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, will legally be 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 8:00 am and 8:00 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) - 13 May 2020
Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4 (Revocation) (RTF, 85.7 KB) - 13 May 2020

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

Page last updated 14 May 2020