SA Legislation

(Last updated 8 September 2020, 9:30am)

This page is divided into four sections. The material in each section is inserted in reverse chronological order of enactment (this is for ease of updating given how rapidly things are changing). The dates provided are the effective date of the relevant instruments.

The first sets out the principal legislation that confers powers upon the state government to take action to prevent the entry, establishment or spread of COVID-19. It includes the various instruments made under that Act. 

In addition to the powers of the state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the state government plays a crucial role in regulating the economy. The legislation enacted by the State to address the broader economic and societal consequences of COVID-19 is to be found in the second section, Amending Legislation, immediately below. 

The third section, Legislative Instruments, includes legislative instruments made under the Principal Legislation, the Amending Legislation, and under existing legislative provisions. 

The final section contains legislative instruments that are no longer current, having been repealed or superseded by other instruments, of whose operation is spent.

Principal Legislation

Public Health Act 2011

Emergency Management Act 2004

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 5 September 2020

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 13) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 28 August 2020

Approval of Extension of a Major Emergency Declaration by the Governor – 20 August 2020

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 14 August 2020

Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Thebarton Senior College Isolation) Direction 2020 – 6 August 2020

Approval of Extension of a Major Emergency Declaration by the Governor – 25 July 2020

Approval of Extension of a Major Emergency Declaration by the Governor – 27 June 2020

Emergency Management (Reporting on COVID-19 Testing No 2) Direction 2020 – 5 June 2020

Approval of Extension of a Major Emergency Declaration by the Governor – 28 May 2020

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4) (Revocation) Direction 2020 – 13 May 2020

Approval of Extension of a Major Emergency Declaration by the Governor – 30 April 2020 (see page 834 of linked PDF)

Declaration of a Notifiable and a Controlled Notifiable Condition – 3 April 2020

Extension of Major Emergency Declaration – 2 April 2020

Emergency Management (Prohibition of Point of Care Serology Tests) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 2 April 2020

Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Isolation Following Diagnosis or Close Contact) Direction 2020 – 28 March 2020

Emergency Management (Continuation of Overseas Travel Self-Quarantine)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 28 March 2020

Declaration of Major Emergency – 22 March 2020

Amending Legislation

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Bail) Amendment Act 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Further Measures) Amendment Act 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Further Measures) (No 2) Amendment Act 2020

South Australian Public Health (Controlled Notifiable Conditions) Amendment Act 2020

Local Government (Public Health Emergency) Amendment Act 2020

Emergency Management (Quarantine Fees and Penalty) Amendment Act 2020

Legislative Instruments

COVID-19 Emergency Response (General) Regulations 2020 – 13 August 2020 (see page 4271 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response Modification of requirements relating to laying reports before Parliament Expiry Notice 2020 – 7 August 2020 (see page 4314 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 14) (No 3) Variation Regulations 2020 – 30 July 2020 (see page 4113 of linked PDF)

South Australian Public Health (Notifiable and Controlled Notifiable Conditions) (SARS-CoV-2) Variation Regulations 2020 – 16 July 2020 (see page 3819 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response Residential Tenancies Expiry Notice 2020 – 30 June 2020 (see page 3724 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 14) (No 2) Variation Regulations 2020 – 25 June 2020 (see page 3556 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 16) (No 1) Variation Regulations 2020 – 25 June 2020 (see page 3558 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response Supported Residential Facilities Expiry Notice 2020 – 24 June 2020 (see page 3598 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 14) (No 1) Variation Regulations 2020 – 21 May 2020 (see page 2468 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 14) Regulations 2020 – 21 May 2020 (see page 2453 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Commercial Leases No 2) Regulations 2020 – 15 May 2020

Guidelines under Clause 4 of Schedule 1 COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 – Special Provisions Relating to Detention of Certain Protected Persons during COVID-19 Pandemic – 20 April 2020 (see page 812 of linked PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 17) Regulations 2020 – 20 April 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 16) Regulations 2020 – 20 April 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Commercial Leases) Regulations 2020 – 16 April 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Schedule 1) Regulations 2020 – 14 April 2020

Cost of Living Concessions (COVID-19 JobSeeker Household Payment) Variation Regulations 2020 – 9 April 2020

Section 203 Notice of Exemption [made under the Rail Safety National Law (SA)] – 9 April 2020

Development (Public Health Emergency) Variation Regulations 2020 – 9 April 2020

Administrative Arrangements (Administration of COVID-19 Emergency Response Act) Proclamation 2020 – 9 April 2020

Public Health Emergency: Public Access and Public Consultation (No 2) – 8 April 2020

Electronic Participation in Council Meetings Notice (No 1) 2020 – 31 March 2020

Controlled Substances (Poisons) (Emergency Supply – Human Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)) Notice 2020 – 27 March 2020

Superseded Instruments

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 28 August 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 21 August 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 13) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 14 August 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 11) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 14 August 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 5 August 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 10) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 29 July 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 11) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 29 July 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 19 July 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 10) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 9 July 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 9 July 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 29 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 20 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 20 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 19 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 19 June 2020 – 19 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 18 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Reporting on COVID-19 Testing) Direction 2020 – 3 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Reporting on COVID-19 Testing No 2) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 1 June 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 22 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 22 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Gatherings No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 22 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 22 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management Cross Border Travel (No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 11 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel Direction 2020 No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 11 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management Cross Border Travel (No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 11 May 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4) Direction 2020 – 27 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4) (Revocation) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 21 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Gatherings No 2)(COVID-19) – 16 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Gatherings No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 16 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel Direction 2020 No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 15 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 10 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 10 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 3) Direction 2020 – 3 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 2) Direction 2020 – 1 April 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 3) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 31 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic) Direction 2020 – 31 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 2) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 29 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Gatherings)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 28 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Gatherings No 2)(COVID-19)]

Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 28 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 – 28 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Cross-border Travel Direction – 24 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 2)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Non-Essential Business and Other Gatherings Closure Direction (No 2) – 25 March 2020 [revoked by Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities)(COVID-19) Direction 2020]

Non-Essential Business and Other Gatherings Closure Direction – 23 March 2020 [revoked by Non-Essential Business and Other Gatherings Closure Direction (No 2)]

Directions of Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Wellbeing Mass Gatherings (No 2) – 22 March 2020

Visitors to Residential Aged Care Centres – 22 March 2020

Self-Quarantine Following Overseas Travel (No 2) – 17 March 2020

Self-Quarantine Following Overseas Travel – 17 March 2020

Declaration of a Public Health Emergency – 15 March 2020