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Seasonal Workers International Quarantine Plans and Checklist Direction

Summary

Effective from: 1.30pm 24 August 2021

Posted: 24 August 2021

Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency

Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)

Section 362B

On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 26 December 2021 and may be further extended.

Further to this declaration, l, Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following directions pursuant to the powers under s 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Preamble

  1. This Public Health Direction replaces the Public Health Direction referred to as the Seasonal Workers Health Management and International Quarantine Plans Direction (No.2) given 3 November 2020.

Citation

  1. This Public Health Direction may be referred to as the Seasonal Workers International Quarantine Plans and Checklist Direction.

  2. This Public Health Direction is to be read in conjunction with other Public Health Directions issued under section 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 that have not expired or been revoked.

Revocation

  1. The Seasonal Workers Health Management and International Quarantine Plans Direction (No.2) given on 3 November 2020 is revoked from the time of publication of this direction.

Commencement

  1. This Public Health Direction applies from time of publication until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced.

PART 1 – DIRECTION – SEASONAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL QUARANTINE PLANS AND COVID SAFE CHECKLIST

  1. An approved employer of a PLS/SWP worker must have an endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan for each PLS/SWP worker who is arriving in Queensland from overseas, unless the PLS/SWP worker has completed quarantine in government-nominated accommodation under the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) or its successors.

  2. An approved employer required to have an endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan must:

    1. obtain the endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan prior to the arrival of a PLS/SWP worker covered by the plan; and

    2. ensure the endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan is complied with for the duration of the quarantine period; and

    3. provide a copy of the endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan to each accommodation facility or transport operator that accommodates or transports a PLS/SWP worker under the plan; and

    4. provide a copy to an emergency officer (public health) on request.

  3. A transport operator must be endorsed by a government authority and have a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer.

  4. The requirements in paragraph 8 do not apply to ambulance services and emergency services.

  5. A person who owns, controls or operates a seasonal worker business in the State of Queensland must when operating the business:

    1. comply with the occupant density for indoor spaces so far as is reasonably practicable; and

    2. comply with the COVID Safe Checklist; and

    3. comply with the public health controls; and

    4. collect contact information as required under Part 2.

  6. The requirements in paragraph 10 do not apply to an on-farm facility, a regional facility, transport operator or a PLS/SWP worker during their quarantine period as they must comply with the endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan.

  7. The requirements in paragraph 10 do not apply to an accommodation facility that houses seasonal workers and the general public at the same time. The accommodation facility must comply with the requirements under the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 25) or its successors.

  8. Occupant density means in an indoor space, no more than 1 person per 2 square metres for areas open to or used by guests or staff, excluding sleeping areas.

    Example: an area open to or used by guests is a communal kitchen facility but not a private kitchen.

    Notes - a business with an indoor space and outdoor space must comply with the occupant density requirements for the indoor space but does not need to limit occupant density in the outdoor space.

PART 2 – Collection of Contact Information using Check In Qld app

Electronic collection of contact information

  1. A person who owns, controls or operates a seasonal worker business must make all reasonable efforts to electronically collect contact information about all staff members, visitors and contractors at the time of entry by either:

    1. requesting each staff member, visitor and contractor use the Check In Qld app; or

    2. registering each staff member, visitor and contractor through the Business Profile mode of the Check In Qld app.

      Example – a person may be unable to use the Check in Qld app due to age, disability, language barriers or does not possess the technology or own a mobile phone. The business must register the guest through the Business Profile mode.

  2. A person who owns, controls or operates a seasonal worker business is not required to request a person’s contact information under paragraph 14(a) if:

    1. the person is or appears to be younger than 16 years old and is not accompanied by a parent or adult who can provide information on their behalf; or

    2. the person enters in an emergency or is entering to provide emergency services; or

    3. it is not reasonable to collect contact information due to a risk to a person’s safety.

  3. A person who owns, controls or operates a seasonal worker business must make all reasonable efforts to clearly display the Check in Qld app QR code at each entry to the business that is used by staff members, visitors and contractors.

Collection of contact information using another method due to temporary circumstances

  1. If a person who owns, controls or operates a seasonal worker business cannot electronically collect contact information for staff members, visitors and contractors at the time of entry because it is not possible to use the Check in Qld app due to unexpected circumstances, a risk of safety issues or because the business is located in a place that does not have mobile internet data connection, the person must collect and keep contact information using another method.

  2. Example of another method – another electronic method such as a spreadsheet or paper-based form.

    Example of a place without mobile data internet connection - a remote community may not have internet connection or mobile internet data available in the community.

