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.

Covid-19-update
ACT - Australian Capital TerritoryNSW - New South WalesNT - Northern TerritorySA - South AustraliaVIC - VictoriaQLD - QueenslandWA - Western AustraliaTAS - Tasmania

ACT - Australian Capital Territory

ACT: Currently Open 8/07/2020

Freight of food will continue in the ACT.
No action required.

NSW - New South Wales

NSW: Updated 23/11/2020

New South Wales – South Australia

The NSW Minister for Health has signed a Public Health Order to implement a Travel Declaration. This means that if you've been in South Australia in the last 14 days and want to travel into NSW, you need to complete an NSW entry declaration form. NSW is not closing the border with South Australia but are asking people coming to NSW from South Australia, by whatever mode of transport, to complete a declaration form that enables contact tracing if required. There will not be checkpoints at the NSW-SA border, but you will need to be able to produce your declaration if requested, and to produce it when travelling from SA to NSW via air.
NSW has opened its border for Victorian residents, workers and visitors without a permit or exemption.

Anyone traveling into NSW from SA in the last 14days must complete a NSW entry declaration form before entering. Must be completed 24 hours prior to entry. For more information click here.

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

NT - Northern Territory

NT: Updated 23/11/2020

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

SA - South Australia

SA: Border controls in place 06/11/2020

If you are planning to travel to SA, aim to complete the Cross-Border Travel registration at least 14 days before you leave. Regardless of where your travel begins.

This includes:

- people entering from states in the Low Community-Transmission Zone (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA)

- essential travellers entering from Victoria

- SA residents returning home from any other state other than Victoria, regardless of how long they were interstate.

If you travel to SA by air, you MUST NOT transit via a Victorian airport.

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

If travelling from Victoria- border permit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions

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

SA/VIC border members may be eligible for  a Cross Boarder community Member status if they reside within 70km of the border.

Border permit: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

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

https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/emergency_management/covid-19_and_primary_industries

Click here for more info

VIC - Victoria

VIC: Updated 23/11/2020

The  Victorian Roadmap to reopening  provides steps on the easing of restrictions. From Tuesday 11:59pm on 27 October 2020, VIC is in Third Step restrictions. Regional Victoria roadmap summary can be found here.

Business and industry must operate in VIC based on the following size COVIDSafe prinsiples:

- ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)

- wear a mask or face covering

- practice good hygiene

- keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell

- avoid interactions in close spaces

- create workforce bubbles.

COVIDSafe Plans: if a business has more than 5 employees there are advised to have a plan https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/covid-safe-business/covid-safe-plan

 
At 11:59pm last night, the new Border Crossing Permit Scheme Directions came into effect. A copy of the Directions is available here

People crossing from South Australia into Victoria now require a permit. Victorian Border Crossing Permits will be issued for travellers based on the locations visited or travelled through in South Australia. These locations are categorised as green, orange and red zones.
Green Zone
If you have visited locations in the Green Zone, you will be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit. The Green Zone is all areas of South Australia, outside of metropolitan Adelaide.
Orange Zone
If you have visited locations in the Orange Zone, you will be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit. The Orange Zone is all areas of metropolitan Adelaide, not including areas designated as a Red Zone.
Red Zone
If you have visited locations in the Red Zone during the exposure period listed below, you will not be able to receive a Victorian Border Crossing Permit and you will not be allowed to enter Victoria.

More information, including a list of the locations currently in the ‘red zone’ is available at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/south-australian-border-permit
Please note the temporary critical agricultural harvest letter of permit issued by Agriculture Victoria will no longer apply.

Exemption – cross-border community members
The 70-kilometre cross border permit arrangements between Victoria and South Australia are still in place. You can display your previous permits or your licence with an address within 70 kms of the border.

Exemption – emergency services and people residing on property that extends across the border
Those receiving or providing emergency medical care, providing or receiving emergency services or residing on a property that extends across both South Australia and Victoria will be exempt from the requirement for a permit.

How to apply
Please visit the Service Victoria website to apply - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home
If any assistance is required with the permit application process, please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398, then select Option 2 then Option 2.

For more information phone Agriculture Victoria: 03 5761 1647

QLD - Queensland

QLD: Updated 23/11/2020

What will change:

• Only 32 greater Sydney Local Government Areas will continue to be listed as COVID-19 Hotspots in NSW and all of VIC.

• The border zone will be removed

• Children under the age of 12 will not be required to wear a face mask

• People can transfer through a hotspot by road as long as they stop only for essential fuel, supplies and to manage driver fatigue, wear a mask when stopping and don’t stay overnight in a hotspot

• People can fly to Queensland from Sydney airport

• People can come to Queensland from the Spirit of Tasmania if they immediately leave Victoria by road or air after disembarking the vessel and do not stay overnight in a hotspot on their way to Queensland

If you are seeking entry into QLD please seek a QLD Border Declaration Pass. 

• Queensland – From 11.59pm Monday 16 November 2020, 20 South Australian LGAs will be considered COVID-19 hotspots. Anyone who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days will only be able to enter Queensland if they are a returning Queensland resident or required to enter for a limited range of essential reasons. More information here.

A class exemption for farmers and agribusiness workers needing to move between QLD and NSW to perform essential agribusiness services or farming activities has been extended to 11:59pm on 31 December 2020. The class exemption does not apply to workers involved in picking, packing, sorting and meat processing, or workers from Victoria. These workers can apply to Queensland Health to enter as an essential or specialist worker.

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

QLD roadmap to easing restrictions: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions

WA - Western Australia

WA: Updated 23/11/2020

• The requirement for a permitted reason to enter WA has been removed.

• ALL visitors are required to obtain a G2G pass prior to arrival. Border pass: https://www.g2gpass.com.au/

No one will be allowed into WA if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

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 23/11/2020

BTravellers who have spent time in South Australia (or Victoria) in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania will need to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designated accommodation. More information here.