Employer covid obligations in WA

Here is an extract from a WA government web site publication which sets out the obligations upon WA employers to enforce the mandatory workplace covid vaccination rules. It can also be accessed at this link

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-information

“Compliance for employers and staff

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Learn more about compliance requirements for employers and their employees.

Each employer or person in charge of a workplace must ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, or exempt from vaccination.

Employees can show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to their employer in a number of ways. The Chief Health Officer has approved the following forms of evidence as proof of vaccination against COVID 19:

an Australian Government COVID-19 vaccination certificate or an Immunisation Statement recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register

written confirmation issued by the WA Department of Health of the COVID-19 vaccination received by them

an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by the Australian Government.

Employers should inform their employees about how to provide proof of vaccination in the approved format.

Employers are required to securely keep a record of their employees’ vaccination status. It is at the discretion of an individual business where the information is stored. The directions require all reasonable steps are taken to protect the records from misuse and loss and unauthorised access, alterations or further release.

If an employee does not show proof of their vaccination status by the date specified in their applicable Directions, and they do not have an exemption, the employee will not be able to access workplaces subject to the Directions.

Employers should facilitate a proactive approach which ensures employees are aware of their requirement as an employee to be vaccinated against COVID 19, in accordance with the Directions and where necessary, prioritise vaccinations for employees.

Exemptions on medical grounds must be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register, using their IM011 form (external link) which can be completed by an employee’s GP or certain specialist medical practitioners.

For more information, see the Mandatory vaccination FAQs (external link).”