Agriculture supply chain and business continuity
The Queensland Government is working to overcome any transport and logistics operations challenges to ensure supply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause widespread disruption, it is important for the agriculture sector to collaborate, protect and formulate action plans to alleviate risks and continue to operate effectively.
In partnership with BDO, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has delivered a series of 5 business continuity planning webinars to help agribusinesses minimise the impact and identify opportunities as they unfold.
Sourcing vital materials through supply matching
To solve difficulties in getting vital materials and supplies, manufacturers and businesses across Queensland, including agriculture and associated supply chain businesses, can use an online manufacturer's supply matching request form to identify their supply needs as well as their manufacturing capability to re-purpose manufacturing lines to develop essential materials and supplies. The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning will look to match supply and demand. So if you are finding it difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies to remain open, complete the supply matching request form.
International freight support measures
While there have been constraints on air freight in both capacity and cost, the Australian Government is backing Australia's agriculture and seafood export sectors through a new $351.9 million initiative. The International Freight Assistance Mechanism will help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets.
As we continue the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the new funding will ensure the continued flow of:
- high-value, time-sensitive and perishable exports
- vital imports, such as medical supplies and other essential items.
It will also re-establish domestic connections for producers and growers in regional and rural areas that rely on air freight to get their products to customers.
Queensland's freight and supply chains are still working. Transport of goods or freight including food is exempt from Queensland border-crossing restrictions on the condition that the person practises social distancing wherever possible, including maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable, and remains isolated in their vehicle or accommodation.
Slow the spread of coronavirus
Limiting contact between supply chain workers will be effective in slowing down the spread of coronavirus and reducing the wider impact.
- Restrict face-to-face meetings as much as possible.
- Continue to observe 1.5m distancing
- Identify roles that can be performed away from other staff.
- Avoid congregating in car parks or other common areas.
- Read the agriculture industry communiques.
- Last reviewed: 21 Aug 2020
- Last updated: 21 Aug 2020