Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction
What has changed from 3 November 2020
The Direction has been updated to accommodate workers coming to Queensland under the Australian Government Pacific Labour Scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme.
To ensure a seasonal workforce for Queensland’s harvest this year, the Queensland Government is putting measures in place to reduce transmission of COVID-19 amongst employees, seasonal workers and the local community.
Businesses who employ seasonal workers must have a health management plan and be operating in accordance to this plan. This includes agribusinesses, commercial fisheries, and labour hire firms.
Health management plans are also required for:
- private or charter transportation providers who provide services to businesses who employ or house seasonal workers
- accommodation facilities that house seasonal workers
A health management plan demonstrates compliance with COVID-19 Queensland Public Health Directions and outlines ways the business is minimising risks of COVID-19 transmission.
What this means for seasonal workers
- You are able to come to Queensland to work in agribusiness and commercial fishing, but you must comply with specific public health directions.
- Before entering Queensland, you will need a border pass, details of where you have travelled/lived for the last 14 days, and written confirmation of where you will be working and staying.
- If you have been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, you will also need to provide evidence of where you will quarantine for 14 days.
- Refer to Border restrictions Direction for more information.
What this means for businesses who employ seasonal workers
- You can employ seasonal workers, including backpackers, to meet harvesting demand during COVID-19.
- You must have a health management plan in place and comply with the requirements in the plan for the ongoing management, housing and transport of seasonal workers. A template health management plan is available on Queensland Health’s website
- If you hire seasonal workers who are currently based in other Australian states or territories, you must provide them with written confirmation of their job to allow them to cross the border.
- Seasonal workers may also need help with securing suitable accommodation prior to entering Queensland.
What this means for approved businesses who employ workers under the Australian Government Pacific Labour Scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme (PLS/SWP)
- You must have an endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan that is endorsed by Queensland Health prior to the arrival of a PLS/SWP worker and complies with the Guidelines for ‘on farm’ quarantine of PLS and SWP workers in Queensland.
- You must provide this plan to each accommodation facility or workforce transportation provider that accommodates or transports the PLS/SWP worker
- Provide a copy of the endorsed plan to an emergency public health officer when requested.
For more information
- Work in Queensland – information for seasonal workers, including temporary visa holders
- Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction
- Border restrictions Direction
- Accommodating seasonal workers
- Transporting seasonal workers
- Employing seasonal workers in agribusiness and commercial fisheries—COVID-19