COVID-19 coronavirus: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination information

To prepare WA and safeguard essential services and businesses for the long-term.

Applications for a temporary COVID-19 vaccination exemption take 10 business days to process. You must submit your application by 20 December 2021 to receive a response prior to 31 December 2021. For more information about the temporary exemption process, see the Department of Health’s FAQs.

Based on the latest health advice, a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA will be introduced in a phased approach.

The policy follows the existing mandates in place for workers in high-risk industries, including those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or where they are necessary to avoid catastrophic risk to the safety of the community.

The policy’s phased approach is to apply mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for expanded industries in WA, as well as a requirement for all critical workers to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions.

For more information about showing proof of vaccination, see the ‘Compliance for employers and staff’ section below.

Mandatory vaccination cohort details and timings can be found below. 

Note that if an occupation fits in more than one category, the vaccination requirement with the earliest deadline should apply.

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Group 1 industries and occupations

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Occupations in which high risk is sufficient due to high transmission, vulnerability or necessity to avoid catastrophic risk to safety of the community.
Fully vaccinated by 10 May 2021
  • Hotel quarantine workers – all

First dose by 15 October 2021 and fully vaccinated by 12 November 2021

  • Port workers - exposed workers only

First dose by 22 September 2021 and fully vaccinated by 17 November 2021

  • Residential aged care workers

First dose by 1 October 2021 and fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021

  • Healthcare and health support workers in public and private hospitals and public healthcare facilities
    • Tier 1 facilities - highest risk units, wards, departments in hospitals, COVID testing and community vaccination clinics)

First dose by 27 September 2021 and fully vaccinated by 27 October 2021

  • Police staff working in mission critical areas

First dose by 24 October 2021 and fully vaccinated by 24 December 2021

  • Cross-border freight (road and rail) workers - high and extreme risk locations only

First dose by 1 November and fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021

    • Healthcare and health support workers in public and private hospitals and public healthcare facilities
      • Tier 2 facilities - health care workers - hospitals, day hospitals, ancillary facilities within hospitals)

    First dose by 1 December 2021 and fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022

        • Tier 2 facilities – Health support workers - hospitals, day hospitals, ancillary facilities within hospitals)
        • Tier 3 facilities – private health care facilities, premises occupied by Department of Health, health service providers

        First dose by 1 November 2021 and fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021

        • Primary and community health workers- GPs, private nurses, pharmacies, dental centres, allied health, private pathology

        First dose by 1 December 2021 and fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022

        • FIFO, onsite regional, mission critical mining/resources sector

          First dose by 1 December 2021 and fully vaccinated by 31 December 2021

          Further mandates:

          • Border and air transport
          • Remaining residential and non-residential community care services not captured by previous mandates including in relation to:
            • Disability
            • In home and community aged care work
            • Homelessness
            • Drug and alcohol services
            • Family and domestic violence
            • Child protection
            • Aboriginal peoples
          • Corrections
          • WA Police not already mandated
          • Fire and Emergency Services (excluding volunteers)
          • Abattoirs and meat processing

          Group 2 industries and occupations

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          Occupations deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of critical services to the community.

          First dose by 31 December 2021 and fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022

          • Specific cohorts of critical workers working in the following premises/locations or roles:
            • Supermarket, grocery, bakery and food distribution centres
            • Restaurant, pub, bar, café or fast food
            • Post office
            • Department stores
            • Hardware store
            • Child care or family day care provider
            • School or boarding school (teachers and other support staff)*
            • TAFEs and colleges of vocational education
            • Financial institution
            • Critical infrastructure and services necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the community, any person, animal or premises
              • Veterinary clinic
              • Utilities - power, gas and water, public and private
              • Security provided to critical providers/workplaces only
              • Government regulators
              • Domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery
            • Petrol station, truck stops and roadhouses
            • Public transport
            • Commercial transport including taxis, rideshare and other passenger services
            • Remaining Port operations
            • Remaining commercial transport, freight or logistics
            • Hotel, motel or other accommodation facility to provide accommodation services
            • Funerary or mortuary services
            • Building, maintenance or construction services
            • Staff working in or entering remote Aboriginal communities
          * Note that all school staff will require double dose prior to the start of Term 1. 

          In the event of a lockdown

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          The following workers will also be required to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions.
          • This includes occupations working in the following premises/locations/roles:
            • Other click and collect retail
            • Bottleshop or liquor store
            • Newsagent
            • Pet store
            • Wholesaler
            • Conveyancing settlement agents (time critical legal matters)
            • Government or local government services where working from home not possible
            • Roadside assistance
            • Vehicle and mechanical repair services
            • Journalist and media services
            • Administrative services provided by an employer to enable its employees to work from home
            • Forestry (for critical reasons)
            • Primary industries (necessary to provide food to, and care of animals and maintenance of crops)
            • Factories, manufacturing, production, distribution etc
              • Factory or similar facility that is not able to shut down without causing damage or loss
              • Production and distribution of food and groceries, liquor, medical and pharmaceutical products
              • Commercial operations that supply goods or services for the implementation of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19; necessary to support any critical business activities, or to support the export of goods and services from WA
              • Manufacturing, fabrication or assembly of goods and materials necessary or related to defence or security industries.
            • Members and staff of Members of Parliament of Western Australia

          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
          • an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by the Australian Government.
          • written confirmation issued by the WA Department of Health of the COVID-19 vaccination received by them.

          For information about how to obtain your proof of vaccination from the Australian Government, see the Getting proof of vaccinations page.

          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).

          Page reviewed 21 December 2021