COVID-19 vaccinations: legislation and public health orders

Published 20 September 2021 | Updated 6 December 2021

State and territory governments have made public health orders requiring certain workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in their state or territory. Employers and workers need to comply with any public health orders that apply to them.

The current public health orders requiring vaccination in various states and territories are outlined below.

We’ll continue to update our information as states or territories issue new public health orders or directions.

For information on other requirements and restrictions in place in each state and territory, see List of enforceable government directions during coronavirus.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:

  • residential aged care facility workers
  • health care facility workers
  • workers in school or early childhood education and care facilities 
  • disability workers
  • in-home and community aged care workers.

For information about these requirements, including when they apply, go to:

Public health directions

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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 Workers Vaccination Program, including quarantine, transportation and airport workers
  • certain residential aged care facility workers
  • in-home and community aged care workers
  • people providing disability services
  • certain health care workers
  • education and care workers, including teachers and education providers
  • other workers who are allowed to go into work.

For detailed information about these requirements, including when they apply, go to:

Public health orders

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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 likely to come into contact with people vulnerable to COVID-19 infection at work
  • certain workers at risk of infection with COVID-19 at work 
  • workers in other high-risk sectors 
  • workers who perform work needed for essential infrastructure and logistics in the NT 
  • freight workers entering the NT.

For more information, go to Northern Territory Government – Mandatory vaccinations external-icon.png.

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Queensland

The Queensland Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:

  • 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
  • health service employees (as required by a Health Employment Directive)
  • other workers in healthcare (from 15 December 2021).

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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
  • workers who are ‘essential travellers’ arriving into SA
  • certain commercial transport or freight workers arriving into SA (from 8 December 2021)
  • workers on boarding or disembarking a commercial vessel arriving into SA from another country
  • workers in health care settings
  • SA police workers
  • in-home and community aged care workers
  • disability support workers
  • workers in education and early childhood settings (from 11 December 2021)
  • the following passenger transport workers:
    • point to point drivers transporting passengers to and from the airport
    • passenger transport drivers other than point to point drivers transporting passengers to and from the airport (from 12 December 2021)
    • other passenger transport workers transporting passengers to and from the airport (from 20 December 2021).

For more information, see:

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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
  • providing health and medical services or treatments
  • providing high intensity support to National Disability Insurance Scheme participants 
  • in-home care providers.

For more information, see:

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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 construction sites
  • health care workers
  • education workers
  • other specified workers and some general workers who work outside of their home
  • persons working at an open premises
  • certain people working at a ceremonial space
  • international aircrew services workers entering Victoria from another country.

For more information about the requirements and when they apply, see:

Public health directions

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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
  • primary health care workers
  • exposed vessel workers on boarding an exposed vessel
  • exposed vessel contact workers entering a port
  • exposed vessel transport workers entering a dedicated conveyance
  • port workers entering a port, boarding or working with unexposed vessels or being on a vehicle carrying people disembarking an unexposed vessel (from 1 January 2022)
  • transport, freight and logistics drivers entering WA
  • mission critical area workers (including members of WA police force, ambulance and health care workers entering mission critical areas)
  • resources industry workers entering a rural or remote resources industry site or a remote operating centre
  • rig or platform crew members entering a rural or remote airport or a State Port to travel to or from a rig or platform
  • meat industry workers
  • air services workers entering an airport
  • border workers entering a border crossing checkpoint
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services employees, and Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions employees entering a fire and emergency services site
  • fire and emergency services workers entering a fire and emergency services site (from 1 January 2022)
  • workers entering a correctional facility
  • WA Police Force workers entering a WA Police facility
  • community care services workers entering a community care services facility or a community care services accommodation
  • community care critical services worker entering a community care services facility or a community care services accommodation (from 1 January 2022)
  • building and construction workers (from 1 January 2022)
  • education workers (from 1 January 2022).

For more information, see:

Public health directions

Some employees in WA aren’t covered by the Fair Work system. For information about the WA state system, visit WA Labour Relations – Guide to who is in the WA state system external-icon.png.

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