Exemptions for 'essential travellers' announced as South Australian border closes

BORDER LOCKDOWN: As of 4pm today, the South Australia/Victoria border will feature border control officers.
BORDER LOCKDOWN: As of 4pm today, the South Australia/Victoria border will feature border control officers.

South Australia's border are shut.

The State Coordinator, Commissioner Stevens has made a direction, under the Emergency Management Act 2004.

It applies to all people who arrive in South Australia from outside of the state.

Anyone travelling to SA will need to identify a suitable residence and self-quarantine for a period of 14 days after arriving.

Police will stop travellers at check points, record names and other details including their South Australian address for the period of self-quarantine.

The direction provides specific detail about the responsibilities of travellers and can be downloaded here.

The direction provides exemptions to those classified as an 'essential traveller'.

Included among the definition of 'essential travellers' are people involved in:

  • National and state security and governance
  • Health services
  • Essential medical treatment
  • Transport and freight services
  • Skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
  • Emergency Services workers
  • Cross border community members
  • Passing through (travellers will need to make their own enquiries about entry into their final state destination)
  • Compassionate grounds

Anyone who does not abide by the direction faces a maximum penalty of $20,000 and a company breaching the direction faces a maximum penalty of $75,000.

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