WalesNT - Northern TerritorySA - South AustraliaVIC - VictoriaQLD - QueenslandWA - Western AustraliaTAS - Tasmania

ACT - Australian Capital Territory

ACT:  22/02/2021

For latest information on ACT border details, head to https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home

From 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February 2021, travel restrictions are in place for anyone coming to the ACT from specific public exposure sites in Victoria. Restrictions against travel from Victoria have been reduced. As of 11:59pm on 12 February 2021, the ACT has declared all of Victoria as a COVID-19 affected area. Do not travel to the ACT from Victoria from this time. In addition, a number of specific exposure sites (dating back to 27 January 2021) visited by confirmed cases in Victoria are considered COVID-19 affected areas.

If you have recently been to Victoria, you must check if you have been to any COVID-19 affected areas during the dates and times listed. If you have been in any of these sites, you must immediately enter quarantine and get tested. Also, if you are identified by DHHS as a close contact, you must quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure to the case.

For more information, visit the Service Victoria website.

Canberrans are advised not to travel to COVID-19 affected areas until further notice.

NSW - New South Wales

NSW: Updated 22/02/2021

For latest information on NSW border details, head to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 

Interstate Travellers

The Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Travellers) Order 2021 manages the ongoing risk of the introduction of COVID-19 into NSW from interstate and commences at 12.01am on Friday 5 February. More information: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx 

Victorian COVID-19 concerns notice

The state of Victoria has been declared an affected area. If you enter NSW from Victoria, follow the traveller self-declaration rules.

If you arrived in NSW from Victoria after 12:01am on Saturday 13 February 2021, you no longer have to follow the stay-at-home order. If you visited a place of high concern in Victoria at the time specified, you must complete your 14-day self-isolation.

If you live and travel within the NSW-Victoria border region you do not need to complete a traveller self-declaration form. The border region is defined by the large area marked on the map along the NSW-Victorian border.

Mandatory face coverings

On 2 January the Minister signed the Public Health (COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings) Order 2021. The Order mandates the wearing of masks in certain indoor premises, such as within NSW airports and during flights to or from NSW.
More information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules

Agricultural businesses and farms are urged to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan. More information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/agriculture 

For more information call Service NSW 24/7 on 13 77 88

NT - Northern Territory

NT: Updated 22/02/2021

Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost. More information here.

Mandatory supervised quarantine will be at the Howard Springs quarantine facility or another approved facility elsewhere in the Northern Territory.

Travellers arriving from a declared COVID-19 hotspot must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost. More information: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19  

All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form.

If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified active coronavirus hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. Likewise if you are a Territorian intending to travel to an active hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. See Google map with current hotspots.

All NT farm businesses and labour hire providers must develop a coronavirus (COVID-19) management plan if they require employees to:

• return to the Northern Territory (NT) to perform essential functions and

• be exempt from the 14-day supervised quarantine requirement.

More information: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/exemptions/prepare-a-covid-19-management-plan 

 

SA - South Australia

SA: Border controls in place 22/02/2021

For latest information on SA border details, head to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

As of 12:01 am on 18 February 2021, people are permitted to travel from Victoria, including regional areas, to South Australia provided they have not been in Greater Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell within the past 14 days. These travellers do not have any testing or quarantine requirements (unless they have been advised differently by SA Health).

Travellers entering SA via car from a low community transmission zone are permitted to travel through Victoria, provided they do not stop in Greater Melbourne, wear a mask for the entirety of the time they come in contact with the public, use the most direct route and stop only for respite and other essential purposes (e.g. fuel).

For more information on travel restrictions: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#sa

People coming from low community transmission zones can travel freely to South Australia. A low community transmission zone includes the ACT, NSW, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.

For details on border movements https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Cross-Border Travel Registration - Border permit: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

Some restrictions are currently in place in Aboriginal communities.

PIRSA have released materials relating to the management of COVID-19 for agricultural settings. More information on guidelines can be found here: https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/emergency_management/covid-19_and_primary_industries

COVID-Safe plan: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-work/create-a-covid-safe-plan

For more information call: 1800 253 787 (9am – 5pm) 

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VIC - Victoria

VIC: Updated 22/02/2021 - Restrictions

For latest information on VIC border details, head to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-victoria

From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. New South Wales border community residents are exempt from obtaining a permit to enter Victoria. You can obtain a border permit here: https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones here.

