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Managing the 2021 grain harvest

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With high commodity prices, the 2.7 million tonne grain harvest is poised to deliver in the order of $1 billion to the regional Queensland economy at farm-gate.

Requirements from 1am Tuesday 5 October 2021

Freight and logistics operators coming to Queensland from another state or territory need to follow the mandatory requirements in the Operational protocol for freight movements entering Queensland from 5 October.

More information is available on the Freight and logistics operators webpage.

You should prepare a simple checklist to work through the issues that need to be considered when planning for the 2021 grains harvest.

Create your own tailored checklist by choosing the sections below that are relevant to you. 

You should include:

  • Requirements for entry to Queensland/moving across state borders, as:
    • Freight and logistics including moving grain harvest machinery and/or equipment, such as chaser bins, tractors, mother bins and other mobile grain storage, moving grain from harvest to bulk handling sites (F pass). See section under 'pass type' tab for more information. All harvester, chaser bin, grain cartage and harvest crew logistics and maintenance personnel seeking entry with an F pass must travel together in a harvest team with the main harvester machinery.
    • Grain handling or operating staff that are residents of the NSW non-restricted border zone or Queensland workers can cross the border for work that can’t be reasonably done at home. An X pass is required. See section under 'pass type' tab for more information.
    • Grain handling or operating staff and a resident of Queensland or the NSW restricted border zone – Farmer and agribusiness class exemption (Z pass). See section under 'pass type' tab for more information.
    • Harvest, grain handling or specialist service providers from outside the Queensland–NSW border zone – Specialist and essential worker exemption (S pass). See section under 'pass type' tab for more information.

For more information on entry requirements to Queensland and quarantine management plans, watch here.

General requirements checklist

A checklist of general requirements apply to harvest teams, grain producers, grain cartage and harvest operators in and outside of the NSW border zone.

Requirements relevant to your role

Information for harvest teams, grain producers, grain cartage, and specialist equipment and service providers, grain handlers and silo operators within the NSW border zone.

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#Freight and Logistics Pass—F pass

#Essential or specialist workers – S pass

#Farmer and agribusiness class exemption (restricted border zone) - Z pass

#Border Zone Travel (non-restricted border zone) – X pass

 

 

Freight and Logistics Pass—F pass

If you are moving equipment across the border with an associated workforce travelling in harvest team, you can enter Queensland by following the requirements under the Freight and Logistics Pass—F pass. 

You must adhere to the requirements of the Queensland Freight Protocol.

• Prepare your COVID-19 safe workplan

Your workplan must include details on how you will remain isolated at all times, including while travelling, working and at your accommodation. Check our example template (in resources area) relevant to grain harvesters entering Queensland.  

Negative COVID-19 test within 7 days prior to entering Queensland

Testing is mandatory. 

The dedicated heavy vehicle COVID-19 testing sites are located at Caltex Goondiwindi, Boondall, BP Charlton and Port of Brisbane. Continue with a rolling 7-day testing cycle.

Carry a copy of your COVID-19 safe workplan

A version with examples relevant to grain harvesters entering Queensland can be found here.

•  Get vaccinated 

Freight and logistics operators are required to have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by 15 October and have their second dose (or a booking) by 15 November.

•  Apply online for a Queensland entry pass

Apply online for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass – Freight and Logistics (F Pass)

If you are moving the harvest machinery (e.g. driving the low loader), you should select ‘heavy vehicle driver’ to describe your employment.

• Carry your documents
Ensure you have evidence of your negative test and any other relevant documents.

Follow the plan

While in Queensland you must remain isolated from the general community and comply with your quarantine management plan at all times.

Follow stay at home requirements until 14 days have passed from the time when you have been in another state or territory unless you are fully vaccinated. 

• If purchasing and eating food, only consume food in a location where you can reliably distance by at least 1.5 metres.

• Keep records of your close contacts

• Wear a mask

Wear a mask for all itneractions and minimise the time taken for loading and unloading. 

• Stay at home

Freight and logistics operators must only remain in Queensland for the period of time required to perform their duties and are only permitted to leave their vehicle for essential purpose. They must follow stay-at-home requirements while in Queensland, unless they are fully vaccinated.

Operators returning to Queensland after their work has been completed will also need to follow stay-at-home requirements until 14 days have passed. 

