Coronavirus Resources for Vegetable Growers

Urgent! Perth Market Access

Please send your COVID vaccination status to Perth Markets. As of February 1, Perth Markets users will have their access cards disabled if they have not provided proof of double vaccination status.

If Perth Markets do not have a record of your full vaccination status by 10 am, January 31, your access card will automatically be suspended, and you will not be able to access the markets from midnight on January 31.

If you are unable to meet the cut off date, you will be required to attend Perth Markets in person and provide evidence of full vaccination status in accordance with the Public Health Order.

Find more information on the Perth Markets website.

It is important that employers and employees consider their Workplace Health and Safety obligations in the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis or potential exposure in the workplace.

While employers have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of their workers and other people at the workplace – as far as practicably possible, employees also have obligations. Limiting the spread and the impact of this virus is a social responsibility that is only as strong as its weakest link.

vegetablesWA will be updating this page of resources to provide growers with the most up to date information as it comes to hand. We encourage you to add this page to your bookmarks/favourites on your computer or smartphone and direct your questions to comms@vegetableswa.com.au

COVID-19 testing locations are available on the Healthy WA website.
Visit the WA Government COVID-19 coronavirus page for updates.

WA’S SAFE TRANSITION PLAN

WA’s Safe Transition Plan outlines safe conditions for interstate and international travel and provides certainty on how businesses and WA’s way of life can continue safely with the introduction of public health and social measures once COVID-19 enters WA’s community.

PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

From Monday, January 31, proof of vaccination requirements will expand to apply to venues and events state-wide.

There are a few ways you can show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination, both in a digital and paper-based form.

  • The ServiceWA app (No ID Required)
  • Express Plus Medicare mobile app (No ID Required)
  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate – printed or digital (ID Required)
  • Immunisation History Statement – printed or digital (ID Required)
  • Medical Exemption – printed or digital (ID Required)
  • International Travellers (ID Required)

Find more information on the WA Government site.

The ServiceWA app combines services and allows you to activate and access the SafeWA app, the COVID-19 Digital Certificate and the G2G Pass.

MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

The WA Government introduced a mandatory vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA. This will affect growers as they fall into different brackets of the mandatory vaccination policy

Group 2 industries and occupations: First dose by 31 December 2021 and fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022:

  • commercial transport, freight or logistics
  • Supermarket, grocery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger; indoor or outdoor food market

In the event of a lockdown: Must be fully vaccinated to attend work during a lockdown or similar restrictions:

  • Primary industries (necessary to provide food to and care of animals and maintenance of crops)
  • Production and distribution of food and groceries, liquor, medical and pharmaceutical products
  • Commercial operations that supply goods or services for the implementation of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19; necessary to support any critical business activities, or to support the export of goods and services from WA

You can read the full  Mandatory Vaccination Policy on the WA Government website.

MANDATORY CONTACT REGISTERS

You must use the free SafeWA app or ServiceWA app to register your attendance at various businesses and venues.

Failing to comply with these requirements could result in penalties of up to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a body corporate, or 12 months’ imprisonment. You will need to use the app at retail venues, including supermarkets, department stores, shopping centres, pharmacies, hardware and department stores.

Contact tracing is one of the most effective measures in controlling the spread of COVID-19 if a community outbreak occurs and ensures potential chains of transmission are interrupted. Visit website

Health

LATEST HEALTH INFORMATION
Australian Government Health Department information on monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. Also the latest official medical advice and case numbers. Visit website

IDENTIFYING THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
A useful poster to put up in the lunchroom to help staff identify Coronavirus symptoms verses the common cold and seasonal flu. Visit website

FEELING ISOLATED AND SOCIAL DISTANDING
If you are feeling anxious about social distancing and working from home, The Australian Psychological Society has prepared some tips on dealing with anxiety around coronavirus, and maintaining mental health if needing to physically isolate. Visit website

LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offers some valuable wellbeing advice. Visit website

Covid Clinics

People are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms and if people have been to an exposure site, they must go and get tested.

Who should attend?
People will only be tested if they have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough or sore throat AND documented evidence of:
overseas travel in the last 14 days (provide boarding pass or flight booking or airline bag tag with name and date of travel) OR
close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case (provide name of case)
Patients who are tested should remain isolated at home, until they receive their test results and further medical advice.

Who should avoid?
Do not attend unless you have symptoms AND meet the above criteria, including documented evidence.
People presenting at COVID clinics may be infectious.
People who don’t have symptoms and evidence will be turned away and asked to self-monitor for symptoms.

When and where
WA COVID clinic operating hours will be extended as part of a testing surge.
Testing locations and times can be viewed here https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics

Workforce Resources

AHPPC INTERIM GUIDANCE ON PERMISSIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR WORKERS IN FOOD AND GROCERY SUPPLY
This interim guidance from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) is to support decision making when a worker has been exposed to a COVID-19 outbreak and/ or community transmission. Visit website.

MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS MANDATE OBLIGATIONS
When mask-wearing restrictions are introduced, you may need to direct your employees to wear a mask or face-covering in the workplace unless an exception applies (the Restriction). As the direction relates to your health
and safety obligations, you will also need to conduct a risk assessment in consultation with your employees. Visit website

MINIMISING RISK IN THE WORKPLACE
Factsheet for employers on how to manage workplaces and employees to minimise the risk from Coronavirus including guidelines about which staff should be sent home from work, briefing staff on the situation, cleaning precautions and preventing the spread of coronavirus. Visit website

SANITATION IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
Under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, food businesses must maintain clean and sanitised facilities and food contact surfaces. This is especially important for ensuring food safety, and meeting consumer expectations at a time when there are concerns about food safety and the transmission of the virus responsible for COVID-19 in the workplace. Visit website.

