Direction details

Current Direction

This direction may be cited as the Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 6) Direction 2022.

It comes into effect 12:01 am 7 January 2022 and revokes the Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 6) Direction 2022.

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 6) Direction 2022 (DOCX, 35.8 KB) - 6 January 2022

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 6) Direction 2022 (PDF, 263.6 KB) - 6 January 2022

What surgeries can be performed?

Only the following surgical treatment may be performed in South Australia:

  • emergency surgery and procedures performed for conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to the following outcomes:
    • loss of life; or
    • loss of limb; or
    • permanent disability
  • non-emergency but urgent surgery and procedures performed for conditions where a patient would come to harm were surgery to be delayed;
  • Category 1 surgery as defined in the National Guidelines;
  • Category 2 surgery as defined in the National Guidelines where a clinical risk assessment has determined there to be an urgent need to proceed;
  • Procedures including endoscopy, bronchoscopy, interventional radiology and cardiology where there is an urgent clinical need to proceed;
  • procedures undertaken in a community setting utilising local anaesthetic by health practitioners;
  • dental procedures and dental surgical treatments performed outside of a hospital setting, provided that the risk of disease transmission is managed and personal protective equipment stocks are safely available;
  • surgical termination of pregnancy;
  • assisted reproduction procedures (IVF);
  • screening procedures (including breast, bowel and cervix screening).

Can I get an exemption to have an elective surgery?

Yes. You can get an exemption to have surgery from either the Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Wellbeing, the South Australian Chief Public Health Officer or a deputy Chief Public Health Officer.

What are the National Guidelines?

National Guidelines are the Australian Government, Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation guideline dated April, 2015.

Can I get cosmetic surgery?

No, with the exception of within a community setting.

Page last updated: 6 January 2022