    Note - unexpected circumstances may include temporary issues such as failure of an internet service or breakdown in the Check in Qld app. Safety issues may include a risk of overcrowding while staff wait to be checked in by the business using the Business Profile mode.

  3. If contact information is collected using ‘another method’ under paragraph 17, the person who owns, controls or operates a seasonal worker business must:

    1. use best endeavours to transfer any non-electronic information to an electronic system within 24 hours of collecting the information; and

      Example - an electronic method such as a spreadsheet

    2. comply with the requirements for collection and storage; and

    3. if requested, provide the information collected under paragraph 17 and the electronic information under paragraph 18(a) to a public health officer within a stated time.

PART 3 – DIRECTION – QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR PLS/SWP WORKERS

  1. This Direction applies to a person who arrives in Queensland and who has been in a place outside Australia in the 14 days immediately before their arrival.

  2. A person who is an international arrival is required to quarantine in a nominated premises for 14 days commencing on the date of their arrival to Queensland in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  3. A person required to quarantine under paragraph 20, after completing immigration, customs and any other requirements must travel directly, in the manner instructed by an emergency officer (public health), from their port of disembarkation to the nominated premises by the most direct practical route and means and reside in the nominated premises.

  4. A person who is required to quarantine under this Direction:

    1. must not leave the nominated premises for 14 days commencing on the date of their arrival to Queensland, except:

      1. for the purposes of obtaining essential medical care at a hospital or nominated medical practice; or

      2. to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm; or

        Example: escaping a risk of harm related to sexual or domestic and family violence; or accessing support from a domestic and family violence support service

      3. in the event of an emergency situation; or

      4. to attend their relevant worksite in accordance with their endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan; and

      5. as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health); and

    2. must wear a surgical mask:

      1. whenever directed to do so by an emergency officer (public health); or

      2. whenever leaving and returning to the nominated premises during quarantine as permitted under paragraph 22(a)(i), (ii) or (iii); and

    3. any travel to the nominated premises to commence quarantine or when permitted to leave and return to the nominated premises during quarantine under paragraph 22(a)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v) must be by:

      1. ambulance service; or

      2. a transport provider endorsed by a government authority and with a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer; or

      3. a private vehicle operated by the quarantined person or their supervisor; or

      4. an emergency services vehicle in emergency or serious situations as permitted or allowed under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health); and

    4. must not permit any other person to enter the nominated premises unless that other person:

      1. is permitted to enter under the endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan to perform a COVID-19 test or another medical procedure; or

      2. is required to enter in an emergency situation; and

        Examples: an emergency medical situation where it is not practicable to transport the quarantined person to a hospital or if emergency repairs are required to be carried out.

    5. will be quarantined for a further period of 14 days from the end of the quarantine period if the person is not tested for COVID-19 when requested to do so by an emergency officer (public health), including as soon as possible after arrival at the nominated premises, on day 5 and on day 12 or 13 of the person’s quarantine period; and

    6. is subject to Chapter 8, Part 7AA of the Public Health Act 2005.

      Note: Under sections 362G and 362H of the Public Health Act 2005, an emergency officer (public health) can give a direction to a person to stay at or in a particular place for up to 14 days if the emergency officer believes the direction is reasonably necessary to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

PART 4 – QUEENSLAND INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS REGISTRATION

  1. This part applies to an international arrival who arrives in Queensland.

  2. A person mentioned in paragraph 23 must apply for and receive a Queensland International Arrivals Registration and must declare:

    1. the person’s name, date of birth, primary residential address in Australia, phone number and email address; and

    2. if requested, satisfactory evidence of identity; and

      Examples of evidence of identity – Passport, drivers licence, photo identification

    3. travel details including arrival date in Queensland; and

    4. any other information or documents required by an emergency officer (public health) or required for the Queensland International Arrivals Registration.

PART 5 – REQUIREMENTS FOR COVID-19 TESTING FOR PEOPLE IN CONTACT WITH QUARANTINED PLS/SWP WORKERS

  1. An on-farm or regional facility worker must:

    1. undertake surveillance testing for COVID-19; and

    2. if not tested under sub-paragraph (a), not attend the on-farm facility or regional facility until in compliance with the surveillance testing requirements; and

    3. must notify the approved employer of compliance with the requirements under sub-paragraph (a).

