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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 using the Check In Qld app.

    Agribusinesses must have the relevant QR code for the check-in app displayed prominently at each entrance. 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 workplan for your business

    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.

    Certain pass types will require a quarantine management plan to be developed. Templates can be found in the 'resources' area on the right hand side.

    Use your business continuity plan

    We recommend businesses undertake business continuity planning to manage a positive case. Should a COVID-19 case be detected, harvest workers who are close contacts will need to quarantine because they have come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case. In Queensland, household members of a close contact are designated as secondary contacts and are also subject to quarantine.

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

    If a worker has COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to isolate and get tested. Plan for how they can remain isolated from others. For health advice contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Follow the direction of local health authorities concerning isolation and treatment.

    Get tested

    Freight operators and workers using the Farmer and agribusiness worker class exemption require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 7 days prior to entry.

    Get vaccinated

    Operators entering Queensland need to be fully vaccinated.

    Work in a small ‘team bubble’

    By working and isolating in a small work team it will minimise the chance that you and your team will need to isolate.