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April 24, 2020

There have been a number of enquiries in relation to leasing and I would like to confirm SAPML and its Board intend to work with all affected tenants and stakeholders in these unprecedented circumstances.
On a positive note, trading activity within the Market precinct has generally continued to be strong during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are hopeful this continues.
SAPML has focused significant resources and efforts in ensuring that the Market remains open for business and that all tenants have a safe environment within which to operate their respective businesses and we will continue to adapt and respond to changing requirements.
SAPML understands COVID-19 has impacted tenants to differing degrees. Some businesses have been able to continue trading without any undue financial hardship to this point (with some even having benefited). However we also recognise that some businesses appear to have faced significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 mandated restrictions.
The Federal Government's introduction of the Code sets a number of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies between landlords and tenants. This Code applies to all tenancies that are suffering financial stress or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper program.
These principles have now been developed by the SAPML Board, at the time of writing this update, the final regulations have not been mandated by the State Government.
If you are a tenant of the South Australian Produce Market and believe you qualify under the Code because you are in financial distress or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please email registering your intent to seek rent relief. SAPML will write to each applicant and obtain additional information and will discuss this further on an individual and confidential basis.

This morning the State Treasurer has announced further Land Tax relief in the form of a 25% reduction in 2019-20 Land Tax in certain circumstances.  This relief only applies where tenants are in financial hardship, as defined by the Jobkeeper program, and it is not clear whether the relief will be given proportionately to SAPML to pass on to individual tenants.  It is unlikely that the Market precinct will qualify overall under the current conditions.  We will be working with the State Government to see what outcomes we can achieve for SAPML, and which in turn can be passed on to all tenants. 

Angelo Demasi
Chief Executive Officer


The Business Continuity Plan – COVID-19 continues to evolve keeping abreast of changes which are occurring as a reflection of updated advice received from relevant Authorities. 

Attached is a copy of the latest version of the updated Business Continuity Plan – COVID-19.  Please take particular note of the following update:

As a reflection of the COVID-19 advice which has changed the trace-back time period of a case on site from 24 hours to 48 hours all of the flowcharts have been updated accordingly.

All of the flowcharts have been updated accordingly along with an additional Contact Tracing Form which has been included in the Appendices of the Plan.

This can be used in an event where anyone has had close contact on site.  This will help to ensure we trace back everyone that that person has been in contact with in the 48 hour period prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19.

View Updated Plan Here


As the impacts of COVID-19 were beginning to signal serious ramifications for South Australia, Business SA instigated an industry summit to bring together representatives of a broad range of associations and community organisations to discuss a path through the crisis.

Business SA, South Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, invited SAPML's CEO Angelo Demasi to participate.  A Summit Report has now been published highlighting 13 key recommendations.
  1. Provide a Fringe Benefits Tax Exemption for at least 12 months to aid recovery in the hospitality sector.
  2. Instigate a “made in SA’ campaign to enable a manufacturing led recovery, including support for re-tooling and re-purposing of existing manufacturers, increased awareness of locally made across the community, and a permanent increase in the instant asset write-off threshold for purchasing Australian manufactured goods. 
  3. Relax the eligibility criteria for the Federal apprentice and trainee wage subsidy and consider a payroll tax exemption to ensure employers are best placed to maintain or hire apprentices and trainees throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
  4. Providing additional funding support to fast-track maintenance projects across all Government funded institutions during COVID-19, including institutions such as TAFE. This should also extend to local Councils and Schools which can focus on projects like pool upgrades.
  5. Provide additional relief to assist both tenants and landlords through COVID-19, including a waiver (not deferral) on council rates, land tax and the emergency service levy (ESL) and where practicable, from 1 January 2020 to support compromised business cash flows.
  6. Establish a fund to complete main street and activity centre beautification projects to aid the retail and hospitality sector recovery, including as a compliment to supporting a tourism led recovery.
  7. Fast track the digitisation of Government services, and provide additional support for businesses most significantly impacted by COVID-19 to digitise their own business operations.
  8. Implement a boosted first home-buyers grant and a home-renovators grant to stimulate post COVID-19 demand in the construction sector.
  9. Fast-track feasibility studies to ensure optimum available shovel ready infrastructure projects post COVID-19, and consider projects which may now be more achievable with reduced traffic flows, including concreting of the South-Eastern Freeway.
  10. Develop a multi-faceted tourism campaign to assist the economy to rebound from COVID-19, including a focus on major leisure and business events from horse racing to conferences and waive associated Government charges, including for policing.
  11. Encourage Councils to provide more direct financial relief to assist businesses through COVID-19, and to support Regional Chambers of Commerce to carry out their work assisting business directly.
  12. Ensure all regions benefit from Government funded infrastructure projects to assist the entire State’s economic recovery.
  13. Provide some targeted support for South Australia’s international students reliant on local part time employment but ineligible for JobKeeper, recognising this as the State’s largest single export sector.

Click Here to Access the Full Report

For information regarding Primary Industries and COVID-19, including all industry updates please visit PIRSA’s COVID-19 Primary Industries Portal.

Latest information added includes:
  • New airfreight network
  • Identifying critical issues impacting agricultural industry
  • Expanding criteria for witnessing Statutory Declarations
  • Jobkeeper Payment
  • ABARES - Impacts of COVID-19
  • Upcoming Webinars


Step by step instructions on how to download the app and complete the online form are available by clicking on the following link:

Please note there will continue to be two categories of Health Screening Forms being for Cardholders and Non-Cardholders. It is important to ensure you complete the correct form.


Step by step instructions on how to save the link to the daily health screening form to the home page of your smart phone.

Click Here for Instructions.


Step by step instructions on how to download and use the digital health screening form for entry to the Market.

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There are two options for completing the online Health Screening Form
Option 1 (Preferred Process for shortest wait time at Gate)
  • Go to the following link
  • Login in, complete and submit the Health Screening Form (your responses will be valid for a 12-hour period from submission)
  • Arrive at the Market and open the app on your mobile device
  • Select “Scan” from the top right corner of the screen on the app
  • Scan the QR code at the gate
  • Confirm the prompted question that your submitted answers are still correct
  • Have your temperature read by the Gate attendant
  • Complete and enter the Market
Option 2
  • Arrive at the Market and open the downloaded app
  • Select “Scan” from the top right corner of the screen on the app
  • Scan the QR code at the gate
  • Complete and submit the Health Screening Form (your responses will be valid for a 12-hour period)
  • Confirm the prompted question that your submitted answers are correct
  • Have your temperature read by the Gate attendant
  • Complete and enter the Market
For any questions in relation to the Digital Health Screening - please contact Sharna on or call 8349 4493
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