Further action of Australian governments

Updated quarantine arrangements

For non-cruise maritime

The Australian Government and all states and territories will:

  • Implement a consistent and immediate exemption for non-cruise maritime crew to provide for the transiting to and from their places of work.

  • Adopt additional protocols in consultation with industry that creates protection for crews on board vessels

  • Put in place appropriate penalties for companies and individuals that are found to be in breach of the requirements of the exemption (will be reviewed on 1 June 2020).


For air crew

National Cabinet agreed to implement:

  • International air crew will be required to self-isolate between flights or for 14 days, whichever is shorter.

  • Domestic air crew are exempt from self-isolation requirements (except when a state or territory specifically prohibits entry).



Hardship provisions for energy, water and rates for households and small businesses

State and territory governments agreed to adopt similar principles for the essential services within their remit, including water utilities and local governments. They will work with the organisations supplying those services to apply the principles to each sector. These principles will also ensure accessing support for essential services are as simple and easy as possible.


These principles, modeled on the Government’s recently released Statement of Expectations for the energy sector, include:

  • Offering flexible payment options to all households and small businesses in financial stress (including small businesses eligible for the JobKeeper Payment).

  • Not disconnecting restricting supply/services to those in financial stress.

  • Deferring debt recovery proceedings and credit default listing.

  • Waiving late fees and interest charges on debt.

  • Minimizing planned outages for critical works, and provide as much notice as possible to assist households and businesses during any outage.


Implementation of visa arrangements in the agricultural sector

Support the agricultural workforce needed

  • The Commonwealth has implemented the visa measures and is urgently working on the associated changes to ensure appropriate labor market testing continues.

  • The same conditions that apply under the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme visa arrangements, including employer sponsorship to continue the link with the agricultural sector.

  • Industry is leading on protocols for managing the risks of corona virus in farming workplaces, including social distancing to mitigate public health risks.


State and territory governments are responsible for:

  • The introduction and enforcement of self-isolation requirements to avoid the spread of corona virus;

  • Applying sanctions where those requirements are not met and, where appropriate, referring concerns about visa holder compliance to the Department of Home Affairs for action;

  • Ensuring accommodation complies with self-isolation and social distancing requirements, in conjunction with local governments and the National Farmers Federation;

  • Seeking to harmonize these requirements as far as practical.


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