Agribusiness continuity planning

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

COVID-19 set to peak at the end of winter 

Queensland's agriculture supply chain continues to face disruption from COVID-19 during the winter months. The end of winter is expected to bring a peak in COVID-19 cases in Queensland. Now is the time for all agricultural enterprises to ensure your business continuity plans are up-to-date and in action. 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.

Influenza vaccinations 

The free influenza vaccinations program in Queensland has closed. However, you can still access your vaccination through your General Practitioner (GP) or community health provider.

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 in May 2022. This assistance is in addition to concessional loans of up to $250,000 and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 at a concessional interest rate that are also available for impacted producers, and freight subsidies of up to $5,000. The grants can be used 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. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact QRIDA to check their eligibility before applying for a grant.

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

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 for symptoms for 7 days and during this time you must: 

  • monitor your symptoms 
  • wear a face mask whenever you leave home 
  • not enter a hospital, residential aged care facility or disability accommodation service 
  • immediately isolate and follow the rules for a diagnosed person if you take a COVID-19 test and receive a positive result. 

Previously diagnosed cases will not be subject to the close contact requirements for 28 days (previously 12 weeks).   See the Guidelines for close contacts in Queensland for further information.

 

Supply chain pressure is expected to continue throughout 2022 for the Queensland agriculture sector. All enterprises should have business continuity plans in place, have spoken to their suppliers to identify pressure points.

When developing your business continuity plan, consider the following:

  • cleaning and sanitation - adopt hygiene practices, provide sanitation products (e.g. hand sanitiser/wipes), and maintain cleaning of equipment and work surfaces
  • impact scenarios - plan for to operate with a reduced workforce, upskill employees to address capability gaps and identify how to source equipment and resources from other providers
  • support staff – encourage your staff to be vaccinated and seek a booster, provide interpreter or translation services for culturally diverse workers, and review leave and care arrangements.

Use the checklists for employers and employees in the Resources section of this page. A webinar video steps you through each stage when developing a business continuity plan.

Use the template in the Resources section of this page.

Boosters – COVID-19

COVID-19 boosters are available in Queensland.  Agribusinesses may wish to engage a private vaccination provider to deliver on-site vaccine boosters. This can be done through the Vaccine Administration Partners Program (VAPP) panel. The VAPP panel of immunisation providers was established by the Federal Government to support Australia's COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Once a contract with a workplace is in place, the VAPP provider will order COVID-19 vaccines through the National COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce to vaccinate the workplace. The lead time for ordering vaccines is currently two weeks.

Oral antiviral treatments are now available for those at higher risk from COVID-19. They need to be taken early after testing positive. To find out if you’re eligible talk to your GP or visit Australian Government: updated eligibility for oral COVID-19 treatments.   

Mask use recommended

Masks help stop the spread of viruses and its recommended to wear one indoors or if you can’t physically distance to protect yourself and colleagues. In this video, members of the community share their reasons for wearing a mask.

Business planning for food processing facilities

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