CAN YOU MAKE AN EMPLOYEE GET A COVID-19 VACCINATION?

This question is being asked increasingly frequently in the current environment

The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has provided resources for businesses to better understand their rights and obligations regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for their workplace and employees.
There are three main situations in which an employer may require an employee to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
These are when:
• a specific law (such as a state or territory public health order) requires an employee to be vaccinated; or
• the requirement is permitted by an enterprise agreement, other registered agreement or employment contract (subject to anti-discrimination laws); or
• it would be lawful and reasonable for an employer to give their employees a direction to be vaccinated, which is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The application of these requirements may vary from state to state due to pertinent state laws and public health orders.

Do you have some specific issues you would like to discuss?
For legal assistance on requiring employees to be vaccinated, AAAA members can contact the AAAA Employer Assist HR hotline on 1300 735 306. 

More information from the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding COVID-19 related matters, including vaccinations, visit www.coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au

Business resources from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, including specific information for each state and territory, are available at www.business.gov.au/
risk-management/emergency-management/