SA COVID-19 hotline 1800 253 787

COVID-19 and primary industries

This information is about how COVID-19 affects primary industry related businesses, such as agriculture, food and wine.

What you need to know

COVID-19 is not a foodborne disease

There is no evidence that food can transmit COVID-19 to humans. You can continue to supply, purchase and consume food as normal within the restrictions.

See our Restrictions on businesses and activities page and Workplace safety and hygiene page.

Primary industry production and the entire food supply chain are essential services

You can continue to operate as normal with consideration of social distancing and other restrictions.

See our Restrictions on businesses and activities page.

Veterinary and animal health/welfare are essential services

Agricultural supply chains can continue to operate, including with border closures.

See our Restrictions on businesses and activities page.

Livestock can't transmit COVID-19 to humans through contact

There is no evidence that the virus is transmitted to humans through animal contact.

See our Animal health page.

South Australian businesses need to adhere to robust biosecurity practices

With good, hygienic processes you can reduce the effects of the virus on your business and the public.

See our Workplace safety and hygiene page.

Key resources

SA Health COVID-19

  • Information for business and industry
  • Latest news and updates

Major emergency declaration and directions

Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19

Food Standards Australia New Zealand for advice and answers to questions, such as:

  • Can the virus be transmitted through food?
  • How do I prevent people in my business transmitting the virus?
  • Is soap and water enough for washing hands?
  • How do I properly clean and sanitise my equipment and facilities?
  • What if someone in my business is unwell?

FarmHub connect Australian farmers to a range of services and support.

Piper Alderman Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery – Legal Responses to COVID-19

Australian Tax Office

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

My Business Health – a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small business owners, which now features a dedicated section for those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis.

Latest updates and announcements


State Government welcomes Federal economic stimulus – 12 March 2020


Seasonal jobs are ripe for the picking – 24 May 2020

WE NEED YOU: New campaign targets locals for seasonal jobs – 14 May 2020

More South Australians employed despite headline unemployment rate uptick – 16 April 2020

Protecting the community and local jobs – 7 April 2020

Pubs, clubs and Adelaide Oval benefit from Government's Jobs Rescue Package – 1 April 2020

Fast tracking infrastructure to support local jobs – 29 March 2020

$1 billion stimulus package to save SA jobs, businesses – 26 March 2020

Rescue package to save SA jobs – 26 March 2020

Business and industry

Helping venues make the most of eased restrictions – 28 May 2020

‘COVID clean’ training rollout gathers pace – 25 May 2020

Government accelerates local jobs and business recovery as indoor dining back on the menu – 20 May 2020

Helping businesses get back to work with ‘COVID-clean’ toolkit – 19 May 2020

New laws to assist commercial landlords, tenants impacted by COVID-19 – 16 May 2020

First major tranche of $10k emergency cash grants flow to small businesses – 4 May 2020

State Government provides rent relief for businesses – 24 April 2020

11,300 small businesses register for $10,000 emergency grants – 15 April 2020

$10,000 emergency cash grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 – 9 April 2020

Fee relief for fishing industry in wake of coronavirus – 9 April 2020

Fee and rent relief for nature-based tourism businesses – 3 April 2020

Fee relief for COVID-19 hit resources sector – 3 April 2020

Closure of wineries in South Australia – 30 March 2020

Stimulus measures to support businesses and the community impacted by COVID-19 – 26 March 2020

Temporary measures to support South Australia’s hospitality sector – 25 March 2020

Changes to rock lobster commercial fishing quota – 23 March 2020

New jobs lifeline: SA small and medium businesses supported to keep trading through Coronavirus crisis – 22 March 2020

Funding boost for businesses to continue skills training in challenging times – 19 March 2020

Supermarkets granted 24-hour weekday trade option and extended weekends in response to Coronavirus – 19 March 2020

Trade and investment

SA exporters get a boost to sell products online – 19 May 2020

Lift off for South Australian produce – 6 May 2020

SA skies open up for local exporters as airfreight route locked in – 1 May 2020

New program bolsters support for South Australian exporters – 28 April 2020

Industry taskforce to help keep our exports moving – 1 April 2020


Indonesian Free Trade Agreement good news for farmers – 8 May 2020

AgShows provides grants to 122 regional shows – 8 May 2020

Freight controller appointed to manage airfreight in the national interest – 29 April 2020

Australian agricultural trade continues despite uncertainty – 23 April 2020

New air freight network to boost agricultural and fisheries exports – 23 April 2020

Australia's food security not in question – 17 April 2020

Australia is one of the most food secure countries in the world – 17 April 2020

Supporting the agricultural workforce during COVID-19 – 4 April 2020

Securing freight access for Australian agricultural and fisheries exporters – 1 April 2020

Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue – 27 March 2020

National Cabinet update – 26 March 2020

National COVID-19 coordination commission – 26 March 2020

Agricultural jobs essential to Australia – 25 March 2020

Coronavirus measures – 24 March 2020

Strong industry and government ties through COVID-19 – 23 March 2020

Coronavirus measures – 22 March 2020

Upcoming webinars

Find out what webinars are available to help you and your business through COVID-19.

Page Last Reviewed: 16 Apr 2020
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