COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and the workplace

Published 26 January 2021 | Updated 20 April 2022

In this section, you'll find information and guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and the workplace.

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We review and update our information regularly as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and the vaccination rollout continues across Australia.

While the Australian Government’s policy is that receiving a vaccination is free and voluntary, it aims to have as many Australians vaccinated as possible.

Other government information

Australian Department of Health

For information about COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and your family, where and when you can get vaccinated and the current situation in Australia, visit the Department of Health website external-icon.png .

The Department of Health also has vaccination information for service providers, workers and other people in high-priority sectors:

Aged care:

Disability:

COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme

The Australian Government has developed a claims scheme to compensate eligible people who suffer a moderate to significant impact following an adverse reaction to an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the scheme and to submit a claim, go to Department of Health – COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme external-icon.png .

TGA arrangements to support businesses to communicate and incentivise COVID-19 vaccination

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has implemented arrangements to enable Australian businesses to communicate and incentivise approved COVID-19 vaccinations. The TGA is the Australian body that approves COVID-19 vaccines.

This means that some employers may offer practical support (including rewards) to employees or customers to incentivise getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Examples include store vouchers, discounts or free tickets to those who are eligible.

Certain rules apply to participating businesses. Find out more about the arrangements and what rules apply at TGA – Communicating about COVID-19 vaccines external-icon.png.

Work health and safety

Safe Work Australia has information for employers, small businesses and workers about COVID-19 vaccines and how to manage risks from COVID-19 in the workplace. Visit their website for Vaccination information for your industry external-icon.png 

Privacy

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has information for employers and employees about how to manage privacy in the workplace in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations and privacy obligations external-icon.png.

Anti-discrimination

The Australian Human Rights Commission has information for employers and employees about COVID-19 vaccinations and Australian anti-discrimination laws. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations and federal discrimination laws external-icon.png.

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