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Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector guidance

Sector guidance for agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses within Victoria.

COVIDSafe Summer — new restrictions apply from 11:59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021

From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January face masks will no longer be mandatory in most public indoor settings.

  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Find out more about COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

Information to help your business Stay Safe and Stay Open

Every Victorian business must have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow the six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces.

Also see:

Industry guidelines

Information for seasonal horticulture sector


The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector includes farm businesses and seasonal horticulture.

All Victorian farm businesses and labour hire providers need to have a COVIDSafe Plan. Employers, labour hire providers and seasonal horticulture workers should refer to the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions for further information on what this Seasonal Horticulture Workers COVIDSafe Plan must include, and their additional industry obligations.

Other information about managing coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure risk in the agriculture industry is available on the Worksafe website.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing services businesses must abide by current restrictions, which are summarised below. 

All businesses or workplaces with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan and have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of workers, clients, contractors and the general public.

Current restrictions for agriculture, forestry and fishing services

    • every Victorian business must have a COVIDSafe Plan, including those with on-site operations as well as home-based businesses. 
  • Record keeping applies to all Victorian workplaces. 

    • employers must keep a record of all workers and visitors who attend the workplace for longer than 15 minutes, including first name, contact number, date and time of visit and areas of the workplace visited
    • employers are strongly encouraged to use electronic record keeping for this purpose. This includes the 
      Victorian Government’s QR Code Service
    • employers must keep records to show compliance with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions. This includes keeping logs created during the time of directions being in force in line with record keeping requirements, including work premises rosters, time and attendance records and payroll data. 
    • face masks must be carried at all times when you leave home 
    • face masks are mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria
    • wearing a face mask is strongly recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people
    • for more information, visit: Face masks page.
    • employers should ensure shared spaces and public spaces are cleaned with disinfectant regularly, with high-touch surfaces cleaned at least twice each day. Shared equipment should be cleaned between uses
    • for more information, visit: Preventing infection in the workplace page.

Frequently asked questions

Updated on: 12 January 2021

Read below for answers to frequently asked questions by businesses in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector.

Find out more about Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer.

Farming

Am I required to wear a face mask when working on my farm?

If you’re working alone on your own farm or with people from your own household, you do not need to wear a face mask.

If you are working outdoors and workers, advisors or contractors from outside the household visit  the farm, wearing a face mask is strongly recommended if you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people. 

If you are working indoors (for example in a shed) and workers, advisors or contractors from outside your household are also in the indoor space, you must wear a face mask.

Face masks must be carried at all times, and are strongly recommended in the home if people other than your immediate household are present. 

Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Reviewed 19 January 2021

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The Business Victoria hotline provides information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

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