Accommodating seasonal workers during COVID-19
If you accommodate seasonal workers on your property you must have a health management plan in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The accommodation facilities you provide should allow access to communal areas on the basis of:
- 1 person per 4m2 in communal areas of 200m2 or more
- 1 person per 2m2 in communal areas of less than 200m2 (up to a total of 50 people).
Your health management plan may allow social distancing requirements to be modified, provided workers are managed in 'household units' of no more than 4 people who will work, use transport, and share communal facilities together.
You're required to keep records of the locations your workers have visited and their accommodation details for the 14 days before they access your accommodation (including quarantine compliance if relevant) to assist with contact tracing if necessary.
All accommodation must be of a standard to allow for appropriate hygiene and social distancing practices.
The premises should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before workers arrive, after they leave, and as regularly as possible during their stay.
If you do not comply with the public health directions, penalties will apply: $13,345 for individuals and $66,725 for corporations. The enforcement officer can issue on-the-spot fines of $1,334.50 for individuals or $6,672.50 for corporations.