Preparing your business
This site has resources and information to help Queensland agribusinesses prepare and respond to COVID-19 incidents in the workplace.
Businesses should continually review their plans as the situation changes, talk to their key suppliers and keep up-to-date with the latest information.
Continuity planning & supply chain disruption
As we enter winter 2022, Queensland's agriculture supply chain is continuing to face disruption from COVID-19. Agribusinesses need to be agile in this continuing situation. This includes having business continuity measures in place, review them regularly and be operating in a COVID-19 safe environment. Keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information.
This site has resources and information to help Queensland agribusinesses to manage COVID-19 incidents in the workplace. Businesses should communicate regularly with their key suppliers, implement workforce attraction strategies well in advance and keep up-to-date with the latest information.
SEQ disaster recovery information
Financial recovery assistance up to $75,000 is now available for eligible primary producers impacted by the South East Queensland rainfall and flooding event. This assistance includes concessional loans of up to $250,000 and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 at a concessional interest rate, and freight subsidies of up to $5,000. Grants of up to $75,000 are available to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing and other costs associated with the recovery process.
Eligible producers should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application. Please date stamp these photographs to show the damage is from this natural disaster event.
Impacted primary producers outside of the activated disaster area can still seek Individual Disaster Stricken Property Declaration (IDSP) assistance.
Grant applications are administered by QRIDA. For more details or to apply visit qrida.qld.gov.au or freecall 1800 623 946. A QRIDA fact sheet is also available to download on this eHub in the SEQ disaster recovery tab of the resources section.
Contacts for Business Continuity Planning support
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has support, links and information available on this eHub and regionally based Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) officers are available to assist. Enterprises looking for tech-based solutions can also visit DAF’s AgTech Portal to search our AgTech Finder and connect with innovation hubs and founders across the state.
Support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) workers
A number of resources, including translated fact sheets, infographics and videos, to assist employers support their CALD workforce members through COVID-19 disruption is available in the documents section on the right, and on our PLS/SWP eHub.
Guidelines for close contacts in Queensland
The previous process for allowing critically essential workers who were close contacts to resume work no longer applies as close contact rules have changed in Queensland. If you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19 but do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine and can leave your home for any reason, including work. You must monitor your symptoms for 7 days and during this time you must:
- wear a mask at all times when outside the home
- not visit vulnerable settings e.g. hospitals, aged care and disability facilities unless in exceptional or compassionate circumstands
- test for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms. You must stay home until your symptoms resolve.
See the Guidelines for close contacts in Queensland for further information.