Essential or specialist workers – S pass

•  Prepare your quarantine management plan

Your quarantine management plan must include details on how you will remain isolated at all times, including while travelling, working and at your accommodation. Check our example template (in resources area) with specific information to consider.z

Queensland Police Service and Queensland Government agencies will be doing compliance checks on Quarantine Management Plans. Penalties apply for non-compliance under the Public Health Act 2005.

•  Apply online for your specialist worker exemption

Apply online through the COVID-19 services portal for an exemption as an essential or specialist worker.

You will need to provide evidence of:

  • a written explanation of the essential activity you will be undertaking in Queensland
  • documentation that demonstrates why this service is critical to Queensland
  • why this activity cannot be performed by someone in Queensland
  • a quarantine management plan that details how you will remain isolated from anyone else in Queensland
  • at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Allow at least 7 days for your application to be processed.

•  Apply online for a Queensland entry pass

Once you have your exemption approved, apply online for a Queensland entry pass. You will need to answer that you personally have an exemption granted by the Chief Health Officer.

•  Carry your documents

You need to carry the following documents with you and be able to provide them to officers on the border or an emergency health officer on request:
•    your letter of endorsement
•    your quarantine management plan
•    evidence you have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

•  Follow the plan

While in Queensland you must remain isolated from the general community and comply with your quarantine management plan at all times.

•  Keep records of your close contacts

•  Wear a face mask where you can't physically distance by at least 1.5 metres

 

Farmer and agribusiness class exemption (restricted border zone) - Z pass

•  Prepare your quarantine management plan

Your quarantine management plan must include details on how you will remain isolated at all times, including while travelling, working and at your accommodation. Check our example template (in resources area) with specific information to consider is.

•  Apply online for a Queensland entry pass

Apply online for a Queensland entry pass. You will need to select that ‘none of the above’ apply for the question ‘do any of the following accurately describe your situation’, and then answer that a class exemption granted by the Chief Health Officer applies to you. 

Once approved, you will be issued with a Z pass.

•  Carry your documents

You need to carry the following documents with you and be able to provide them to officers on the border or an emergency health officer on request:

  • a copy of the class exemption letter
  • your quarantine management plan
  • evidence you have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • evidence of your identity and place of residence, e.g. licence
  • employment, contract, property ownership, lease or agistment arrangements
  • a negative COVID-19 test result received within 7 days prior to entering Queensland.

•  A negative COVID-19 test within 7 days prior to entering Queensland

Continue a rolling 7-day testing cycle while you are moving across the border.

•  Vaccination

Evidence of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is required

•  Wear a face mask where you can't physically distance by at least 1.5 metres

•​​​​​​​  Keep records of your close contacts

•​​​​​​​  Follow the plan

While in Queensland you must remain isolated from the general community and comply with your quarantine management plan at all times.

•​​​​​​​  Stay at home

If you're a NSW resident in the NSW restricted border zone and staying overnight in Queensland, or a Queensland resident returning home following work in the restricted border zone, you will need to comply with the stay at home requirements in part 6A of the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 41) or its successor for 14 days. The stay-at-home requirements state that you must not leave the residence or temporary accommodation, except for permitted reasons, and you may have no more than two visitors per day.

•​​​​​​​  Multiple movements are allowed across the Queensland and New South Wales Restricted Border Zone

Border Zone Travel – X pass

•​​​​​​​  Apply online for a Queensland entry pass—Border Zone Travel

If you are a resident of Queensland or the NSW border zone, and you have not travelled outside the NSW non-restricted border zone in the previous 14 days or received visitors from the restricted border zone, you can apply online for a Queensland entry pass – Border Zone Travel (X pass). 

•​​​​​​​  Carry your documents

You need to carry the following documents with you and be able to provide them to officers on the border or an emergency health officer on request:

  • evidence you have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • evidence of your identity and place of residence, e.g. licence

•​​​​​​​  Keep records of your close contacts

•​​​​​​​  Wear a face mask where you can't physically distance by at least 1.5 metres.

•​​​​​​​  Keep your stay short

For NSW border zone residents, only stay in Queensland for the time necessary to complete the activity.

For Queensland residents, only stay in the NSW border zone for the time necessary to complete the activity.