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Revised travel direction to be enacted from midnight 31 December 2020

In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales, SAPOL have advised that from midnight tonight 31 December 2020 a revised travel direction will be enacted.

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 26) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 will create restrictions for travel from all of New South Wales to South Australia, similar to the restrictions that existed for Victoria earlier this year. For NSW a larger 100 km cross border community zone has been established, facilitating travel between SA and key towns including Broken Hill. At this time, there is no restriction on travel from the Australian Capital Territory, and short-duration transit via Sydney Airport is allowed.

Exemptions for essential travel in relation to the mining, oil, gas and energy sectors remain in place. Companies are advised to reinstate their own control measures for any essential travel from New South Wales, and avoid worker movements from that State wherever possible for the time being.

Any companies who did not go through the exemption process for Victorian staff, but who are now affected by the New South Wales restrictions should complete the Risk Mitigation Template and submit to as soon as possible.

The online cross border travel form is also once again compulsory for these workers. Given the dynamic border environment the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) recommends that all workers moving in and out of South Australia recommence completing this form as part of their routine travel process.

At this stage there is no change in relation to Victoria. DEM will monitor the border situation closely and advise if any changes arise. In the meantime, please send any queries to

Stay well, and best wishes for the new year.

Paul Heithersay

Chief Executive
Department for Energy and Mining

Thursday 31 December 2020