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Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction

Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction

This content was last updated on 6 May 2020.

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.

From 5 May 2020, 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. 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.

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