As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves, Defence SA remains committed to supporting the needs of South Australia’s defence industry during this challenging and uncertain business environment.

Defence SA continues to operate and our team is available to assist with any enquiries businesses may have regarding the impacts this pandemic may have on future projects.

We are closely monitoring the situation and working collaboratively with the Australian Government to identify, and solve, potential issues that may impact local industry as a result of COVID-19.

At this present time, our number one priority is ensuring South Australia’s defence industry is positioned to emerge strong and resilient from this unprecedented event.


There is a range of Australian and South Australian Government Economic Response packages available for businesses to help protect Australia’s economy from the impacts of COVID-19.   

Find consolidated resources and information on financial and business resilience support packages through the dedicated South Australian Government COVID-19 website,  

For regular updates on new announcements, information on financial support available, along with practical advice and webinars, subscribe to the South Australian Government’s daily newsletter here.

The Australian Government’s Department of Defence has a range of useful resources for Defence industry, including information covering:   

The Defence COVID-19 Taskforce have created a simple reference document to summarise the available support measures that have been announced by the Commonwealth Government for businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the document, click here.

National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) – planning tool

The NCCC’s planning tool is intended to help businesses develop a plan to keep their workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead.

SafeWork Australia

Advice on how to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in your workplace and resources to download and display in your workplaces can be found on SafeWork Australia’s website. 

National three-step plan

Advice on the three-step plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Friday, 8 May, with links to the latest state and territory advice on public gatherings websites. 


The South Australian Government has eased border restrictions for people entering the state from Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory, with travellers entering South Australia directly from these states no longer required to quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

Travellers from all other state and territories are still required to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine requirments for some other states and territories are expected to be eased on 20 July 2020. Exemptions still apply to those considered an essential traveller, who are permitted to enter South Australia without the requirement to self-quarantine for a full 14-day period.

New directions under the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 classify Defence Department personnel, including civilian staff and private contractors, and those required to support time-critical national security and defence activities as an essential worker. This direction was updated to capture the needs of the defence manufacturing workforce.

Anyone who claims to be an essential traveller will be required to provide evidence that they fall within that category. Specific details about this direction can be downloaded here.


Defence SA is closely monitoring the status of defence and space industry events originally scheduled to take place in 2020. For information relating to event cancellations, postponements and new dates, please click here.


For health-related information, including latest updates, SA Health’s response and the Wash, Wipe, Cover and Stop the Spread resources, visit

For South Australian enquiries relating to COVID-19, call 1800 253 787, available 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.


Whilst we are currently working remotely in line with the Australian Government’s directive, the Defence SA team remains here to help, so please get in contact with us should you need any further assistance.