Published 9 April 2021 | Updated 15 February 2022
Australia's COVID-19 vaccine coverage continues to increase. Employers and employees are encouraged to continue working together to find solutions that suit their individual needs and workplaces. An important part of Australia’s vaccine rollout continues to be a collaborative approach in the workplace that includes discussing, planning and facilitating COVID-19 vaccinations.
Employers can support their employees by:
- giving employees leave or paid time off to get vaccinated
- helping to ensure employees have access to reliable and up-to-date information about the effectiveness of vaccinations – visit the Department of Health’s website to Approved COVID-19 vaccines
- where employees choose not to be vaccinated or aren’t able to be vaccinated, exploring other options including alternative work arrangements.
In some cases, employers may be able to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including where a specific law (such as a public health order) requires it. Employers should get legal advice if they’re considering requiring COVID-19 vaccinations in their workplace.