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Border Update for Farmers, Agribusiness, Fishing Workers and Food Manufacturing

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the easing of restrictions for Northern NSW residents outside the border zone entering Queensland to work in agribusiness and fishing industry.

“It is promising to see more progress with new border exemptions available for our farmers and fishermen,” Mr Hogan said.

The QLD Chief Health Officer has issued a class exemption under the Border restriction direction (no. 12) for farmers and agribusiness workers needing to move between Queensland and New South Wales to perform essential agribusiness services or farming activities, such as tending to livestock or crops. The exemption commenced on 22 August 2020 for 1 month.


People covered by the exemption include:

► New South Wales residents who need to enter Queensland to perform essential agribusiness services for the agriculture supply chain or farming activities

► New South Wales residents who need to access Queensland to access or provide timely veterinary services, or to provide care for livestock.


If you fall within the farmer and agribusiness worker class exemption you will need to provide the following information on arrival in Queensland:

► A copy of the Chief Health Officer’s class exemption letter (Found here:

► Evidence of your identity, confirming place of residence

► Evidence you are an agribusiness essential worker (e.g. letter of employment, business contract, evidence of property ownership or lease, evidence of agistment arrangements).


You do not need to complete an electronic Queensland border declaration pass, however upon arrival you may need to complete a written Queensland border declaration pass.


When working under the farmer and agribusiness worker class exemption:

► New South Wales residents must remain isolated, where practical, from the general public at the agribusiness or farm in Queensland until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter; and only remain in Queensland for the time necessary to perform the essential agribusiness or farming activities.

For more information: