New look PIRSA COVID-19 hub

To keep you updated on COVID-19 information relevant to the primary industries portfolio, a user friendly hub has been developed to replace the existing PIRSA web page. The new design is intended to make it easier to find and access information. This will be added to on a continuing basis when new information is available.



Clarification of border controls – advice to essential travellers click here

SAPOL has information on the essential travellers exemption to border controls at:

Supporting the agriculture workforce during COVID-19

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 holiday makers to continue to work in agriculture and food processing until the coronavirus crisis has passed.

 Key Facts

  • Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme workers can extend their stay for up to 12 months to work for approved employers (ensuring pastoral care and accommodation needs of workers are met to minimise health risks to visa holders and the community).
  • Approved employers under the Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme will need to continue engaging with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on labour market testing to ensure recruitment of Australians first.
  • Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) who work in agriculture or food processing will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.
  • Conditions will be placed upon visa holders to self-isolate for 14 days before taking up employment in a different region (including termination of visas where there is non-compliance).
  • To support implementation of self-isolation arrangements for visa holders and avoid spread of COVID-19 the government is working with states and territories on enforcement and sanction mechanisms.
  • Employers will need to commit to providing safe accommodation for agricultural workers that complies with social distancing requirements.
  • Arrangement will also need to be in place for a declaration between employers and employees that all protocols necessary to ensure human health and accommodation requirements have been met. 

Agriculture Minister’s Media Release

A statement released by Minister Littleproud is available at:

Included in this statement are quotes from the Minister:

  • “The Commonwealth is guaranteeing food production and supply as we deal with the virus’s spread”
  • “Maintaining food production, access to workers, agricultural supply lines, transportation and logistics is absolutely critical and will not be affected by any of the measures aimed at curbing the virus’s spread.”


This information will be updated as new information is received.

Last updated 29/07/2020