The impact of the COVID-19 virus is being felt across the sugar industry as it is in our communities and around the world. CANEGROWERS will continue to serve sugarcane growers through these enormously volatile times.
- In Queensland, the latest information is available on this Queensland Government website.
- In New South Wales, the latest information is available on this New South Wales Government website.
If you test positive to COVID-19, this Queensland Government page contains links and information on what to do next
Scroll down for more information on:
- Health and safety including vaccination,
- Workforce management including border requirements,
- Business and farm management
- Industry services and programs.
This page is being updated as more information becomes available.
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COVID-19 cases are occurring throughout Queensland so business owners are being urged to review their arrangements for critical operations and keep staff, contractors and customers informed.
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family and workers from serious illness. The Queensland Government has a fact sheet and information for agribusiness employers, and encourages business owners and workers in agriculture to seek vaccination including a booster. It is free for everyone in Australia. An appointment can be booked at Queensland Health or at a participating GP or community health service.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture's agribusiness continuity planning eHub has checklists and guides, including advice on what to do if someone at your business tests positive to COVID-19 https://daf.engagementhub.com.au/agcontinuity
A record of employees on the farm needs to be kept and the Check In Qld App can be used for this.
Queensland Health requires a COVID Safe Checklist and a Workplace Health Management Plan to be submitted if any staff or contractors are employed from interstate OR are Queensland residents not staying at their permanent place of residence while they work. A template for a Health Plan including instructions on lodging it is available as a Word document to download here. It is not mandatory to have a Health Plan if you only employ staff and contractors who live locally and go home after work but it is recommended that you do so to satisfy WH&S obligations.
To learn more about Health Management Plans for businesses employing workers the Department of Agriculture has recorded a podcast which can be found here https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/news-media/podcasts/covid-safe-farms
Other information and resources to help farms comply with measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 are here:
- The National Farmers' Federation has produced a farm workplace guide available to download here
- Safe Work Australia has this PDF guide to download
- This Queensland Department of Agriculture web page.
A Safe Food Queensland Checklist for Reducing Workforce Impact from COVID-19 and Guideline for Reducing Workforce Impact available to download here
Sugar Research Australia has produced a farm hygiene video. SRA's Leader for Disease Management Dr Rob Magerey outlines cleaning measures for surfaces incorporating advice from the World Health Organisation. Watch the video on YouTube here https://youtu.be/ef44SO5c0Ag
Are you employing someone who needs to travel into Queensland from elsewhere?
Border restrictions have been changing depending on outbreaks of COVID-19 but from 1am Saturday 15 January 2022, anyone crossing into Queensland by air or road will no longer be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test or have a Queensland border pass. Freight operators will also not require an F-pass.
Someone travelling to your farm may still be subject to border controls for other states depending on where they are travelling and the NFF website contains the information about interstate COVID-19 border controls https://farmhub.org.au/covid-19-border-controls-information/
Do you need to find farm labour now or in the near future? These suggestions may help:
- Use the Harvest Trail online facility at https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest
- Lodge vacancies directly onto jobsearch.gov.au or register on the Jobactive website to post positions
- Contact your local CANEGROWERS office as some maintain a positions vacant and job seeker list
The Queensland Government has a range of assistance measures which may be relevant for farm businesses. Information is available on the Business Queensland website: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/
CANEGROWERS is representing the industry on Queensland State Disaster Management committee and the Queensland Government's Agricultural Coordination Group to consider supply chain, workplace health and safety, workforce availability and business continuity impacts. CANEGROWERS also meets with the National Farmers' Federation and the Federal Agriculture Minister to talk about the national policy response.
CANEGROWERS has convened an Australian sugar industry working group to assess and plan for the short, medium and long term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. It brings together on regular teleconferences, grower representatives with people from the mills, marketers and port facilities to work through possible scenarios and ensure there is cooperation at every level. Read the full media release here
While the situation is constantly changing, please be assured that CANEGROWERS is continuing, as always, to work on your behalf. Your CANEGROWERS staff will be supporting sugarcane growers through this time of upheaval although at times it may be necessary to change some of the ways in which we operate.
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CANEGROWERS Insurance remains open for business. Our network of brokers is available to assist you with all types of insurance, including claims.
Find your local broker's phone number and email on the CANEGROWERS Insurance page.
Do you still have a question about COVID-19 and the sugarcane industry?
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