Updates and resources for growers

Click here to download the GrainGrowers COVID-19 Guide for Growers

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.

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: Border with Victoria is restricted. 24/09/2020

New South Wales – Victoria border

As announced yesterday, the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order (No 7) 2020, has been updated, and a new agriculture worker permit will be available from Friday 25 September.

The NSW Agriculture Worker Permit will allow eligible agricultural workers to travel between NSW and Victoria under strict conditions. Find the new permit here.

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19, under the Public Health Order anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must not enter unless:

- They hold a current entry permit

- They are authorised to enter under the order

Special arrangements:

- Border zone residents: zone extends to around 50km either side of the border (see map here) and to apply for permit here

- Critical service workers in the border region

The new ‘Critical Services (Agriculture) Permit’ allows permit holders who reside within 100km of the border to cross the border up to 100km north of the border into NSW. More detail about this new permit is available via the Service NSW.

COVID-19 Safety Plan: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses

All returning NSW residents, unless they live within the NSW border regions, will only be allowed to return to NSW through Sydney airport and will require a NSW border entry permit.

Current information is available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions

Please note that the implementation of the national Agriculture Workers’ Code will be done separately.

More information on the new border zone, including maps, is available at: https://disasterassistance.service.nsw.gov.au/bcpermit/borderCheck

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries’ Primary Industries Liaison Team is also available to assist: covidinfo@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Border Permits: details on permits, special conditions for freight operations and other essential services available below.

Click here for the NSW Border Permit

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

NT - Northern Territory

NT: Border controls in place 01/09/2020

There are strict border control in place for all arrivals to the Territory, including returning Territorians. 


All arrivals to the NT must:

- fill out a Border Entry Form https://forms.nt.gov.au/Produce/wizard/9ffc58df-b0a5-422e-86e5-f260522c072a/?prepared=true&logGuid=b6acb177-bf9a-4db8-8046-70592597f6d8

- Complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at own expensive if you have recently been in an active declared COVID-19 hot spot https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19


COVID Safety Plan: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/roadmap-new-normal/business


Click here for more info - https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/community-advice/border-controls


SA - South Australia

SA: Border controls in place 21/09/2020

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. Under the updated Directive, the Cross-Border Community Member exemption category for travellers 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.

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

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

SA/ACT border - Travellers that arrive from the ACT into South Australia by air will not be required to undergo the 14-day self-quarantine period. This measure is not available to those travelling by road, and all travellers must still apply for pre-approval to enter South Australia using the online SAPOL pre-approval form, found here.

Cross border communities - Cross border community members can now cross the border for the purpose of organised sport.

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

ESSENTIAL TRAVELLERS: if people are seeking to apply for a permit they need to apply for essential travellers schedule 2 as an industries or business. Apply here

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


Click here for more info

VIC - Victoria

VIC: Outbound restricted. 21/09/2020

To enter NSW from VIC, a permit is required find it here.

The new ‘Critical Services (Agriculture) Permit’ allows permit holders who reside within 100km of the border to cross the border up to 100km north of the border into NSW. Holders of this permit will be able to cross from Victoria into NSW without quarantining in Sydney. More detail about this new permit is available via the Service NSW.

Limitations on freedom of movement and business have been greatly eased this week, with regional Victoria progressing to stage 3 of the recovery roadmap which includes:

• Leave home: No restriction on reasons or distance travelled

Stage 3 affected regions sees people only allowed to leave home:

1. Shopping for food or other essential items

2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment

3. For exercise (applies to outdoor exercise, and with only one other person or members of your household)

4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home.

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

Holders of this permit will be able to cross from Victoria into NSW without quarantining in Sydney. NSW has advised that this change has come into effect and the new permits will be available via the Service NSW website.

Restricted VIC postcodes

Victorian Roadmap to reopening

QLD - Queensland

QLD: Border controls in place 21/09/2020

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has declared all of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as COVID-19 hotspots.

Only permitted to enter Queensland in accordance with Border Restriction Direction (No 12) which may require additional documentation, and a completed Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

Border pass: https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass 

As pass does not guarantee entry in Queensland as this will be determined by an Emergency Officer at the border checkpoint in accordance with the public health directions.

Border residents – there have been changes to the areas included in the border zone – view updated map here:


A border zone resident is someone who lives in a community on the Queensland New South Wales border. This includes both sides of the border – people who live in Queensland but work or go to school in their neighbouring border town, or people who live in New South Wales but come to work or school in their neighbouring border town in Queensland. Border zone residents can cross the border for any purpose.

On 22 August Queensland’s Chief Health Officer enacted a class exemption to the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 12) for Queensland and New South Wales resident farmers and agribusiness workers who need to:

• perform essential agribusiness services for the agriculture supply chain

• conduct farming activities

• provide timely veterinary services

• care for livestock.

You cannot complete an electronic Queensland Border Declaration Pass for this exemption, but you will need to complete a written Queensland Border Declaration Pass upon arrival at the border.  You will also need to provide:

• a copy of the Chief Health Officer's class exemption letter (PDF, 67KB)

• evidence of your identity, confirming place of residence

• evidence you are an agribusiness essential worker (e.g. letter of employment, business contract, evidence of property ownership or lease, evidence of agistment arrangements).

Separate exemption processes are also in place for workers providing critical services to Queensland, such as food processors or agribusinesses, and for transporters of freight and logistics (including live animals and bees for commercial beekeepers).  For full details, head to the Business Queensland website.

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: Temporary closure 01/09/2020

The WA Government has announced the temporary closure of the Western Australian border. This is a strict control with access points by rail, road, air and sea.  Exemptions details can be found here

Border pass: https://www.g2gpass.com.au/

For more information call 1800 675 398


Strict border controls are in place. You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller.

COVID Safety Plan and Guidelines: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-safety-plan-and-guidelines

TAS - Tasmania

TAS: Border controls in place. 01/09/2020

Border restrictions are based on the locations travellers have spent time in during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Pass: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/g2g-pass 

COVID-Safe Workplaces Framework: https://www.worksafe.tas.gov.au/topics/Health-and-Safety/safety-alerts/coronavirus/covid-safe-workplaces-framework