The NSW Government has implemented
an Agriculture Workers Code, effective from Friday 25 September, it will
provide a single permit system for the movement of agricultural workers,
contractors and farmers crossing the Victorian and South Australian borders.
NSW Farmers President James Jackson has called on the Queensland Government to implement a similar scheme to give grain industry workers from Queensland the same access.
“Grain harvest starts in the north within weeks – and yet there is still the ongoing uncertainty of individual applications for workers,” Mr Jackson said.
“We recognise the need for COVID-safe work arrangements, but after years of drought the uncertainty of labour supply has been very challenging. We know our farmers will do all they can to keep their workers safe.”
“We look forward to the permit being available as soon as possible through Service NSW.”
Agricultural workers travelling between NSW and Victoria will need a permit and relevant identification and will be required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
Travelling workers will also need to keep records of their movements. Agricultural employers need to support workers to perform self-isolation in the first 14 days after entry into NSW and must have a COVID safety plan in place.
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