Information for Seasonal Workers

Last Updated: 08 Sep 2021 8:53am

The process for interstate seasonal workers coming to Tasmania is informed by whether workers have spent the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmanian in a low, medium or high-risk area or have been overseas. For more information visit Coming to Tasmania.

Seasonal workers from low-risk areas

Seasonal workers from a low-risk area can register their details through the Tas e-Travel system.

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 that they will be required to follow conditions for the first 14 days they are in Tasmania.

On arrival in Tasmania, employers provide private transport for workers to transit directly from the airport to their accommodation.

For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, medium risk seasonal workers must:

1. Wear a face mask - at all times when in public or while they are working or completing official duties as seasonal workers, unless:

a. they are undergoing medical care/treatment that is unable to be provided if they are wearing a face mask;
b. they are travelling in a vehicle by themselves (or only with people who they live with);
c. it is an emergency and it is not practicable for the worker to obtain or wear a face mask;
d. wearing the face mask would create a risk to the seasonal worker's health or safety;
e. they have a lawful reason to remove the face mask or have been required to remove it(e.g. to prove their identity to a person in authority);
f.  they have a medical certificate that certifies that they are not suited to wearing a face mask; or
g. they have written approval from the Deputy State Controller not to wear a face mask.

2. Semi-isolate - remain in, or at, their place of residence while in Tasmania (e.g. their home, their accommodation) unless:

a. they are attending work or undertaking official duties, as a seasonal worker;
b. they are shopping for food, beverages, fuel, medicine and urgent household supplies;
c. they are permitted to leave by an authorised officer and they comply with any lawful directions given to them by an authorised officer; or
d. to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires them leave their residence, and
i. if seeking medical care or during an emergency, they must return to their residence directly after obtaining that care, or when safe to do so after the emergency has passed.
ii. if leaving Tasmania, they must travel directly from their residence to the point of departure, wear a surgical face mask, and comply with COVIDSafe behaviours.

3. Monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • a temperature of ≥37.5°C or more;
  • chills and/or night sweats
  • coughing, shortness of breath or sore throat;
  • loss of taste, or smell; or
  • sudden and unexplained fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, or loss of appetite.
  • 4. If the seasonal worker believes they are displaying any of these COVID-19 symptoms, they must:

  • contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a GP to arrange testing straight away; and
  • isolate except to access arranged medical care or to have a COVID-19 test;
  • 5. Stay COVIDSafe, including:

  • Covering mouths when coughing or sneezing;
  • Use disposable tissues and put these in the bin straight after use;
  • Washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser; and
  • Maintain, where practicable, a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, including the people who they live with.
  • Read these conditions in Schedule 4 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.

    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.

    International Seasonal Workers

    Tasmania has joined other Australian jurisdictions in allowing for experienced seasonal workers to be recruited under the Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

    This means Tasmanian agricultural businesses who are approved employers under the PLS and SWP, can apply to recruit workers from some overseas locations, to supplement the local workforce.

    If approved, these workers can arrive in Australia from overseas and transit directly to Hobart via an interstate airport to complete 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation.

    Arrival, quarantine and safety protocols will be enforced, and Tasmania Police will oversee security arrangements for the airport arrival, transfer and hotel quarantine.

    For more information about quarantine including testing requirements go to International arrivals.

    Approved Employers are eligible to seek a reimbursement for workers’ quarantine fees. More information on the reimbursement process is available on Interstate and International Seasonal Workers.

    To be permitted to source international workers, Tasmanian agricultural businesses must demonstrate that they have already attempted to recruit from within Tasmania and have a critical need for more workers.

    For more information and to apply, visit the DPIPWE website.

    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 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.