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COVID-19 Energy and Mining update

New online pre-approval process for travel into South Australia

From tomorrow 1 July 2020, a new online cross-border travel process will be in place for travellers entering South Australia from interstate. While border restrictions have been eased for people entering South Australia directly from Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory, all workers inbound to South Australia (including workers returning from rosters interstate) should complete an online form that will be available from midnight tonight at the South Australia Police website.

Travellers are required to complete an online questionnaire and upload the supporting letter previously used to enable border crossings. The traveller will then receive an email containing a unique code that will have to be shown at the border to ensure entry into South Australia. Importantly, there are no other changes to the Cross Border Travel Direction.

While there will be an adjustment period in the transition to the new system this week, SA Police are committed to ensuring this roll-out does not adversely impact on existing essential worker movements for industry. Any issues will be managed pragmatically as they have been to date.  

Cross-border movements by workers should continue as planned – those moving tonight and early tomorrow will simply need to complete the process on arrival, with all others subsequently crossing the border required to complete the online process as soon as it is available. Once fully operational, this process will streamline the cross-border process and provide further operating certainty to all companies working across borders.

Further details are provided in SAPOL's update on the new online cross border travel pre-approval process for travel into South Australia

Voluntary asymptomatic testing

Given concern about community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria, SA Pathology has seen an increase in contact from companies regarding the opportunity to have inbound workers tested, particularly those arriving from Victoria, in order to mitigate risk to their operations and reputation. I encourage all companies to consider implementing this strategy - further detail on how to access this service can be found in my recent update: Borders opening and COVID testing trial.

Victorian border closure extended

Premier Steven Marshall  today announced the deferral of the planned removal of border restrictions between South Australia and Victoria on 20 July due to a recent increase in COVID-19 infections in that state. Further consideration is also being given to the timing of the opening of borders to the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. Updates will be circulated when further information becomes available.

Stay well

Paul Heithersay
Chief Executive
Department for Energy and Mining

Tuesday 30 June 2020

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