Last updated: 30 Jul 2021 10:21am
The NSW Government will provide financial assistance, support measures and tax relief to help businesses and people across the state impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions. For full details, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/2021-covid-19-support-package
Show your commitment to COVID Safety and help keep our communities safe. Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan specific to your industry and register as a COVID Safe business.
Some businesses will need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the public health orders, but you can also voluntarily complete one in order to keep your workers and visitors safe.
Registering your premises as a COVID Safe business is mandatory for some industries and comes with some obligations.
NSW DPI is encouraging industry to have a COVID Safe Business Plan in place to protect the primary industries sector and workforce.
Completing a COVID Safety Plan is a quick and easy way to protects yourself, your workers, community and business.
Visit the COVID Safe businesses webpage for more information.
Business and organisations registered as COVID safe can access their NSW Government QR code and other customised resources online at NSW Government QR code and business resources.
Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order (No 2) Amendment Order (No 2) 2021, farms are not required to have mandatory QR codes. Primary industry businesses are strongly encouraged to register as COVID Safe and use QR Codes where possible.
For the purposes of on-farm activities such as bull/ram sales, shearing, and other events where you have larger on-farm visitors than usual, primary producers need to
Agricultural shows and agricultural field days are required to have mandatory QR Codes.
The Workplace Health Management Plan Template has been developed to help employers and employees understand how to work safely during a human health event that impacts the workforce, such as COVID-19
Abattoirs and the meat processing industry
NSW Health in consultation with SafeWork NSW and the NSW Department of Primary Industries developed an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for the meat processing industry to raise preparedness in the event of an outbreak.
The Incident Action Plan and Guideline provides the detail about how business can prepare for and prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 and how a local health authority will engage with the business. Meat processing facility Incident Action Plan for a confirmed case of COVID-19
Positive COVID-19 cases are reported directly to local Public Health Units (PHUs), who will follow up with the initial confirmed case and if it includes a workplace regarding staff or patrons, contact the premises.
The Animal Welfare and Business Continuity Self-Assessment and the Workplace Health Management Plan Template , are available to support the meat processing sector.
Also visit the NSW Government website for resources and guidance for abattoirs and the meat processing industry to help create and maintain a safe working environment for staff, customers and community.
Recreational operators are required to adhere to the Public Health Order and stay at home. Given the current health risks, there is nothing in the NSW Biosecurity Act that compels recreational beekeepers to breach, or be exempt from, the Public Health Order.
Commercial operations can conduct their business in accordance with the Public Health Order, as a reasonable excuse to leave home in the restricted movement area. Businesses should:
You must wear a face mask at indoor non-residential premises in NSW. Learn about when you need to wear a face mask, when you can remove it and who is exempt by visiting the NSW Government website.
Do shearers need to wear face masks?
There is an exemption to wearing a mask when doing strenuous exercise (except when you are in a gym class or a dance class) Face mask rules | NSW Government
The activity of shearing would be classed as a strenuous physical activity, therefore, in an operational shearing shed, removal of the mask is permissible and safety measures be in place as per their COVID Business Safety Plan. Masks should be worn indoors when not shearing.
Do you need to wear masks in milking sheds?
Masks are to be worn in indoor areas. An indoor area is defined in the Public Health (COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings) order (No 3) 2021 as an area in a building or other structure, whether or not temporary, that has a roof, ceiling or other top covering, but does not include an area with at least 2 sides open to the weather.
If a dairy milking shed has more than 2 sides open, it is not defined as an indoor area, and face masks are not required.
Check your eligibility for a COVID-19 Vaccination and find out more information about the rollout at NSW Government COVID-19 vaccination in NSW
NSW Food Authority has information and training regarding food safety and COVID-19.
For information about funding you can access to keep your business running and your employees in work visit NSW Government’s financial assistance website.
Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another. When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed.
If you are required to self-isolate you will be informed by NSW Health. This will normally only occur if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or have returned from overseas travel. If you are required to self-isolate you will need to be isolated for 14 days.
NSW Health has a range of advice on social distancing and self-isolation.
Social distancing means the same for primary producers as it does for the rest of the community.
When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed.
Social distancing means:
Find out more about social distancing.
If an employee becomes sick please ring the national COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080 and follow the advice of health officials.
Safe Work Australia has produced an infographic with advice on how to handle cases of COVID-19 in the workplace (PDF, 45.1 KB).
Workers diagnosed with COVID-19 must also notify their employer as soon as possible.
If you are an employer in NSW, you must notify SafeWork NSW as soon as possible where a risk from exposure to COVID-19 has occurred.
Use Speak Up to let us know about unsafe work anywhere, anytime or call 13 10 50.
As an employer in NSW you must also inform your workers compensation insurer of any workplace injury or serious illness) you become aware of (including COVID-19) within 48 hours.
Quarantine Fees for Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) employees
For information regarding subsidised hotel quarantine for PLS and SWP employees visit the NSW Government’s Quarantine page.
Visas, Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers Program.
Department of Home Affairs have a range of resources and information to assist agricultural employers with immigration related queries. This includes information on the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Program.
Help Harvest is an initiative to help people find seasonal employment opportunities with farm producers and agribusiness during COVID-19.
See the NSW Government page for a range of services that can support you and your employees.