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.

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

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

NSW - New South Wales

NSW:Currently Open

Statement from Agriculture Minister David Littleproud - Agriculture jobs essential to Australia:

 

‘Primary industry production and related businesses and the entire food supply chain are NOT impacted by these restrictions. These businesses can continue to operate on a ‘business as usual’ basis, though should attempt to practice appropriate social distancing measures.’

 

Click here for more info - https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/home/covid-19

NT - Northern Territory

NT:Border controls in place.

Exemptions apply.

1. Truck Drivers (under s 10 [d])

2. On-Board Stockmen/Vessel Crew (under s 10 [e])

3. Specialists (i.e. vets) (under s 10 [g])

4. A fourth category exists for businesses that would like to continue operating. These businesses will be required to provide a Management Plan for approval by the Chief Health Officer. These are provided for under section 12

 

Applicants applying for exemption from self-quarantine requirements are to fill out an Application For Classification as an Exempted Person or Class of Persons form or at www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

 

Applications for exemption under the directions can be made using one of the following methods:

a. Hand your completed form to an authorised officer on your arrival to the Northern Territory, for forwarding to the Chief Health Officer for assessment.

b. Email your completed form to DOH.PCC@nt.gov.au

c. Lodge online via coronavirus.nt.gov.au

 

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

 

SA - South Australia

SA: Border controls in place.

Exceptions have been made for all freight (food, livestock, inputs) and skilled/ critical workforce.


All agricultural industries and everything in that supply chain is considered essential. People that live on the border that either work one side of the border or are undertaking work or contracting can continue to do so. Any of those agricultural duties being undertaken are classified as an essential service. If people are coming into South Australia for non-work-related travel, they will need to go into 14 days of self-isolation on arrival. A self-assessment process applies for people entering the state. 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.

Click here for more info - https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/front-page-news/direction-released-for-travel-into-south-australia#.XnwMeYgzbb2

VIC - Victoria

VIC: Currently Open

Victorian Police COVID-19 enforcement square to ensure containment measures are being followed. This includes spot checks on self-isolation and enforcing bans on outdoor/indoor gatherings.

Click here for more information - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

QLD - Queensland

QLD: Border controls in place

Exemptions include:
- Freight
- Emergency vehicles
- Emergency workers
- Those travelling to and from work
- Court orders including family court
- Compassionate grounds
- Medical treatment

Online portal to apply for a QLD entry pass. Essential food, supplies and services are being prioritised. Queensland Government has confirmed that freight vehicles will be waved through in relation to COVID-19 border restrictions without having to complete paperwork or Entry Pass. Police may continue to intercept any vehicle suspected of involvement in an offence, or as part of ongoing non-COVID-19 related Police operations.
Click here for further information - https://www.qld.gov.au/about/newsroom/queensland-border-restrictions

WA - Western Australia

WA: Border controls in place & intrastate travel restrictions from midnight Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary. Police have the
power to enforce these restrictions if necessary, and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued.
Exemptions will apply in circumstances including employment purposes; medical or veterinary
reasons; delivery of essential services including health or emergency services; people living
across regional boundaries, who may not have access to groceries or supplies immediately
within their region; transport of goods; compassionate grounds; a family member has primary
care responsibilities; for school, TAFE or tertiary study reasons; to escape domestic violence
or due to an emergency. Freight will continue to operate and is permitted to travel through regional boundaries. A person engaged in agriculture, food production or primary industry is eligible for exemption.
These restrictions are a State Government directive under the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) and are being enforced by WA Police.
If your need to travel fits one of the exempt categories, please assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer, to support their travel. GrainGrowers has a template letter available https://www.graingrowers.com.au/template-letter-for-farm-workers-travelling-intrastate/

Western Australia arrival form.

Click here for further information - https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/coronavirus-covid-19-state-of-emergency-declarations#border-control

 

TAS - Tasmania

TAS: Border controls in place.

Exemptions in place. Agriculture, food and allied services exempt.

Tasmanian arrivals form.

Click here for further information - https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/biosecurity-forms/covid-19-important-information-for-travellers