With some border restrictions changing from 26 October 2020, the process for interstate seasonal workers coming to Tasmania has changed. It is informed by whether workers have spent the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmanian in a low, medium or high-risk area. Read more at Coming to Tasmania.
Seasonal workers from low-risk areas
Seasonal workers from medium-risk areas
Seasonal workers coming from medium-risk areas need to follow the seasonal worker exemption process, where Tasmanian agricultural businesses apply on behalf of the workers they have recruited from interstate.
Employers will let workers know if they have been approved as a seasonal worker, and they will be required to follow strict conditions for the first 14 days they are in Tasmania.
On arrival in Tasmania, employer provide private transport for workers to transit directly from the airport to their accommodation.
For 14 days, workers need to remain at their accommodation unless they are:
- going to work, or undertaking official duties;
- shopping for groceries, fuel, medicine or other urgent supplies;
- permitted to leave by an authorised officer (e.g. Tasmania Police or Biosecurity Tasmania); or
- seeking medical care, leaving Tasmania, or in an emergency situation.
This means workers are able to go to work, but outside of work hours they need to stay at the accommodation provided by their employer, and only leave the accommodation to enter the community for the above reasons.
Workers must also monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. If they believe they are showing symptoms, they should stop going to work, isolate and seek testing. COVID-19 tests can be organised by talking to employers and calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
Seasonal workers from high-risk areas
Seasonal workers coming from high-risk areas need to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements for travel to Tasmania. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G system.
If approved, these workers will be required to quarantine in a government-designated accommodation facility for 14 days when they arrive, at a cost of $2,800 per person. See Quarantine for more information.
Why do we need seasonal workers from interstate?
Tasmania’s peak harvesting period occurs from December to March each year and usually requires about 9,000 seasonal workers.
Historically, at least 40 per cent of this workforce has been made up of Tasmanian residents.
While employing more Tasmanian residents for the upcoming season is a priority for the Tasmanian Government, having experienced seasonal workers from interstate will be critical to support Tasmanian agricultural businesses during the harvest season.
How do Tasmanian agricultural businesses apply to source interstate workers?
Tasmanian agricultural businesses can request permission to source seasonal workers from medium-risk areas allowing them to follow strict conditions when they arrive rather than quarantining for 14 days.
To be permitted to do this, Tasmanian agricultural businesses must demonstrate that they need the workers for harvest, packing and processing roles where the work is time critical, essential and requires the person to be physically present in Tasmania.
Tasmanian agricultural businesses must also demonstrate that they:
- are an eligible employer (ABN, licence or Approved Employer status);
- have COVID-19 management plans and procedures in place;
- have already attempted to source workers from within Tasmania;
- will organise appropriate COVID-19 safe accommodation and transport arrangements for their workers;
- will support workers to comply with their arrival conditions (including semi-isolation).
Applications must include a list of the required Seasonal Workers on an approved template.
If approved, workers specified will be registered in the G2G PASS system for entry into Tasmania.
The employer application checklist provides more information about the evidence and supporting documentation required.
For more information and to apply, visit the DPIPWE website.