On Monday 18 October, the Queensland Government released the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families. The plan flags stages to reach quarantine-free travel into Queensland for double vaccinated people that can demonstrate negative tests for COVID-19 72 hours before arrival.
With regard to the quarantine requirements for workers under the Pacific LabourScheme and Seasonal Worker Programme entering Queensland, there is no change to current arrangements.
We envisage the current arrangements to be in place until at least December 2021, and possibly beyond. However, as the COVID-19 space is constantly evolving, we are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information, and if this situation changes, we will continue to keep you informed.
We understand that planning for your emergent workforce requirements is important, and we encourage you to continue to work with our team on the application process.
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More about the PLS/SWP programme:
Queensland has opted into the Australian Government's recommencement of the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) to address the expected labour shortage in agribusiness. Our main focus for meeting labour shortages is to attract and train Queenslanders. However, workforce shortages are still expected in this sector. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) leads the quarantine compliance for workers, supporting industry with their application processes.
There are three key requirements to participate in the PLS and SWP in Queensland:
Approved employers will need to allow at least 12 weeks between lodging a recruitment proposal and the arrival of workers in Queensland—this is due to the high demand for workers across Australia and New Zealand, and the additional recruitment approvals due to COVID-19.
DAF regionally-based Agriculture Coordination Officers (ACO) and industry-based Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) officers are available to assist enterprises navigate the approval process. To contact your closest ACO or QAWN officer, ring DAF on 13 25 23 and they will make the connection.
Our October newsletter is available now in the drop down list ... check it out for the latest in regional facilities approvals, Christmas quarantine arrangements, smaller quarantine cohort sizes and welcoming workers from new nations!
In line with the Pacific Labour Facility's Christmas Shutdown advice, Queensland will implement a no flight period for on-farm and regional quarantine from 6 December 2021. Queensland’s first flight post-Christmas/New Year will begin after 11 January 2022.
From 24 August 2021, there are now additional requirements for Approved Employers who wish to bring workers into Queensland under the PLS/SWP programs. These additional requirements are contained in the new Seasonal Workers International Quarantine Plans and Checklist Direction and form part of the International Quarantine Plan (IQP) completed by the Approved Employer.