Online Community Engagement Software

Managing the 2021 grain harvest


  • General requirements checklist

    If you develop COVID-19 symptoms isolate and seek medical advice immediately

    Use check in apps where available

    Workers and visitors must check in to all agribusiness work locations visited using the Check In Qld app.

    Agribusinesses must have the relevant QR code for the check-in app displayed prominently. Any Queensland agribusiness employing workers moving for the grain harvest is required to use the Check in Qld app.

    Make it easy to practice good hygiene

    Have cleaning equipment available. For example, all vehicles and workers should be equipped and supplied with cleaning supplies including disposable gloves, disinfectant spray, cleaning wipes, hand sanitiser/soap and water and appropriate rubbish containers.

    Have a COVID safe plan for your business

    Each state provides appropriate templates for COVID safe plans. Contact the relevant state jurisdiction for information.

    In Queensland, any business employing seasonal workers—which includes farmers and contractors employing harvest workers gathering for the grain harvest—must adopt the COVID safe checklist—seasonal worker businesses, which includes the requirement for the Check In Qld app and to have a work health and safety risk framework (such as a health management plan or work health and safety plan) that addresses COVID risks.

    Have a business continuity plan

    We recommend businesses undertake business continuity planning to consider how they would operate if one or more workers were required to quarantine and unable to work. If a COVID-19 case is detected within harvest workers, all workers who are close contacts will need to quarantine—either because they have come into contact with the worker, or because they were at an exposure site at the same time as a positive COVID-19 case. In Queensland, household members of a close contact are designated as secondary contacts and are also subject to quarantine. These workers will be unable to enter Queensland, or if they have already entered Queensland, will be quarantined and unable to continue harvest operations.

    If a worker is feeling unwell have an isolation plan in place

    If a worker has symptoms of COVID-19, they will need to isolate and get tested immediately. Plan for how they will remain isolated from their team. For health advice contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000). Follow the direction of local health authorities concerning isolation and treatment. For non-urgent or other medical advice consider a GP telehealth consultation.

    Get tested

    Freight operators and workers coming into Queensland under the Farmer and agribusiness worker class exemption will need evidence of a negative test taken in the 7 days prior. Regular testing and evidence of negative test results will help businesses manage the risks of COVID-19.

    Get vaccinated

    It may be a requirement for workers to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination (for example, specialist or essential workers entering Queensland) and you should anticipate that full vaccination may be required in future. Businesses may wish to facilitate vaccination for workers and put in place measures to ensure that workers have a record of their vaccination, to help manage business risks and the health and safety of their workers.

    Work in a small ‘team bubble’

    You should work and isolate in a small work team and keep separate as much as possible from other workers, to minimise the chance that you and your team will need to quarantine.