When the Prime Minister makes recommendations to the states about restriction guidelines relating to COVID-19, each state must then consider how those recommendations will be applied. They are not enforceable in South Australia until the State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens, enacts a Direction.

The South Australian Directions apply to everyone living in, and entering, South Australia.

Direction details

On 31 March 2020, the State Coordinator made a Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit surgery to emergency surgery only.

Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4) Direction 2020 is now revoked.

This came into effect on 13 May 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Revoking the Direction means that all types of surgeries, including elective and cosmetic surgery, are permitted in South Australia.

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website to read about the lifting of limitations on surgical treatment.

Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4 (Revocation) (PDF, 236.0 KB) - 24 June 2020
Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4 (Revocation) (RTF, 85.7 KB) - 24 June 2020

Frequently asked questions (PDF, 465.9 KB) - 19 May 2020
Frequently asked questions (DOCX, 172.2 KB) - 24 June 2020

Page last updated: 26 June 2020