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

Travelling from interstate

If you're travelling from another state or territory you can enter Queensland, unless you've been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days. People who have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days will not be able to enter Queensland, unless an exception or an exemption applies (following Border Direction 18 from 1 December 2020).

Those coming from a hotspot area may apply for an exemption and are required to have a valid border pass to enter Queensland .

It's important to plan your entry to Queensland. You should apply for a border pass at least 3 business days before you plan to travel.

Specialist or essential workers travelling from a COVID hotspot

Specialist or essential worker (S Pass)

A specialist or essential worker is a person who is endorsed as a specialist or essential worker by a relevant Queensland Government agency and provides services that:

  • are needed in Queensland
  • cannot be obtained in Queensland
  • must be provided without delay
  • the person must be physically present in Queensland to provide the service
  • the person's employer or business has a quarantine management plan.

Endorsements are considered on a case-by-case basis against strict criteria. We are unable to discuss individual circumstances and applications.

Employers are strongly encouraged to have resourcing and workforce plans in place and not just rely on specialist worker or essential worker endorsements being granted.

You should allow at least 7 working days for your specialist or essential application to be assessed and a further 3 days once notified of the outcome for processing of your electronic border pass.

Before applying for a specialist or essential worker border pass (S Pass) you must first apply for and receive an endorsement as a specialist or essential worker.

You only need to apply for a specialist or essential worker exemption if you are a farmer or agribusiness worker who is coming from a COVID-19 hotspot.

The status of the person as a specialist or essential worker must be endorsed by the relevant Queensland Government agency before they may enter Queensland.

Specialist or essential worker endorsement applications may be submitted either by the employer, government agency or entity that the specialist worker is working or contracting for or by the worker who is seeking the endorsement with their employer's support.

If a worker is self-employed, they may apply themselves, with details of their business.

An application for a specialist-worker endorsement should be made via the COVID-19 services portal with the following evidence:

  1. A written explanation of the essential activity the specialist worker will be undertaking in Queensland
  2. Documentation that demonstrates why this service is critical to Queensland. It must detail why:
    • these services are needed in Queensland
    • these services cannot be obtained in Queensland
    • these services must be provided without delay
    • the specialist worker must be physically present in Queensland to provide the service or perform the duty.
  3. The application must include as attachments:

If an endorsement is granted, the specialist worker will need to provide the following information on arrival in Queensland:

  1. their border declaration pass (essential activity)
  2. evidence of their status as an approved specialist worker (the letter of endorsement from a Queensland Government agency)
  3. the quarantine management plan.

The specialist or essential worker must carry the letter of endorsement and quarantine management plan at all times, while in Queensland.

Transporters of freight and logistics

Exceptions continue to be in place for transporters of freight and logistics to ensure the delivery of essential food and supplies.

The Queensland freight protocol came into effect on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

The protocol applies to heavy vehicle drivers, rail crew and drivers, passenger transport operations, non-heavy vehicle commercial freight operators, logistics and support workers, and any other persons essential to the delivery of freight in the course of a commercial freight movement, if they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in Queensland.

How to apply for a freight and logistics border pass (F pass)

  • If you are entering Queensland you must have a valid Queensland border declaration pass (freight and logistics).
  • On entry into Queensland, you must be able to access a copy of your employer's or operator's current COVID Safe workplan, where one is required and available.
  • 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 collect and maintain written records of close contacts while you are in Queensland for 14 days after you arrive in Queensland, or until you depart Queensland if the period if less than 14 days.
  • Queensland residents are required to maintain these records until 14 days have passed since they were last in a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • Non-Queensland residents should only remain in Queensland for the time necessary to complete the freight and logistics activity.

Read more about restrictions on freight and logistics operators entering Queensland.

Western border crossings

The Collarenebri Road border crossing (Mungindi) and Talwood border crossing will be opened.

Summary of requirements for 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 can freely enter Queensland

You are not required to quarantine.

COVID-19 hotspot (no exception or exemption)

You are not allowed to enter Queensland.

Former COVID-19 hotspot You are allowed entry to Queensland once the area you are coming from is no longer declared a COVID-19 hotspot.

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 at your own expense.

COVID-19 hotspot – specialist or essential worker

The status of a person as a specialist worker must be endorsed by the relevant Queensland Government agency before entering Queensland.

You must provide:

  • your border declaration pass (S pass)
  • your specialist worker endorsement letter
  • the quarantine management plan.
COVID-19 hotspot – pickers, packers, sorters, meat processors (also known as seasonal workers)

You can apply as an essential or specialist worker as above. The status of a person as a specialist worker must be endorsed by the relevant Queensland Government agency before entering Queensland.

You must provide:

  • your border declaration pass (S pass)
  • your specialist worker endorsement letter
  • the quarantine management plan.
COVID-19 hotspot – essential activity – transport of freight and logistics You must complete a Queensland border declaration pass (F pass) and meet the requirements under the Queensland freight protocol.

Disclaimer

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

Contact

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