Do you employ seasonal workers on your property and want to communicate some important biosecurity information to them using simple language? Is English a non-preferred language for any of your workers?

Vinehealth Australia has a Seasonal Workers Fact Sheet focused on five tips for keeping vines safe, and it’s available in English, Vietnamese, Urdu, Hindi, Thai, Dari and Malay.

The fact sheet includes some key information about phylloxera and other pests, and the ways these pests can be spread.

Page two includes simple tips for workers:

  1. If coming from overseas:
    • Do not wear shoes or clothing (including hats) that you have worn on farms or vineyards overseas. Purchase new shoes and clothing in Australia or wear shoes and clothing provided by your employer or the vineyard owner.
    • Do not use any hand tools (for example, snips, shovels, knives) that you have used on farms or in vineyards overseas.
  2. If you have worked in a vineyard in Australia in the previous month:
    • Before you start work at the next vineyard, please advise your employer and the owner of the vineyard where you worked before. You may have worked in a vineyard that is a risk for phylloxera and your shoes, clothing, car tyres and hand tools may be contaminated.
  3. When you arrive at a vineyard to work, please listen to and follow any instructions given by your employer or the owner of the vineyard.
  4. Park your car away from vine rows and not on vineyard soil. Cars must be parked on gravel or on sealed roads or tracks.
  5. Do not take away any grapes, shoots, leaves, canes or soil from a vineyard.

Vinehealth Australia encourages you to give this fact sheet to your workers and talk them through it before they start work in your vineyard.

Download the fact sheets here.