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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Queensland border restrictions for agribusiness, food manufacturing and commercial fishing workers

The Border Restriction Direction (No. 11) came into effect at 1:00am Saturday 8 August 2020. This direction will limit people coming into Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot. Anyone can enter Queensland, unless they've been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, or are a confirmed case of COVID-19.

People who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days will only be able to enter Queensland if they are a returning Queensland resident or required to enter for a limited range of essential activities.

Essential activities for which you may be allowed entry

Transporters of freight and logistics

Exemptions continue to be in place for people providing an essential activity in Queensland, such as transporters of freight and logistics to ensure the delivery of essential food and supplies. You do not need to apply for an exemption from the Chief Health Officer to undertake transport of freight or logistics into, from or through Queensland. You will need to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You must remain isolated from the general public in your vehicle or accommodation until you depart Queensland, or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter. You must also keep and retain records of close contacts while you are in Queensland for 2 weeks after you arrive in Queensland.

Specialist worker

Agribusiness, food manufacturing and commercial fishing are considered essential activities in Queensland. A specialist worker can only enter Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot if they are providing a service critical to Queensland (for example, critical agricultural operations necessary to maintain food supply). Exemptions will be considered on a case by case basis and will be very limited.

A business or company seeking an exemption to bring specialist workers into Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot must provide evidence that:

  • the services can’t be obtained in Queensland
  • the services must be provided without delay (or in a specified time critical period
  • the person needs to be physically present in Queensland to complete the duty
  • the company or service provider has a plan in place that follows the requirements specified by the Chief Health Officer to manage risks associated with COVID-19 (for example a workplace health management plan).

Upon arrival in Queensland, an exempt specialist worker will need to provide the following information:

  1. your status as an approved specialist worker; and
  2. the name of your employer; and
  3. that you are entering Queensland to go directly to work; and
  4. the location of the worksite; and
  5. the location of where you will be accommodated in Queensland while performing the essential activity.

Application process

The status of the person as a specialist worker must be approved by the Chief Health Officer through the exemption process. To apply for a specialist worker exemption:

  1. Complete the application for specialist worker exemption form
  2. Your application will be assessed against the criteria outlined in the industry applicants guidelines
  3. If approval is given, a letter will be sent to your business/company advising that the specialist worker(s) has been granted an exemption from the Chief Health Officer
  4. Your business/company should provide a copy of the letter to the relevant specialist worker to support their Border Declaration Pass on entry to Queensland.

Summary of requirements for a person entering Queensland to work in agribusiness and commercial fishing

  

Outside Australia in the last 14 days

You are required to quarantine in nominated premises for 14 days within Queensland.

Interstate (not a COVID-19 hotspot)

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You are not required to quarantine.

Interstate (not COVID-19 hotspot) and in the last 14 days have:

  • been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • had symptoms consistent with COVID-19

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You are required to quarantine in nominated premises for 14 days within Queensland.

COVID-19 hotspot (no exemption)

You are not allowed to enter Queensland.

COVID-19 hotspot – existing or new Queensland resident

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You are required to quarantine in nominated premises for 14 days within Queensland.

COVID-19 hotspot - essential activity exemption - specialist worker
Application for exemption required.

Quarantine requirements will be stipulated in your exemption approval.

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

COVID-19 hotspot  – essential activity - transport of freight and logistics

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You must minimise contact with the community for a period of 14 days; and keep and retain written records of close contacts for a 14-day period starting from the date you arrive in Queensland.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been cleared of COVID-19 (no exemption)You are not allowed to enter Queensland.

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Disclaimer

While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) does not invite reliance upon it, nor accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused by actions based on it.

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