  2. An on-farm or regional facility worker identified in paragraph 25 who is vaccinated must:

    1. be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab and a saliva collection test within seven days after first commencing work at an on-farm facility or regional facility; and

    2. continue to have a saliva collection test for each shift worked at an on-farm facility or regional facility, which can be conducted before, during the course of, or after, each shift. If a saliva collection test is not made available to the worker before, during or after their shift, the worker must contact the approved employer of the on-farm facility or regional facility to discuss how to access a make-up test; and

    3. if away for 7 days or more, use best endeavours to be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab at least every 7 days while away until 14 days have passed since the worker was last present at the on-farm facility or regional facility.

    4. Notes: The requirement for an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab while away from the on-farm facility or regional facility applies to all workers who are away, even if the worker has been vaccinated for COVID-19, as these workers will not be having a saliva test.

      The worker may present at the on-farm facility or regional facility or another testing location while away.

  3. An on-farm or regional facility worker identified in paragraph 25 who is not vaccinated must:

    1. be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab and a saliva collection test within seven days after first commencing work at an on-farm facility or regional facility; and

    2. continue to be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab on a rolling 7-day testing cycle; and

      Note: an unvaccinated worker who will not be on-site on Day 7 of their cycle must ensure they have a nasal swab test on Day 6 or Day 8

    3. continue to have a saliva collection test for each shift worked at an on-farm facility or regional facility, which can be conducted before, during the course of, or after, each shift. If a saliva collection test is not made available to the worker before, during or after their shift, the worker must contact approved employer of the on-farm facility or regional facility to discuss how to access a make-up test; and

    4. if away for 7 days or more, be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab on the last shift before being away for 7 days or more and on the first shift on return; and

      Note: the worker should present at their usual testing location at the facility on the last and first shifts for a nasal swab test.

    5. if away for 7 days or more, use best endeavours to be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab at least every 7 days while away until 14 days have passed since the worker was last present at the on-farm facility or regional facility.

      Notes: The requirement for an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab while away from the on-farm facility or regional facility applies to all workers who are away, even if the worker has been vaccinated for COVID-19, as these workers will not be having a saliva test.

      The worker may present at the on-farm facility
      or regional facility or another testing location while away.

  4. A maintenance and repairs contractor or medical practitioner who is required to enter an on-farm facility or regional facility must be tested in accordance with paragraphs 26 or 27 if directed by an emergency officer (public health) that routine surveillance testing is required.

  5. A worker employed or engaged by a transport operator who has serviced a domestic charter bus, coach or flight with a quarantined person on board must:

    1. undertake surveillance testing for COVID-19; and

    2. if not tested under sub-paragraph (a), not service a domestic charter bus, coach or flight with a quarantined person on board until in compliance with the surveillance testing requirements; and

    3. must notify the transport operator of compliance with the requirements under sub-paragraph (a).

  6. A worker employed or engaged by a transport operator who has serviced a domestic charter bus, coach or flight with a quarantined person on board and is vaccinated must be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab within seven days after first transporting a quarantined person.

  7. A worker employed or engaged by a transport operator who has serviced a domestic charter bus, coach or flight with a quarantined person on board who is not vaccinated must:

    1. be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab within seven days after first transporting a quarantined person; and

    2. continue to be tested for COVID-19 with an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab on a rolling 7-day testing cycle until 14 days have passed since they transported a quarantined person.

  8. Each transport operator who has transported a quarantined person must:

    1. facilitate COVID-19 testing for any workers employed or engaged by a transport operator mentioned in paragraphs 30 and 31; and

    2. keep records of the COVID-19 testing undertaken; and

    3. provide these records to an emergency officer (public health) on request.

  9. Each approved employer must:

    1. facilitate COVID-19 testing for on-farm or regional facility worker(s) mentioned in paragraphs 26 and 27; and

    2. keep records of the surveillance testing undertaken of on-farm or regional facility worker(s); and

    3. provide these records to an emergency officer (public health) on request.

  10. An on-farm or regional facility worker or a worker employed or engaged by a transport operator who is tested for COVID-19 in accordance with requirements under this Part and who does not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is not required to isolate while awaiting a test result unless there is another lawful reason for them to isolate.

  11. Example: an on-farm or regional facility worker may be directed to isolate for another reason such as being identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

  12. If an on-farm or regional facility worker or a worker employed or engaged by a transport operator develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they must:

    1. if at work, immediately cease work; and

    2. immediately seek medical attention; and

    3. be tested for COVID-19 and isolate until a negative test result is received and they are symptom-free.

PART 6 – SCREENING AND EVIDENTIARY PROVISIONS

  1. An emergency officer (public health) may require any person subject to this Direction to answer questions or provide evidence about:

    1. whether the person has symptoms consistent with COVID-19; and

    2. whether they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days; and

    3. their name; and

    4. their date of birth; and

    5. their phone number while in Australia; and

    6. their intended address while in Australia; and

    7. their email address; and

    8. their flight number; and

    9. their flight seat number; and

    10. the places the person has been in in the 14 days before arriving in Queensland.

