The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has today made the Government’s COVID-19 Health Management Plan Template easier for banana growers to complete.
The template and other forms to meet requirements of the Health Plan can be found on the ABGC’s website here abgc.org.au
The Seasonal Workers Health Management Plan Direction requires all growers who employ seasonal workers, including visa holders, to complete and lodge a COVID-19 health management plan with Queensland Health.
From next week (17 August) Queensland Government officers will be undertaking compliance checks across Far North Queensland assessing whether growers have adequate Health Plans in place.
Officers from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Workplace Health and Safety will target growers, businesses that provide transport services for seasonal workers and contract labour hire providers, in the Atherton Tablelands (from Monday) and in the Cassowary Coast (the following week).
Completed Health Management Plans are required to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABGC has developed two separate documents, available to assist growers to complete their individual Plans:
1. A COVID-19 Workplace Health Management Plan Template (includes examples of actions to assist in meeting requirements and is the document that growers must lodge to email@example.com)
2. COVID-19 Farm Record Keeping forms to be referred to in Plans and used on farm as part of the requirements of the Plans.
A detailed FAQs about the management plan is available on the ABGC website here abgc.org.au
ABGC’s detailed COVID-19 Guide for Banana Growers can be found here abgc.org.au
If you are unsure of your requirements as an employer, you can find more information on the ABGC’s website www.abgc.org.au or email DAFCOVID19Enquiries@daf.qld.gov.au