Ship workers detained in 'attractive' Qld

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A man who fled a livestock carrier at a port in Townsville without undergoing quarantine has tested negative to COVID-19.

The man was detained on Monday after being "temporarily unaccounted for" when he and 11 other crew refused to re-board the Polaris 3 on Saturday.

"The ABF is working with Queensland authorities on the safe quarantine and detention of the individuals," Australian Border Force said in a statement on Monday.

All 12 men have had their visas cancelled "as a matter of course".

Queensland looks "very attractive" for people coming from other parts of the world and the incident raises issues for the federal government, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

"These are issues that Border Force needs to look into more closely. I'm quite sure the federal government will be doing that and I'm happy to raise that at national cabinet next Friday," she told reporters while touring the western Queensland town of Barcaldine on Monday.

The Panama-flagged ship has departed Townsville and is bound for Jakarta, online tracking data shows.

The risk of infection in the local community is considered "extremely low" and there is no indication anyone on board the international vessel had been recently exposed to the virus.

"Eleven crew members have been tested so far and all are negative. One further crew member has returned a negative test result as of this morning," a Queensland Health spokesman said on Monday.

People who fulfil "relevant visa criteria" can be granted permanent protection in Australia, the ABF says.

"Each case is assessed on its individual merits, with the safety in particular countries being a factor of consideration," a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, it's unlikely mass vaccination centres will by up and running in the state before October.

"We don't have the volume yet to set up mass vaccination centres. That will come towards the last quarter of the year," Ms Palaszczuk said.

She is proposing expanding the network of GPs administering vaccines instead, given Queensland's challenges as a vast state with dispersed population centres.

"It makes it easier for people."

"People know their local GP and they feel more comfortable talking to their local GP, and it just makes sense."

GPs also know a patient's medical history, she added, which is important particularly with the distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"The federal government said that they would look at that and report back to national cabinet," she said.

Queensland recorded three new cases in hotel quarantine on Monday.