COVID-19 Recommended Practices for Forestry Industry Operations
The Tasmanian Forestry Industry has created this document outlining best practice safety, hygiene and mental health practices to assist forestry businesses to operate safely throughout COVID-19. Specific recommended practices are outlined for forestry, harvesting, log haulage and processing.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have established a COVID-19 Agriculture Support landing page. It includes information regarding:
If you have any forestry specific questions in relation to COVID-19 please send them to DAFCOVID19Enquiries@daf.qld.gov.au.
COVID-19 may impact your ability to source workers. While there may still be numerous overseas workers available, significant disruption to seasonal worker numbers could occur in various regions. See the Queensland Government's workforce availability fact sheet for advice on how to source workers if your normal channels don't work.
Remote communities travel restrictions
Remote communities travel restrictions are also in force now. Further information is being developed on exemptions specific to agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and forestry. These restrictions include designated areas in the Northern Territory.
Supply of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Businesses across Queensland are being asked to use an online web form to identify their PPE supply needs as well as their manufacturing capability to re-purpose manufacturing lines to develop essential PPE health care supplies.
Workplace Health & Safety
DAF have established a webpage with information regarding managing WH&S concerns in agricultural workplaces, including advice and recommendations for proactively protecting your workforce.
You can access more specific information and fact sheets about managing COVID-19 WH&S concerns here.
BDO & DAF “key issues” webinar series
BDO in partnership with The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) will deliver a series of webinars over the coming weeks to provide you with expert support to help you minimise the impact and lead discussions on the key issues as they unfold.
You can watch the first webinar Supporting Agriculture with business continuity planning and managing the supply chain disruption and register to the next session (next Thursday 2 April) here.