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Queensland border restrictions and entry passes for agriculture

Queensland has border restrictions in place. There are exemptions for the agriculture and fisheries industry, as well as for freight and logistics, to ensure the delivery of essential food and supplies and services can continue.

People who are exempt, and their employers, must meet certain requirements before and after entering Queensland, for example applying for an entry (border) pass.

There are additional restrictions in place for entry to remote communities within Queensland, including a requirement for all travellers to self-quarantine for 14 days before entering, unless providing essential services.

Everyone must comply with social distancing and home confinement requirements while in Queensland.

People who are exempt from Queensland border restrictions

Only an exempt person or an exempt resident may enter Queensland. Exempt persons include:

  • a person who is an employee of a commercial fishing or agribusiness
  • a person who is transporting freight, or providing logistics for freight transport.

Summary of requirements for an exempt person entering Queensland

Origin of worker

Requirements

From outside Australia in the last 14 days

Quarantine in nominated place (hotel) for 14 days.

Commercial fishing or agribusiness worker who has come from a COVID-19 hotspot within Australia in the last 14 days

Self-quarantine for 14 days within Queensland, or prior to entry only if documentation can be provided from an interstate health authority.

Employer must have a health management plan.

Worker must have letter of employment, evidence of places of work and residence for the last 14 days, Queensland accommodation details, and self-quarantine (if already completed).

Social distancing and home confinement requirements still apply.

Commercial fishing or agribusiness worker coming from interstate (not a COVID-19 hotspot)

You are not required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Employer must have a health management plan.

Worker must have letter of employment, evidence of places of work and residence for the last 14 days, and Queensland accommodation details.

Social distancing and home confinement requirements still apply.

Freight or transport of goods workers

Drivers of heavy vehicles carrying freight or goods across the border don’t have to apply for an entry pass.

You are not required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Workers must practise social distancing, including by remaining at least 1.5m from other people wherever possible.

Resident living and working near the border

You are not required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

As a worker, you must enter Queensland for the purpose of work and not stay in Queensland longer than reasonably necessary for this purpose.

Social distancing and home confinement requirements still apply.

Steps for agribusiness employers, including labour hire companies

  1. Prepare a health management plan for your workplace based on the workplace health management plan template (DOCX, 249KB) and send it to covid.plans@health.qld.gov.au. The health plan includes screening steps to ensure that workers:
    • have not been outside Australia in the last 14 days
    • have not been in close contact with someone who has had coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • have not had a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours
    • are otherwise well and fit for work.
  2. Prepare evidence of employment for each worker, stating:
    • their name
    • your business name and address
    • address where they will be working, and staying, if you're providing accommodation
    • that they will be employed by your agribusiness or commercial fishing business from their commencement date
    • that your business has a health management plan to manage preventing the transmission of COVID-19 amongst its employees and the community, and the plan complies with the requirements specified by the Chief Health Officer.
  3. Ensure that employees are aware of requirements and that they apply in advance for an entry pass and carry the necessary documentation.
  4. Follow the health plan and other workplace health and safety requirements.

Read more about what is required from agribusinesses who employ seasonal workers.

Steps for commercial fishing or agribusiness workers or contractors coming from interstate

  1. Apply for a entry pass online, as an 'Agribusiness or commercial fishing worker or contractor'. A separate pass is required for each individual entering Queensland. The pass is returned within a few minutes after you apply. You should print it and display on your passenger-side visor, windscreen or dashboard.
  2. Carry the following documentation:
    • a completed Queensland border pass
    • a letter or email from your employer proving that you have secured work, including your start date and period of employment
    • accommodation details proving you have accommodation organised in Queensland
    • a record of your work and residence in the last 14 days.
  3. If you have entered Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot, you'll also need evidence of self-quarantine for 14 days prior to entry, or details of the accommodation in Queensland where you will self-quarantine.
  4. Follow social distancing and home confinement directions during travel.
  5. Proceed directly to your workplace.

Follow all requirements of the health management plan, workplace health and safety requirements, and home-confinement and social-distancing requirements.

Entry to the Northern Territory

A person providing services for transport or freight of goods and related logistics into the Northern Territory are automatically exempt from the requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days. They must produce identification or documentation to prove they meet the criteria.

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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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