Finding workers for agribusiness and commercial fisheries during COVID-19

The Queensland Government is helping agriculture, commercial fishing and processing businesses to find workers and provide a safe work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we can keep Queensland's food supplies secure while meeting COVID-19 public health directions.

Finding workers

Many businesses have relied on a regular pattern of seasonal workers and a stable, permanent workforce for many seasons. COVID-19 has impacted worker availability and supply chains and you should anticipate and plan for disruptions. We're assisting with relocation incentives to encourage Queenslanders to take up seasonal work opportunities, however, you may also need to consider alternative ways to recruit workers. You can:

You should also ensure:

  • your business provides new staff with information about the #pickqld bonus and Australian government assistance
  • induction processes, role descriptions and work procedures are in place and current (including procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • suppliers of labour (e.g. labour hire, jobactive) understand your requirements and are selective in who they send to you (e.g. do you need heavy lifting capacity or intermittent work hours?).

Government and industry are working together and meeting regularly to identify current and emerging issues resulting from actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community, and developing strategies to address these.

Read more about available financial and wellbeing support for agribusiness.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN)

The Queensland Government's Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has officers across the state providing free advice on workforce services and initiatives to all agribusinesses, regardless of commodity or organisation membership.

If you are a Queensland agriculture employer and require additional advice on these services, a local agriculture workforce officer can help.

Agriculture coordination officers

Queensland agriculture coordination officers are available to provide information and support to producers, the agriculture industry and local governments to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).

To contact an agriculture coordination officer, email or phone our customer service centre on 13 25 23.

Workers seeking new employment

Workers are encouraged not to visit farms to request work and should instead register their availability at Harvest Trail. They can also phone the National Harvest Labour Information Service on 1800 062 332.

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General enquiries 13 25 23