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.

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

ACT - Australian Capital Territory

ACT:  08/04/2021

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

ACT has eased travel restrictions from Greater Brisbane, although contact tracing alerts remain for certain areas in Queensland and New South Wales.

There are currently no direct flights from New Zealand to the ACT.  All travellers arriving to Australia from New Zealand will be subject to the conditions of entry of the state or territory they arrive in, which may differ between jurisdictions. Travellers from New Zealand arriving into another state or territory can travel freely to the ACT, provided there are no travel or border restrictions in place between the ACT and that jurisdiction. For more information: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel/overseas#From-New-Zealand

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

Under a Public Health Direction effective 11.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021, face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra. Find out more on the Protect yourself page.


Visitors from all other areas in Australia can travel freely within the ACT. More information on travel advice: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel

NSW - New South Wales

NSW: Updated 08/04/2021

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

Updates from Queensland

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts. Restrictions apply: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots

Currently, there are no restrictions on interstate travel from states other than Queensland, and visitors may travel to NSW without a permit.

Visitors from Queensland can apply for a permit here.

Travellers from New Zealand

When you arrive in NSW from New Zealand you must provide your contact details and place of accommodation in NSW by completing a New Zealand arrival declaration form. You will need to quarantine if you arrive in NSW from New Zealand on a flight that has a person who has been in a country other than Australia or New Zealand in the 14 days prior to arrival. This applies to passengers and relevant flight crew members. More information on traveller obligations can be found here.

Restrictions in NSW

The NSW Government will be easing restrictions from 29 March. Restrictions on dancing, singing and visitors in the home will be lifted, and masks will not be a requirement on public transport. Read the latest update on COVID-19 restrictions. 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 08/04/2021 

Travellers arriving from a declared COVID-19 hotspot must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost. Mandatory supervised quarantine will be at the Howard Springs quarantine facility or another approved facility elsewhere in the Northern Territory. 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.

Updates from New Zealand

Travellers coming from New Zealand on a green zone flight must meet the Australian Government conditions.

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 08/04/2021

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

Effective 3 April 2021, entry from restricted zones (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City) of Queensland is permitted.

From 30 March 2021, the Byron Council Shire in New South Wales is considered a restricted zone.

Effective 12.01 am 20 March 2021, people are permitted to enter South Australia from New Zealand. There are no testing or quarantine requirements.

More information: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid-19/testing+and+tracing/contact+tracing/contact+tracing

People coming from low community transmission zones can travel freely to South Australia.

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration at least 3 days before they enter. Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

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

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VIC - Victoria

VIC: Updated 08/04/2021 

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

You need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. 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.

Those living in our Victoria and NSW border communities can access the ‘border bubble’ – using their driver license to prove their residential address. 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.

Updates from Queensland

The Greater Brisbane area (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands City) is designated an orange zone under Victoria’s travel permit system, effective from 6:00pm Victorian time on Thursday 1 April. The Chief Health Officer has also declared the Gladstone Region in Queensland and the Byron Shire in New South Wales as an orange zone, effective from Friday 26 March 2021. The rest of Queensland and New South Wales are green zones. More information: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-updates

All other Australian states and Territories are classified as green zones.

Updates from New Zealand

New Zealand is a green zone and people entering Victoria from New Zealand need to apply for a ‘green zone’ permit.

All visitors and residents within VIC must adhere to restrictions and directions at all times. From 6pm Friday 26 March 2021, Victoria has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings. For more detail see the COVIDSafe Settings

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 08/04/2021

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

Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home by air and new residents can relocate to Queensland but, they will have to quarantine in government arranged accommodation at their own expense.

Updates from Greater Brisbane

From 12pm AEST Thursday 1 April to Thursday 15 April:

Mandatory mask wearing requirements apply for all of Queensland

Additional restrictions for gatherings and businesses apply for all of Queensland.

Contact tracing alerts have been issued for locations visited in greater Brisbane, Gladstone, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Visitor restrictions are in place for aged care facilitiesdisability accommodation serviceshospitals and correctional facilities.

You can enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory. You do not need a border pass to enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory.

Updates from New Zealand

From 6pm Saturday 20 March, Queensland's borders are once again open to New Zealand. Anyone from New Zealand who travels to Australia on a quarantine free flight can come to Queensland without needing to quarantine. For more information see the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction.

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

WA - Western Australia

WA: Updated 08/04/2021

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

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.

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

Effective 12.01am, Wednesday 7 April, travel from Queensland to WA is permitted, subject to 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing.

Travellers from other states are not required to quarantine under current restrictions.

All international arrivals (including from NZ) must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense and will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of quarantine.

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

TAS - Tasmania

TAS: Updated 08/04/2021

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

Areas are assessed as either lowmedium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.

Travel alerts are currently in place for areas in Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand. More information: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert

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.

Updates from New Zealand

Public Health have announced that NZ is classified as low-risk. For more information see Important Community Updates.

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