Last updated: 20 Sep 2021 11:47am
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
NSW Government has a free Business Concierge service to provide guidance to businesses. To book a session with the Business Concierge, call Service NSW on 137788, or visit the Business Concierge webpage.
See the NSW Government page for a range of mental health services that can support you and your employees.
The NSW Small Business Commission has a 'Prepare for the unexpected' business continuity plan for small business to prepare for unexpected risks of disruption to their business. This resource includes a pandemic check list.
Now is a good time to consider how your business will continue to operate if something unexpected happens. Planning is important if you have animals or perishable goods.
Show your commitment to COVID Safety and help keep our industry and communities safe.
Work Safe Australia have a range of resources to help workplace implement COVID Safety measures.
NSW Health have a variety of posters, factsheets, digital resources and translated resources on COVID-19.
Visit the COVID Safe businesses webpage for more information.
As part of the state-wide stay at home orders, you must wear a face mask at indoor and outdoor, non-residential premises in NSW. Primary industry businesses must follow these rules.
A person may remove their mask if they are:
Activities such as sheep shearing, or heavy lifting on a commercial fishing vessel, would be forms of strenuous exercise, and therefore, it is permissible to remove a mask when doing these activities. If a worker is alone in a farm environment, it is also permissible to not wear a mask. Workers must carry a mask with them at all times, even when working alone.
Primary industries workers in regional NSW, Greater Sydney Area or from Local Government Areas of Concern, are permitted to travel in a work vehicle, while on duty, with other workers as long as they:
An exemption has been granted under Clause 7.2 of the Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Order (No 2) 2021 which enables the carpooling of workers in regional NSW where the employer has made arrangements to transport staff to and from a workplace and the workers place of residence.
The exemption applies to workers who:
The following rules apply when travelling:
Businesses with staff who carpool need to do the following:
This exemption does not apply to workers in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains or Wollongong areas.
Businesses who are preparing for the movement of workers associated with the peak season of activity for primary industries, and the utilisation of carpooling of workers, are strongly encouraged to promote vaccination to minimise the risk to their workers, community, and business continuity.
Check your eligibility for a COVID-19 Vaccination and find out more information about the rollout at NSW Government COVID-19 vaccination in NSW
The NSW Government has developed a COVID vaccine information pack for businesses to help encourage increase vaccination rates.
There are vaccination requirements in place for certain workers in NSW. Make sure you know what applies to your business and workers.
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, harvest and other activities where you have larger on-farm visitors than usual, primary producers need to
Agricultural contracting businesses are required to have a QR Code and COVID Business Safety Plan.
Agricultural shows and agricultural field days are required to have mandatory QR Code and COVID Safety Plan.
For further information on guidance when you business is linked with a COVID-19 case, visit Guidance for businesses with linked COVID-19 cases | NSW Government
There are two ways a business might be informed of a COVID-19 link:
Once you have been notified of a COVID-19 link to your business:
Businesses/premises do not necessarily have to close after a case has been notified. This will depend on:
The privacy and confidentiality of the person diagnosed must be maintained.
Employers or businesses with diagnosed employees, or otherwise concerned they may be linked to a COVID-19 case, should seek advice from their local Public Health Unit (PHU) by calling 1300 066 055.
If an employee becomes sick at work, please ring the National COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080 and follow the advice of health officials.
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.
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.
The Workplace Health Management Plan Template (PDF, 393.67 KB) 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
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.
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 (PDF, 281.93 KB) and the Workplace Health Management Plan Template (PDF, 393.67 KB), 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.
This information may change regularly, and you should review frequently to ensure your business is complying.
NSW Food Authority has information and training regarding food safety and COVID-19.
For information regarding subsidised hotel quarantine for PLS and SWP employees visit the NSW Government’s Quarantine page.
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.
Beekeepers who are a registered business can conduct their business in accordance with the Public Health Order, as a reasonable excuse to leave home. Businesses should:
Bee-keepers who provide swarm removal services, are able to undertake this task as it provides an important public health service. You should travel with evidence of the request to remove a swarm, including the address you are travelling to.
Public places that operate for the purposes of an auction that is for food supply, livestock, fibre or crops can be open to members of the public. Auctions on-farm for the purposes of selling livestock are also permitted. All sites must have a COVID Safety Plan and follow rules in place at that time. Attendees to auctions must follow the safety measures in place by the auction, or site operator.
It is expected that COVID-19 management requirements are adhered to by businesses conducting the auction as well as auction participants:
As regulations may change, all individuals should regularly check public health orders to ensure they understand their obligations. For further information, visit COVID-19 rules | NSW Government
Industry organisations have been developing COVID-19 support materials. You may like to review these resources to follow industry best practice.