Victoria allows employers to collect workers’ vaccine info

Victoria-based employers allowed to collect employees' vaccination status under updated state regulations.

Victoria-based employers will be allowed to collect their employees’ vaccination status from July 12 under updated state regulations

Changes made under the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (COVID-19 Vaccination Information) Regulations 2022 will allow employers to collect the vaccination information of workers if they choose to have vaccination requirements to keep their workplaces CovidSafe.

Minister for Workplace Safety Ingrid Stitt, said these regulations will mean individual employers can choose to implement their own vaccination policies, to collect and hold Covid-19 vaccination information of their workers.

“It’s important workplaces continue to mitigate against the risks associated with Covid-19 to keep their workers safe – especially as we move through the winter months,” Stitt said.

According to the state government, these regulations do not require workers to be vaccinated, but ensure employers have the information they need to make decisions on necessary control measures at their workplace, which may include vaccination.

In line with other jurisdictions around Australia, COVID-19 vaccination policies will be the responsibility of individual workplaces to consider as part of their workplace conditions.

In line with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Pandemic (Workplace) Order 2022 (No. 9) workers who work in high-risk settings are still required to be vaccinated.

Under the OHS Act employers must identify whether there is a risk to the health of their workers from exposure to COVID-19 at their workplace.

If identified, employers are required to eliminate risks as far as reasonably practicable and when elimination is not possible, employers are required to implement measures to reduce risks.

Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas said the pandemic is not over and vaccinations remains the best defence for preventing serious illness and hospitalisation.

“We’re ensuring employers can continue to take steps to keep their employees and workplaces COVIDsafe.”

The regulations will be in place for 12 months from 12 July 2022.

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