The following is from the latest COVID-19 updates from the Food Industries Association of Queensland and is included here with permission. More can be found at the website https://foodindustries.com.au/april-9th-covid-19-update-for-food-manufacturing-industry/
- Queensland border restrictions have tightened again as of 3rd April.
- The person must get a border pass. We have been advised to tick Specialist critical to maintaining key government services and FIFO, which is the 5th tick box.
- Your company must have lodged a Health Plan and must have received an approval / acknowledgement. There is one email for all health plans to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org From what we have been told they have quite quick turnaround times. You must provide the health plan to the person that will be crossing the border.
- Your company must provide a letter for the person (service technician etc.) stating that they will conduct services / work for you for a specified period of time and ensure that the person complies with the health plan. This may also include details around accommodation if required.
- Also attached to the webpage are AFGC guidelines that are quite well written. Also refer to FIAQ protocol. As that has been amended for QLD jurisdiction.
- Safe Food QLD together with DAF have developed guidelines and a checklist. Whilst this has been developed for agribusinesses, it can be applied to food manufacturing to some extent.
- For those who export and use air freight, effective FROM TODAY for a period of 4 weeks – totaling 540 flights for the month have been added. To access flights – please utilise your standard freight operations channels. You can also have your say on the link above regarding this which is a federal government initiative.
- And lastly, just a reminder if you are facing difficulties to obtain materials or supplies, there is a link available for you to register your details with, also on the FIAQ webpage.
The following is a link which FIAQ has developed to assist fgood businesses dur4ing the COVID-19 outbreak;