  2. A person must not refuse or fail to answer a question or give an answer that is false or misleading in providing information in connection with this Direction.

PART 7 – EXEMPTIONS

  1. The Chief Health Officer, the Deputy Chief Health Officer or their delegate may grant a person or class of persons an exemption from all or part of these directions on the basis of extreme exceptional circumstances.

  2. An exemption may be given on conditions and if so, the person given the exemption must comply with the conditions.

PART 8 – TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR CHECK IN QLD APP AND COVID SAFE CHECKLIST

  1. The following requirements in this Direction are not mandatory until 1.00 am on Friday 3 September 2021:

    1. for a seasonal worker business to comply with the collection of contact information requirements in Part 2; and

    2. for a seasonal worker business to comply with and display the COVID Safe Checklist.

  2. Until 1.00am on Friday 3 September 2021 a seasonal worker business must, if not using the Check in Qld app, continue to collect contact information about all staff members, visitors and contractors at the time of entry using another method as specified in paragraphs 17 and 18.

  3. Until 1.00am on Friday 3 September 2021 a seasonal worker business that is not operating under the COVID Safe Checklist must continue to operate under the health management plans that was in place immediately before the commencement of this Direction.

  4. Note – see the Seasonal Workers Health Management and International Quarantine Plans Direction (No.2).

PART 9 – PENALTIES

A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.

Section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005 provides:

Failure to comply with public health directions

  • A person to whom a public health direction applies must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
  • Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

Dr Jeannette Young
Chief Health Officer

24 August 2021

Published on the Queensland Health website at 1:30 pm

Schedule 1 - Definitions

For the purposes of this Public Health Direction:

Approved employer means an Australian entity that has had their application to employ a PLS/SWP worker approved by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment or Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Away means a day that a quarantine facility worker is absent from the facility because they are on planned or unplanned leave, have finished deployment at the facility, have permanently finished work at the facility or the person works casually or part-time and is not rostered on to work.

Check In Qld app means the app developed by the Queensland Government for contact tracing purposes which, when used by a person, provides the Queensland Government with the person’s contact information and details of the person’s attendance at a seasonal worker business.

Note – Each person should check in individually using the Check In Qld app or have a person in their group or the business check in on their behalf.

COVID Safe Checklist means the COVID Safe Checklist published on the Queensland Health website: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/1103360/checklist-seasonal-worker-businesses.pdf

Emergency officer (public health) means an emergency officer appointed under the Public Health Act 2005.

Note: Emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act 2005 include public health officers and police.

Endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan means a quarantine management plan that:

  1. complies with the Guidelines for ‘on farm’ quarantine of PLS and SWP workers in Queensland available here as amended from time to time -https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/seasonal-work-covid19/resource/a811ca6b-2636-4c65-a7e1-cf5795c4965d; or

  2. complies with the Guidelines for quarantine of Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers Programme workers in an industry-led regional facility in Queensland available here as amended from time to time - https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/seasonal-work-covid19/resource/6f857fd6-5ac1-4046-b110-eaeb06ddbac9; and

  3. is endorsed by Queensland Health; and

  4. includes any conditions set out in the letter of endorsement provided by Queensland Health and any amendment of the plan endorsed in writing by Queensland Health.

Government-nominated accommodation means a hotel at which the PLS/SWP worker is directed to quarantine by an emergency officer (public health).

Note: Chapter 8, Part 7AA of the Public Health Act 2005 applies to a person required to quarantine in government-nominated accommodation under a public health direction. The person is liable to pay a fee for the cost of quarantine.

Hospital means:

  1. a hospital, as defined in schedule 2 to the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011; or

  2. a private health facility, as defined in section 8 of the Private Health Facilities Act 1999; or

  3. a multi-purpose service, as defined in section 104 of the Subsidy Principles 2014 made under section 96-1 of the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth).

International arrival has the same meaning as in the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) or its successors.

Isolate means:

  1. the person is to travel directly to premises that are suitable to reside in and remain in those premises until a negative test result is received and they are symptom-free; or

  2. travel directly to, or remain at, a hospital or nominated medical practice for medical treatment, and following treatment and discharge from the hospital, travel directly to premises that are suitable to reside in and remain in those premises until a negative test result is received and they are symptom-free; and

  3. must not leave the premises except to:

    1. obtain essential medical care or essential medical supplies where alternative delivery arrangements are not reasonably practicable;

    2. avoid injury or escape a risk of harm; or

    3. in the event of an emergency situation; or

    4. as otherwise permitted or required under a direction given by the person by an emergency officer (public health); and

  4. must wear a surgical mask whenever directed to do so by an emergency officer (public health) and when leaving isolation as permitted by paragraph (c), unless it is not practicable because of the emergency situation or the need to avoid immediate injury or risk of harm.