7 STEPS TO SAFE SHOPPING FOR FRUIT & VEGETABLES
Actions for consumers. Visit website.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM COVID-19 TRANSMISSION
There are important steps you should take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and those who are most at risk. Visit website.

PROTECTING YOUR WORKFORCE CHECKLIST
This checklist has been developed by PMA A-NZ to assist businesses in the fresh produce industry to manage teams in the unique environments of harvesting and packing fresh produce. It covers packing sheds, workforce, accommodation, transport etc. Download checklist

SAFETY ADVICE FOR EMPLOYERS
Safe Work Australia has detailed advice for employers regarding Covid-19.  Employer responsibility is to minimise the risk of the virus in the workplace.  If a new person arrives at your workplace, within the next 14-days, you may request to see information that proves the person has concluded their self-isolation.  This could be through their plane ticket, stamp in passport or hotel bill indicating that they have been in Australia longer than the self-isolation period.  Visit website

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Australian Government Health Department information and resources in various languages for workplaces. Visit website

KEY ISSUES FOR AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACES
The COVID-19 outbreak is evolving day by day and WA needs to be prepared for a range of outcomes. While each business faces its own challenges, some key considerations can help build your business’s resilience and protect your community. Download PDF

Human Resources

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PRIVACY OBLIGATIONS TO YOUR STAFF
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has produced some guidelines on what employers are able to disclose to workers due to Covid-19. Visit website

FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN
Fair Work Ombudsman on guidance regarding sending workers home, leave entitlements and reduction of hours. This is for employers that pay under the Federal system. Visit website

DEPARTMENT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATIONS AND SAFETY
Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety covers the employers that are under the WA IR system. Updates are being placed on their website regarding work rights and entitlements, employer obligations and redundancies. Visit website

DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS
Department of Home Affairs provides updates for visa holders regarding conditions on their visa, rules regarding where they can work and who is allowed to enter Australia. This website also has advice on what visa holders should do if their visa is due to expire shortly. Employers utilising workers on visas should ascertain their expiry date and provide this link to the visa holder to ensure they stay lawful. Visit website

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Small Business Development Corporation is available to assist. This service is provided by the WA government to help businesses with timely advice. Visit website

COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS FOR WHMS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Download the Working Holiday Makers/Employer Declaration Form here

Working Holiday Makers must adhere to the same COVID-19 risk mitigation measures and directives that apply to all other persons in Western Australia. Failure to do so will result in penalties. The latest advice on WA’s COVID-19 risk mitigation measures and directives is available online and in languages other than English.

Working Holiday Makers will be expected to:

  • familiarise themselves with the safety measures in place in the workplace to minimise the risk of spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • secure accommodation of a standard to allow for appropriate hygiene and physical distancing practices. Advice on physical distancing can be found here.
  • advise employers of the address of their accommodation.
  • if employed in agriculture, sign an employee/employer declaration form acknowledging they understand their obligations.

https://www.dpird.wa.gov.au/securing-labour-supply

WORKER DISCLOSURE FORM
vegetablesWA recommends that you require all workers to fill in a worker disclosure form before starting work on your farm. Download template

UNDERSTAND YOUR OBLIGATIONS TO WORKERS DURING COVID-19
Fairwork: Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws. Visit website
WA Government: Employment impacted by covid-19 coronavirus. Visit website

GROWCOM
Coronavirus and the Workplace – Its EVERYONE’S Responsibility
This document explains what growers must do right now in their workplace, as well as their obligations to employees, including workers compensation. Visit website

RESOURCES FROM EMPLOYSURE

Translation Resources

VIETNAMESE TRANSLATION

Vietnamese translations of health.gov.au posters and resources. Visit website

Advice on what to do if you have been overseas recently and travel advice. Visit website

Good hand washing practices to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Vietnamese. Visit website

Simple steps you can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Vietnamese. Visit website

Good hygiene practices when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vietnamese. Visit website

Food Safety and Quality Assurance

FOOD SAFETY & QUALITY INCIDENT MANAGEMENT
This factsheet highlights areas your business should focus on during the COVID-19 pandemic such as:
Managing people within your business
Food Safety Instructions – Health Declaration COVID-19
Hygiene
Cleaning and sanitation
Sourcing from alternate suppliers (emergency supplies)
Travel restrictions and biosecurity considerations
Worker training
Download here

FOOD SAFETY & QUALITY FORM: F10 FOOD SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS INSERT – HEALTH DECLARATION (COVID-19).
Freshcare has developed this additional form to help you induct workers and visitors entering your site, and highlight restrictions in place in response to COVID-19.
Download here

UPDATE FROM GLOBAL G.A.P.
GLOBAG.A.P. has published Corona FAQs, you can find them here: https://www.globalgap.org/uk_en/media-events/news/corona-virus-updates/faq/

FRESHCARE DELIVER INDUSTRY ADVICE
Information on specific Freshcare Standards. Visit website

Trade

INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES INVOLVED IN TRADE
The Export Council of Australia (ECA) is collecting information and resources to help Australian businesses involved in trade prepare for and mitigate any effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on business. Visit website

NATIONAL FARMERS FEDERATION: UPDATE
Key export constraints remain access to freight and the cost of freight which has become prohibitive for some fresh food exporters. Some commodity groups are chartering flights to transport produce. Austrade can assist with linking exporters with these initiatives. Please contact Pru Gordon (pgordon@nff.org.au) for the contact details of the relevant Austrade person.