By the numbers
The latest total number of workers recruited under both the Seasonal Workers Program and the Pacific Labour Scheme exceeds 1300. A further 1100 are expected to arrive in Queensland before the end of June. The ABGC has requested information as to how many of these workers will enter the banana industry.
Guidelines now approved for regional quarantine facilities
The Queensland Government will now consider proposals for regional quarantine facilities, designed to accommodate larger numbers of workers.
Arrangements for these facilities would be similar to on-farm quarantine arrangements, in that an International Quarantine Plan must be approved by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer. However, workers will remain at the facility and participate in training and organised activities rather than working on a farm.
An approved employer who is interested in operating a regional facility should read the regional quarantine facility guidelines and contact DAF to discuss making an application for arrangements at the facility. Guidelines for regional quarantine facilities are available here.
Prospective applicants for regional facilities are encouraged to seek a pre-lodgement meeting with QDAF via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ABGC continues to advocate for more places to be made available in hotel quarantine.