Movement into some remote and regional areas across South Australia has been restricted to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which is caused by coronavirus.
The decision came after National Cabinet provided in-principle agreement to the Commonwealth Minister for Health taking action under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 to restrict travel into remote Indigenous communities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This was done through the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020 (the Determination)
Under the Determination, specific Aboriginal communities ‘opted in’ to restrictions that commenced from 11:59 pm on Thursday 26 March 2020. On 15 May 2020, National Cabinet agreed to extend the Determination from 17 June 2020 until 17 September 2020.
Before entering or re-entering a designated area, a person must first self-isolate for 14 days and receive formal written permission further information on this process is available in the entry requirements fact sheet on this page These requirements include residents of those communities.
As a consequence of amendments to the Determination, the following South Australian communities are no longer designated areas: Yarilena (near Ceduna), Dunjiba (near Oodnadatta), Davenport (near Port Augusta), Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands, Nepabunna (Flinders Ranges), and Point Pearce (Yorke Peninsula).
Currently, restrictions apply to areas on which the following communities are located:
- Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands
- Gerard (Riverland)
- Yalata (Far West Coast)
For further information contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.
Find more advice and resources, go to Aboriginal communities.
Remote community entry requirements in place under the Biosecurity Act 2015 - Commonwealth Department of Health factsheet
Amendments to the Determination
Amendment No. 6 – Most recent - Commenced 19 June 2020. This should be read in conjunction with the Explanatory Statement below.
Explanatory Statement of Amendment No. 6
Amendment No. 5 - Commenced 12 June 2020
Amendment No. 4 - Commenced 5 June 2020
Amendment No. 3 - Commenced 24 May 2020 (Sections 1 to 4 and Schedule 1) and 5 June 2020 (Schedule 2)
Amendment No. 2 - Commenced 24 April 2020
Amendment No. 1 - Commenced 8 April 2020
Australian government media releases
- 25 March 2020: Government backs remote communities
- 26 March 2020: Travel restrictions remote areas commence tonight
- 2 April 2020: $123 million boost to Indigenous response to COVID-19
- 5 April 2020: Additional funding to get accurate information to Indigenous Australians
- 8 April 2020: Securing the essentials for remote communities
- 16 April 2020: Rapid COVID-19 testing to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- 21 April 2020: Food security
- 5 May 2020: Ken Wyatt ABC Radio Darwin interview
SA government media releases
- 27 March 2020: Travel restrictions for South Australia's remote areas