Farm workers & visitors

You can carry pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants onto a property very easily and without even realising.

As a visitor or worker on a farm, or in a processing, packing or other facility, you need to take steps to limit the risk that you may carry new pests and diseases into that environment.

A producer or facility may ask you to:

  • Register when you arrive on the property or at the facility. You may also see signs directing you to contact the property owner or manager before entering.
  • Limit your contact with livestock, crops and plant material.
  • Clean and/or check your vehicles, equipment, clothing and boots in a designated area when you arrive and leave the property.
  • Complete training to help you identify and report biosecurity risks, including how to spot unusual weeds, pests and all potential diseases.

A property owner has the right to refuse entry to their property if you do not follow their instructions.

If you run or are visiting a farm-stay property,  you should be especially vigilant in checking for new pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants before you enter the property. The property owner may also send you instructions before you arrive, detailing the steps you will need to take when visiting their property.

It is important to realise that if you introduce a pest or disease to one property, you are creating a biosecurity risk to surrounding properties.

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Utilities and service providers

NSW DPI is working with key utilities and service providers in NSW to reach an agreement on how biosecurity practices will be managed when their employees and workers visit properties.

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