Maintenance and repairs contractor means an individual who provides essential, unscheduled repair or maintenance services.

Nominated medical practice is a medical practice nominated in a person’s endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan.

Nominated premises means either an on-farm facility or regional facility.

Occupant density see paragraph 13.

Public health controls are measures to reduce public health risks. These measures may include environmental cleaning, hygiene measures, regular washing of hands, availability of hand sanitiser and avoiding handshaking.

Public health officer includes an emergency officer (general), a contact tracing officer or an authorised person under section 377 of the Public Health Act 2005.

On-farm facility means a facility accommodating quarantined persons that is operating under an endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan and complies with the Guidelines for ‘on farm’ quarantine of PLS and SWP workers in Queensland.

On-farm or regional facility worker means an individual, including an employee, volunteer or contractor who performs a quarantine service at an on-farm facility or regional facility.

Reasonably practicable means that which is reasonably able to be done to reduce public health risks.

Quarantined person means an individual who has been directed to quarantine by an emergency officer (public health) under section 362H of the Public Health Act 2005.

Quarantine service means a service or work of any kind during the course of which a person is physically present in the quarantine area at an on-farm facility or regional facility:

  1. health;

    Example: providing medical care to or taking a swab for COVID-19 testing from a quarantined person

  2. security;

    Example: monitoring and directing the movement of a quarantined person within the nominated premises

  3. cleaning;

    Example: cleaning a guest room at which a quarantined person is residing or has resided

  4. food preparation;

    Example: kitchen staff preparing food for a quarantined person

  5. any other service identified in the endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan and other requirements approved by the Chief Health Officer.

Queensland International Arrivals Registration see paragraph 24. The Queensland International Arrivals Registration is available on the Queensland Government website at: https://www.qld.gov.au/internationalarrivalstoqld.

PLS/SWP worker means a person employed by an approved employer under the Australian Government Pacific Labour Scheme or the Australian Government Seasonal Worker Programme.

Regional Facility means a facility accommodating quarantined persons that is operating under an endorsed international PLS/SWP quarantine plan and complies with the Guidelines for quarantine of Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers Programme workers in an industry-led regional facility in Queensland.

Requirements for collection and storage means:

  1. securely storing contact information and not using it for any other purpose, other than for contact tracing; and

  2. deleting the information after not less than 30 days and not more than 56 days.

Seasonal worker means:

  1. an employee or contractor who usually resides outside of Queensland who:

    1. holds a letter of appointment from a seasonal worker business; and

    2. travels to Queensland to work in agribusiness or commercial fishing; and

    3. travels on an itinerant basis within Queensland to meet seasonal labour needs; or

  2. an employee or contractor who usually resides in Queensland who:

    1. holds a letter of appointment from a seasonal worker business; and

    2. travels on an itinerant basis within Queensland to work in agribusiness or commercial fishing to meet seasonal labour needs; and

    3. does not return to their usual place of residence in Queensland each day.

An employee of a federal, state or local government while working in their official capacity is not a seasonal worker.

Seasonal worker business means:

  1. an agribusiness that employs seasonal workers or PLS/SWP workers; or

  2. a commercial fisheries business that employs seasonal workers or PLS/SWP workers; or

  3. a labour hire firm that employs seasonal workers or PLS/SWP workers; or

  4. an accommodation facility that houses or is available to house seasonal workers or PLS/SWP workers.

Surgical mask means a single use surgical mask with a minimum level 1 barrier protection level under the Australian Standard (AS 4381:2015) that covers the nose and mouth.

Surveillance testing means testing outlined in paragraphs 26 to 31.

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 means fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Transport operator means the person, business or entity that owns, controls or operates the transport service that is endorsed by a Queensland government department or agency and engaged by an approved employer to transport quarantined persons to or from an on-farm facility or regional facility.

Note: A transport operator must be endorsed by a government authority and have a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer.

Vaccinated means a person who has:

  1. started the vaccination process after receiving one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; or

  2. received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by WHO-COVAX and the vaccination was obtained overseas.

Last updated: 24 August 2021

Understanding this Direction

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COVID Safe Checklist for a Seasonal Worker Business

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