Compulsory Vaccinations for Health Workers in VIC


VIC Parliament has passed reforms making vaccinations compulsory for health workers to protect them from preventable diseases and minimise the risk of transmission between vulnerable patients.

This alert applies to organisations that employ healthcare workers.

Health Services Amendment (Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers) Bill 2020 (Vic)

Please be advised that the Health Services Amendment (Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers) Bill 2020 (Vic) (the Bill) passed the Victorian Parliament on 17 March 2020 and received Royal Assent on 24 March 2020. The Bill amends the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic) (the HS Act) and the Ambulance Services Act 1986 (Vic) (the AS Act). The Bill introduces reforms in which vaccinations will become compulsory for health workers in Victoria, including doctors, nurses and paramedics to protect healthcare workers from preventable diseases and minimise the risk of transmission between vulnerable patients such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

Secretarial Directions

The Bill amends section 42 of the HS Act, allowing the Secretary of the DHHS to direct public hospitals and denominational hospitals to require health care workers engaged by the hospital to be vaccinated or to prove their immunity, against specified diseases.  Additionally, the Bill introduces the new section 105A into the HS Act, allowing the Secretary to direct proprietors of health service establishments to require persons employed or engaged by the establishment to be vaccinated against, or demonstrate immunity to specified diseases.

Similarly, the Bill modifies section 10 of the AS Act to allow the Secretary to direct ambulance services to require specific persons engaged by the service to be vaccinated or to prove their immunity, against specified diseases.

Significantly, failure by the proprietor of a health service establishment to comply with a direction from the Secretary to require specified persons engaged by the establishment to be vaccinated or to prove their vaccination status may result in the registration of the health service establishment being suspended or revoked.

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Contact

For further information please contact the Law Compliance team:

Phone: 1300 862 667

Email: info@lawcompliance.com.au