LINKS TO RESOURCES FOR WA PORK PRODUCERS
SOURCING EMPLOYEES DURING COVID-19 BORDER CONTROLS
The COVID-19 border controls add steps to overseas and interstate recruitment. If an individual wants to come into WA from overseas they must meet requirements of both the Australian Government and the WA Government. These are two separate processes managed by two different agencies, and are the responsibility of the applicant.
Employees permitted to enter WA will very likely require 14 days of self-quarantine in an adequate facility. Businesses should consider this in their workforce planning.
It is recommended that eligibility for entry is checked and as much pre-approval as possible is undertaken before flights are booked.
Immigration agents should be familiar with requirements for entry from overseas but you should check they have factored in the WA specific rules.
AFRICAN SWINE FEVER
African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs. It has established itself in Asia and parts of Europe and continues to spread. ASF has no vaccine and kills about 80 per cent of the pigs it infects.
It was most recently reported in:
- Belgium, Slovakia and Serbia in Europe
- China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, North Korea, South Korea, the Philippines,Timor Leste and Indonesia in Asia.
ASF has never occurred in Australia. Its changing distribution means it’s a significant biosecurity threat to our country. An outbreak would be devastating for our pig production and health. It would also damage our trade and the economy.
It is important to note that ASF is no threat to human health. Below are links to resources with additional information for producers and consumers.
ASF Fact Sheet
ASF - Control measures fact sheet
ASF versus African swine flu - spot the difference
ASF Fact Sheet for small holders
The EFE Scheme
PigBal: Waste management model
PigGas: Greenhouse gas calculator
Piggeries Fact Sheet - Department of Planning and WA Planning Commission
How to host a Veterinary Science student
Department of Environmental Regulation
Australian Pork Newspaper