Employee News

COVID-19 Update

Southern Tasmania will be in lockdown from 6pm today Friday 15 October for three days.

Following this afternoon’s announcement by Premier Peter Gutwein, we can confirm that Southern Tasmania will be going into a 3-day lockdown commencing on Friday 15th October 2021 at 6 pm and will conclude at 6 pm on Monday 18th October 2021.

The Local Government (Council) areas subject to the lockdown include:

  • Brighton Council
  • Central Highlands
  • Southern Midlands Council
  • Derwent Valley Council
  • Glenorchy Council
  • Sorell Council
  • Hobart Council
  • Huon Valley Council
  • Kingborough Council
  • Tasman Council
  • Clarence Council

If you don’t live in these Local Government (Council) areas this lockdown doesn’t apply to you.

We do however encourage you to continue to monitor the Coronavirus Tas webpage – https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/ for any updates.

Permitted Business

Huon is a permitted business as outlined by the Tasmanian Government and is authorised to continue to operate as per the following category:

  • Farming activities and other operations relating to agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, irrigation, permaculture, apiculture, grains, fibre production, dairy, flower industry, commercial fishing, aquaculture

There are however several restrictions that we must adhere to, which include:

  • Following our COVID-19 Safety plans
  • Complying with density requirements of 1 person per 4 square metres for any office spaces
  • Ensuring physical distancing of 1.5m within worksites where possible
  • Continue to follow personal hygiene practices

What does this mean to you?

Any affected employees in essential operational positions such as Marine Operations, Fresh Water, and the Control room are required to continue to attend work as per normal rosters.

As per the Government directive, Office-based employees are being requested to work from home where possible on Monday. If this is not possible, you can attend the office but must comply with the controls listed below.

Keeping you safe

In all Huon sites we have COVID-19 Safety plans. These plans outline how we can safely work adhering to the safety management plans in place. If you have any questions about these plans, please speak with your Manager or your WHS Team member.

Following is a reminder of the controls in place to keep you safe at work.

If you have any symptoms, please make contact with the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange for a test.

Face Masks

It is a requirement that you wear a face mask when leaving your home. For employees working on the weekend and Monday facemasks will be available and distributed across sites. Alternatively, you can bring along your own masks. For further information on these restrictions please refer to https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/lockdown-plan. Please contact the WHS Team for further information.

Essential Worker Letters

An essential worker email will be sent to ALL southern employees which you can provide to authorities if requested when travelling to/from work.

WHS Team Contacts

  • Stuart Lovell                0419 318 746
  • Dominic McLaren        0447 679 732
  • Dominique Koppen     0477 669 945
  • Kylie Clark                   0429 583 610

Links for further information

For further information please refer to:

We all need to continue to be vigilant in ensuring we keep ourselves and our family safe over this time.


Tassie Salmon Campaign:

The following information has been developed for Huon Aquaculture employees. With the ongoing attention on the company and the industry from THAT book, we’ve established this site as an information source for our employees. We will include links to communication materials and resources (ie facts and myth-busters!) on the issues currently receiving community attention.

If you have additional concerns or require answers to any issue not covered by these materials, please contact the Communications Team on communications@huonaqua.com.au or via 0418 313 414

Message to staff:

Peter Bender update to Employee Shareholders (28/09/2021) > 

Peter Bender update to staff regarding full year results to 30 June 2021 (26/08/2021) > 

Peter Bender update to staff regarding the status of acquisition by JBS (23/08/2021) > 

JBS Australia’s acquisition of Huon Aquaculture fact sheet (from JBS, 23/08/2021) > 

Peter Bender message to staff regarding JBS Australia acquisition of Huon Aquaculture (06/08/2021) > 

Frances Bender message to staff regarding social media video (16/07/2021) > 


The following documents can be downloaded and shared with your family, friends and community:

Science backs salmon sustainability written by Colin Buxton, published by the Mercury on 13/07/2021 > 

Celebrities lack credibility to commentate written by Eric Abetz, published by the Examiner on 13/07/2021 > 

A ‘toxic’ division that could last for generations written by Brian Wrightman, published by the Examiner 4/7/2021 >

Steve Percival’s opinion piece as published by the Mercury on 9/6/2021 > 

Steve Percival’s letter to the editor as published by the Mercury on 15/6/2021 > 



TSGA newspaper adverts. These adverts are appearing in The Mercury, Examiner and Advocate on Saturdays:

Over the coming weeks and months, the Communications and Marketing teams will be rolling out information across social media platforms. Visit the Huon Aquaculture Facebook page or the Huon Salmon Facebook page for more information and facts about Huon’s operations.

A friendly reminder that when engaging on any social media platform that your actions must align with Huon’s Social Media Policy, Code of Conduct and our Online Community Guidelines. Copies of these documents can be found on the Huon intranet or by contacting the HR team.

If you are approached by members of the public around these issues or about your employment in the industry, be polite, professional and level-headed. It would be helpful for the Communications team to be aware of this interaction so please report it to your line manager.

Helpful videos: