For Tasmanian employers and workers, information about your obligations under Tasmania’s work health and safety laws and how these relate to COVID-19 vaccines is available at Safe Work Australia's website:
- under each industry profile (external link)
- in the fact sheet for small business, 5 things to know about your WHS duties and COVID-19 vaccines (external link)
- in the Statement of Regulatory Intent (external link), which WorkSafe Tasmania supports.
This information can help you to assess whether a COVID 19 vaccine is a reasonably practicable control measure to manage the risks of COVID-19 in your workplace. However, while this is a decision you will need to make taking into account your workplace, most employers will not need to make vaccination mandatory to comply with the model WHS laws.
A safe and effective vaccine is only one part of keeping the Australian community safe and healthy. To meet your duties under the model WHS laws and minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in your workplace, you must continue to apply all reasonably practicable COVID-19 control measures including physical distancing, good hygiene, regular cleaning and maintenance, and ensuring your workers do not attend work if they are unwell. You must also comply with any public health directions that apply to you and your workplace.
If you need information on COVID-19 and Australian workplace laws, go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website (external link), where you will also find information on matters including giving directions to workers, leave entitlements and termination of employment.