Circuit-breaker restrictions are in place from 11:59pm on Friday, 12 February until 11:59pm on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, subject to public health advice. More information: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-covidsafe-summer#can-i-travel-to-victoria-from-another-australian-state

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-updates

Those living in our Victoria and NSW border communities will continue to be able to access the ‘border bubble’ – using their driver license to prove their residential address. If you live in one of the border communities – you do not need to apply for a permit.

Communities on the border of Victoria and South Australia will need to use the permit system.

For more information and to find out if your local government area is in the border zone, see Information for cross border communities.

All visitors and residents within VIC must adhere to restrictions and directions at all times. More information: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live 

All Victorian farm businesses and labour hire providers need to have a COVIDSafe Plan. More information: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-agriculture-forestry-and-fishing 

For more information phone Agriculture Victoria: 03 5761 1647

QLD - Queensland

QLD: Updated 22/02/2021

For latest information on QLD border details, head to https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

From 1am AEST Monday 15 February 2021 there are no hotspots in Western Australia.

You do not have to complete a border declaration pass to enter Queensland if you have been in Western Australia in the last 14 days.

Updates from Victoria

From 1am AEST Saturday 13 February, 36 Victoria local government areas (LGAs) that make up Greater Melbourne will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot. If you enter Queensland and have been in any of those LGAs on or since 7 February, you will have to, complete a border pass, enter Queensland by air, and quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days.

Anyone who arrived in Queensland before 1am AEST 13 February is already in Queensland that has been in Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days should get tested immediately, isolate for 14 days and call 13HEALTH.and isolate until they receive a negative result.

As a precaution, visitors will be restricted from vulnerable facilities including aged care, hospitals, disability accommodation and corrective services.

More information: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update#control-vic-148578 

Agricultural businesses and farms are urged to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan. More information: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/covid-safe-businesses 

Covid Safe Industry Plan: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/approved-industry-covid-safe-plans

WA - Western Australia

WA: Updated 22/02/2021

For latest information on WA border details, head to https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus

Following the latest public health advice and as part of the controlled interstate border, travel from New South Wales is now permitted without quarantine requirements, but still subject to strict conditions.

Effective 12.01am, Saturday 20 February, travellers from Victoria are permitted into WA, but must enter 14 days of self-quarantine upon arrival and present for COVID-19 testing on Day 11.

Travellers from ACT, NT, TAS, QLD and SA do not have to quarantine under current restrictions.

If you are entering WA and required to self-quarantine, you can download the G2G NOW app which enables WA Police to conduct quarantine compliance checks using facial recognition and mobile location data. More information: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/g2g-now-frequently-asked-questions

All travellers to WA must complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration before they enter. Visit https://www.g2gpass.com.au or download the G2G PASS app to apply for approval to enter WA and receive proof of your exemption before you travel.

DPIRD established the COVID-19 Grains Industry Forum to provide a mechanism for two-way communication between government and key industry stakeholders to facilitate industry continuity. More information: https://www.dpird.wa.gov.au/covid19-grains-industry 

Any transport or freight worker entering Western Australia needs to show evidence of having received a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 5 days. https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-covid-safety-plans-and-guidelines 

For more information call 1800 675 398

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-advice

 

TAS - Tasmania

TAS: Updated 22/02/2021

For latest information on TAS border details, head to https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Latest travel alerts can be found here: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert 

Public Health have announced that Victoria will be classified as low-risk. For more information see Important Community Updates.

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk location in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated accommodation (fees apply).

For a full list of the Victorian and New Zealand premises classified as high-risk - see Travel Alert.

Areas are assessed as either low, medium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk location in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated accommodation (fees apply).

For a full list of the Victorian and New Zealand premises classified as high-risk and Western Australian LGAs classified as medium-risk- see Travel Alert.

If entry is approved, there may be a quarantine requirement in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply): https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert#nsw-med 

Register your intended quarantine location via the G2G PASS system.

Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania.

All workplaces must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. More information on guidelines for agriculture can be found here: https://www.worksafe.tas.gov.au/topics/Health-and-Safety/safety-alerts/coronavirus/covid-safe-workplaces-framework/covid-19-safe-workplace-guidelines