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Seek advice before making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory in your workplace

Where a health direction has been issued employers must comply and take steps now to ensure they are able to meet the mid-September 2021 target.

Following a National Cabinet meeting on Monday 28 June 2021, all residential aged care workers and quarantine staff must receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-September 2021.

However, for the majority of employers in Australia the COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory.  Employers should act with caution and take advice before implementing any mandatory vaccination policy. Employers will need to carefully assess each workplace and each employee when considering whether such a requirement would be deemed a lawful and reasonable direction.

Where a business considers it is necessary to implement a vaccination requirement as a means to managing or mitigating a genuine risk to health, safety or wellbeing, advice should be sought.

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Trying to deal with workplace issues alone but don’t know where to start? Before you take any action, call our Workplace Relations Advice Line (03) 8662 5222.

Our experienced team is here to give you over-the-phone advice about human resources or workplace relations issues. Our Complete and Connect members have free and unlimited access to expert advice through the Workplace Relations Advice Line.

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