Current Vaccine Regulations

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25 October 2021


State and territory governments have made public health orders requiring certain workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in their state or territory. See the current requirements per state listed below. Information listed below may be subject to change pending updates from the National and State Governments.

Australian Capital Territory
The Australian Capital Territory Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• residential aged care facility workers
• health care facility workers (from 29 October 2021)
• People working in the disability sector (from 29 November 2021)

New South Wales
The New South Wales (NSW) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• workers specified in the NSW Airport and Quarantine Vaccination Program, including quarantine, transportation, and airport workers
• residential aged care facility workers (the requirements don’t apply until 31 October 2021 for some health practitioners and students entering an aged care facility)
• in-home and community aged care workers (from 25 October 2021)
• persons providing disability support services (from 25 October 2021)
• certain health care workers
• education and care workers, including teachers and education providers (from 8 November 2021)
• other workers who are allowed to go into work

Northern Territory
The Northern Territory (NT) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• residential aged care facility workers
• quarantine workers
• workers in other high-risk sectors

Queensland
The Queensland Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• health service employees
• Queensland Ambulance Service employees
• hospital and health service contractors
• residential aged care facility workers
• workers in quarantine facilities
• certain workers with permission to cross into Queensland from New South Wales
• freight or logistic workers entering Queensland from another state or territory (from 15 October 2021)

South Australia
The South Australian (SA) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• workers within the SA quarantine system, including in airports, medi-hotels, health-care settings, and transportation
• workers in residential aged care facilities
• some ‘essential travellers’ arriving to SA
• workers on certain commercial vessels arriving into SA
• workers in health care settings (from 1 November 2021)

Tasmania
The Tasmanian Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to workers:
• entering a residential aged care facility
• entering a Tasmanian quarantine site
• providing quarantine transport services
• entering a medical or health facility (from 31 October 2021)
• providing health and medical services or treatments (from 31 October 2021)

Victoria
The Victorian (VIC) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• residential aged care facility workers
• workers at a construction site
• healthcare workers
• education workers
• certain commercial freight and healthcare workers entering Victoria
• other specified workers who can’t work from home

Western Australia
The Western Australian (WA) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:
• quarantine centre workers
• residential aged care facility workers
• health care facility workers (from 1 October 2021 for some facilities)
• certain port workers in WA who board or work with exposed vessels (from 15 October 2021)
• certain transport, freight and logistics workers entering WA (from 24 October 2021)