Seasonal and regional workers are an important part of South Australia’s agricultural, tourism and hospitality sectors.
The below information will help individuals and employers navigate seasonal and regional working arrangements during COVID-19. These measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of workers, businesses and local communities. Seasonal and regional workers and businesses MUST comply with the measures outlined below to eliminate the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information is frequently updated, so it is recommended before travelling or seeking harvest work, you check:
- the latest coronavirus news
- travel arrangements and border closures
- self-isolation requirements
- accommodation availability.
Refer to government agencies across Australia for regular updates and advice on specific details of health declarations, self-isolation requirements, border closures, accommodation, transport, visa and documentation requirements.
When looking for harvest work, DO NOT go directly to farms. Contact the Harvest Trail Services provider in the region you are looking for a job or check advertised vacancies.
If you have already been in South Australia for a minimum of 14 days, you can travel to regional areas.
Non-essential travel to South Australia's regions is encouraged.
Note: there are some remaining restrictions on travel to remote communities.
Depending on where you are arriving from, you may need to quarantine for 14 days. What is required of you may differ depending on your own circumstances.
Check the SA Government's information page about travel restrictions to establish:
- if you are required to self-quarantine
- if you fit the definition of an essential traveller.
Before you travel
if you are planning to travel to SA, you should complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least three days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.
Your registration will be assessed to determine whether you are:
- able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from a low community transmission zone)
- an essential traveler, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
- required to self-quarantine on arrival for 14 days.
South Australia Police (SAPOL) will confirm each registration and assess them to determine a traveller's status.
Complete your Cross Border Travel Registration on the SAPOL website.
You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when you arrive in South Australia.
Some essential travellers must now keep records of close contact for 14 days commencing on the date of arrival in South Australia. Check the SA Government's information about cross-border travel, and travel restrictions to understand the requirements of essential travellers and the exemptions that apply.
You should discuss with your employer your need to self-quarantine, and check that the accommodation available meets the requirements of self-quarantine.
See the 'useful documents' section below for guidelines around self-quarantining for seasonal and regional workers.
Self-isolation and quarantine advice are available from SA Health.
You may be able to apply for a visa extension, depending on your circumstance. Talk to your employer and check the Home Affairs website regularly for updates to visa eligibility.
The Commonwealth Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia's food and produce supply during COVID-19.
The changes will allow those within the Pacific Labour Scheme, Seasonal Worker Program and working holidaymakers to continue to work in agriculture and food processing until the coronavirus crisis has passed.
If you need to get tested for COVID-19, you have a few different options. Depending on where you live, you may be able to visit a:
- pop-up testing centre
- drive-through testing site
- GP office
- respiratory clinic.
The PIRSA COVID-19 hub has information for primary industries about workplace restrictions, safety, hygiene and support, such as:
Quarantine arrangements apply to any overseas workers entering the state to protect South Australian workers and residents.
The number of workers able to enter will be limited by South Australia's quarantine capacity. All quarantine arrangements must be approved by South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer.
As well as meeting the requirements of the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Programme, Approved Employers must:
- read the Hotel Quarantine Guidelines (PDF, 186.1 KB) or (DOCX, 587.9 KB)
- complete the Hotel Quarantine Application Form (PDF, 232.3 KB) or (DOCX, 593.8 KB)
- complete a COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan.
Send your completed application form and mitigation plan, along with your recruitment proposal, to:
- For the Seasonal Worker Programme: submit documents via the Seasonal Workers Programme Online Portal.
- For the Pacific Labour Scheme: email documents to email@example.com.
To protect the South Australian community from COVID-19, there are a number of restrictions in place. Social distancing, density requirements and restrictions on gatherings are detailed in the Public Activities Direction.
These documents are a toolkit for employers and seasonal and regional workers, and will help you to manage seasonal and regional working during COVID-19.
Employers are recommended to have every employee complete this form at the end of each shift, to cover movements and list close contacts.
The Self-Quarantine for Seasonal Workers (PDF, 468.9 KB) guideline contains advice on self-quarantine requirements for seasonal and regional workers once they enter South Australia to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The Social Distancing in Shared Accommodation (PDF, 487.6 KB) guideline provides information for employers on managing shared accommodation facilities that house seasonal and regional workers to reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak.