Premier Steven Marshall has confirmed South Australia’s hard border with Victoria will remain, after the eastern state recorded 374 new COVID-19 cases today.
The news comes after a meeting of the Transition Committee, with Premier Marshall stating the vast majority of Victoria’s cases are still under investigation.
This morning, Attorney-General Vickie Chapman revealed an amendment to the Emergency Management Act, inserting a maximum penalty of up to two years imprisonment for disregarding South Australia’s strong border restrictions.
The mandatory 14 day isolation will remain for those wishing to enter South Australia from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory,
The Premier stated he is pleased with the way NSW authorities are managing the three clusters.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also announced the extension of the JobKeeper payment, now set to run until March 28 2021 under a two-tiered payment system.
The $1,500 per fortnight flat payment will be reduced to $1,200 per fortnight from September 28, and to $1,000 per fortnight from January 4, 2021.
Lower payment rates will apply for those who work part-time, or fewer than 20 hours per week (from September 28).
“This will be music to the ears of many South Australian businesses and their employees, who now have greater certainty and peace of mind as they continue to recover from the greatest economic challenge of our time,” said Treasurer Rob Lucas.