WWOOF Australia currently has Hosts that offer separate accommodation during these times of Social Isolation.
- Victoria – 83 Hosts
- Queensland – 122
- Western Australia – 67
- Tasmania – 35
- NSW – 147
- Northern Territory – 14
- ACT – 0
- South Australia – 28
When WWOOFers are looking for Hosts, on the List Search page only fill in the section Accommodation “separate accommodation” and the *State they are in, this will bring up Hosts that may be able to accommodate them.
*Currently most Australian State borders are closed.
Things to put into place prior to arrival at a WWOOF Host property:
The WWOOF Guest Book Form must be filled in for all Hosts WWOOFers are visiting. They will have a copy of this and will leave it for WWOOFers to fill out or WWOOFers can print this form, fill it in, scan (take a photo with their phone) and email or message it to Hosts once it is filled in.
Work out a plan prior arrival, WWOOFers might have to find their own transportation there & ask the Host how to arrive at the property.
WWOOFers should ask the Host, what tasks they will be working on.
WWOOFers need to be prepared to be working on projects in an area on their own, whilst their Host is in another area.
Keep open communication at all times, be creative, use the WWOOF messaging system, email, text messages, Skype or Facetime.
WWOOFers should ask the Host if they have an outside area that they can go to separately, to enjoy their own space, during free time, places to go for walks etc..
Make it fun, these times are difficult so add a little humour where possible and keep an open mind.
We recommend all hosts develop their own plan for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The situation and government advice is changing daily so hosts should keep up to date with alerts and make their own decision about whether or not to invite WWOOFers. We ask them to take into account their family circumstances, health and their capacity to self-isolate if anyone on their property becomes unwell.
We encourage Hosts who do invite WWOOFers, to make sure they ask pertinent questions prior to any planned visit to ascertain the risk involved in inviting WWOOFers. WWOOFers may have been in Australia for a long time, or live in Australia, but this does not ensure they have not come in contact with the virus locally. Social Distancing measures must be observed by law in every State of Australia, large penalties apply for breaches to these rules.
Hosts are encouraged to discuss their plans with WWOOFers prior to their arrival and ensure they understand and agree to the precautions Host wish to implement. We have asked that Hosts have an isolation plan in case they, a family member, or a WWOOFer becomes unwell after they arrive to minimise the risk of infection.
We recommend all WWOOFer’s have a supply of hand sanitiser and face masks, this is the WWOOFers responsibility.
All new arrivals in Australia must now self-isolate for 14 days, as must anyone who shows symptoms or has tested positive to COViD-19. There are large penalties for not complying with this law which are different in each state.
If hosts decide they do not want to invite WWOOFers for the time being, we recommend blocking out their availability calendar as either booked or unavailable until they feel comfortable and safe inviting WWOOFers again. If hosts already had arrangements in place for WWOOFers to visit and need to cancel these arrangements, they should advise these WWOOFers as soon as possible to give them time to cancel their travel arrangements and find an alternative destination.
We recommend if WWOOFers have any flu like symptoms, they seek medical attention and self isolate immediately. Hosts will be very appreciative and understanding if WWOOFers contact hosts to cancel a planned visit to their property after being required to self isolate. We also ask WWOOFers not to visit hosts if they suspect they may have come into contact with this virus, or have any symptoms.
The Australian Government Department of Health has prepared a Series of Coronavirus Resources including the following:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know
- Social Distancing information
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information sheet for International Travellers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about returning to your community
Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas must now self-isolate for 14 days.
Tourism Australia also has comprehensive COVID-19 Information for Travellers and Australians which is being updated daily.