DAWE - 159-2021: COVID-19: Consolidation of information on department activity in affected states

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


21 July 2021

Who does this notice affect?

All Biosecurity Industry Participants and food importers who have premises that 

departmental officers may attend (for inspections, audits, surveillance or other 

purposes) as well as clients, couriers and other third party agents that may attend 

departmental offices.

What has changed?

With multiple states now experiencing continuing community transmissions of 

COVID-19, this Import Industry Advice Notice seeks to combine information on the

 impact on the department's activity to help operators who work across jurisdictions 

keep up with changing requirements.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) works in a range 

of environments, including those managed and owned by our clients and business


We remain committed to delivering our core business and continuing to safeguard 

Australian agriculture and our environment from the threat of pests and diseases as 

well as continuing to verify the safety and compliance of imported food during this 


Where there are shared duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, we are 

required to work together to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the 

health and safety of all our workers.

Requirement to notify the department of COVID-19 cases

Biosecurity Industry Participants have an obligation to notify the department if any 

of their staff (or visitors to their premises) test positive for COVID-19.

We are taking action across all states and requesting your assistance to help protect 

both our people and yours, especially where there is a risk that one or more 

employees have been confirmed or is potentially infected with COVID-19.

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