Last updated: 02 Nov 2021 11:24am
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.
Feedback from industry has suggested that sharing learnings from COVID-19 affected businesses are extremely powerful to improve COVID-19 risk management across primary industry sectors. Several case studies have been developed which represent actual NSW businesses that NSW DPI has worked with to manage COVID-19 incidents.
Common observations during this current COVID period:
You can view the case studies here. Business names have been removed to maintain confidentiality.
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.
Where to get vaccinated: http://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccination-nsw/get-your-covid-19-vaccination-nsw
All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask:
Exemptions are available. Learn more about face mask rules.
Primary industries workers in regional NSW and Greater Sydney Area are permitted to travel in a work vehicle, while on duty, with other workers as long as they:
The Public Health Order of October 8 states that a person who is an unvaccinated adult must not be in a vehicle in the general area with another person other than a member of the person’s household. A person who is at least 16 years of age must carry evidence showing the person’s name and place of residence, and produce the evidence for inspection if requested to do so by a police officer. This clause does not apply to a vehicle being used to carry out work.
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.
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 (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.
You can visit the Food Authority website, call the Helpline on 1300 552 406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Businesses should:
Public places that operate for the purposes of an auction for food supply, livestock, fibre or crops can be open to members of the public within a ‘stay at home’ area. 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.