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COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace

Media Release

The Morrison Government is continuing to support Australians through the pandemic and is encouraging employers and employees to work together on the issue of COVID-19 vaccination for Australian workers.

Minister for Industrial Relations, Michaelia Cash has welcomed the release of the latest guidance on workplace vaccination, published today by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).

Minister Cash said the Morrison Government recommended that all eligible Australians get vaccinated as soon as they can and encouraged employers to assist wherever possible.

“We are seeing record numbers of Australians coming forward for vaccination and we thank each and every person vaccinated and all of our medical workforce for their dedication and hard work,” Minister Cash said.

“Vaccination is free, voluntary and an important way to ensure the Australian community and economy can emerge and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Cash said.

Minister Cash said some workers in high risk settings—such as aged care and quarantine facilities—are required to be vaccinated to protect vulnerable people and the broader community. These are requirements set by state and territory public health orders.

Minister Cash said it was important that workplaces take a collaborative approach with their workers on discussing, planning and facilitating COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace.

“It is important that both employers and employees continue to work together to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  This will benefit not only our workplaces, but help our nation return to normal as soon as possible,” Minister Cash said.

Minister Cash also encouraged employers to visit the Safe Work Australia website for detailed guidance on workplace health and safety. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has also published guidance for employers on the privacy implications of workplace vaccination.