Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination update
as at 21 February 2022
In October 2021, the WA State Government announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA, to be introduced in a phased approach.
These apply to both volunteers and paid workers on impacted workforces and sites. In most instances, ad hoc volunteers (providing services no more than once per week and only at one location) are excluded.
From 22 December 2021, all volunteers covered by the mandatory policy must also have received a booster, a third dose, within one month of becoming eligible. All volunteers (subject to mandatory vaccination requirements):
- that have been double vaccinated on or before 4 September 2021 are
- eligible for a booster from 4 January 2022 and
- required to have a booster by 4 February 2022
- that were double vaccinated after 4 September 2021 are
- eligible for a booster within four months of being double vaccinated and
- required to have a booster within one month of becoming eligible.
There are Public Health Directions in place for a range of volunteer roles and sites in WA including:
- Health volunteers
- Aged care volunteers
- Community care services volunteers
- Fire and emergency services volunteers
- Education volunteers
Volunteering WA strongly encourages all volunteers to be vaccinated to protect their health and safety and the community.
Vaccine requirements for volunteers
Volunteering WA will continue to distribute further advice as it becomes available. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter for regular updates.
Dedicated Vaccination Hubs
There are now dedicated vaccination hubs for people working in aged care, disability care and childcare – which can also be accessed by volunteers (and people with a disability).
The list of clinics is available here.
Mandatory vaccines for health care volunteers
Most WA health care workers, including volunteers, are required to be double vaccinated and to receive a booster within one month of being eligible.
Mandatory vaccines for residential aged care volunteers
Most volunteers in residential aged care facilities are required to be double vaccinated and to receive a booster within one month of being eligible.
Read the latest information on vaccines for aged care volunteers - including definitions, exemptions and the Act here.
Mandatory vaccines for community care services volunteers
The WA State Government has published the Community Care Services Worker Directions. These require volunteers affected to be double vaccinated and have a booster shot within one month of being eligible.
Please find an example of a vaccination policy of Uniting WA, shared through the WACOSS network, that may be of assistance for VIOs impacted by this requirement here.
Mandatory vaccines for fire and emergency services volunteers
Active fire and emergency services volunteers are now required to be vaccinated under the WA State Government Fire and Emergency Services Worker Directions. These require volunteers affected to be double vaccinated by 31 January 2022 and have a booster shot within one month of being eligible.
Specifically included are volunteers from organisations such as Salvation Army, Country Women's Association and any other not for profit organisations or community groups that provide welfare services in response to a fire or emergency incident.
The Police Mission Critical Areas Directions
This states anyone undertaking work or attending meetings at various Police facilities will need to show evidence of their full vaccination (including boosters) before entering Police facilities.
Mandatory vaccines for education volunteers
The WA State Government has published the Education Worker Directions. These require volunteers affected to be double vaccinated by 31 January 2022 and have a booster shot within one month of being eligible.
VIO Vaccination Policies
As the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations continues for a range of Commonwealth and State Government roles and sites, the not-for–profit sector is continuing to develop and review their vaccination policies.
We encourage volunteers to ask VIOs about Government mandates and VIO policies impacting on their role.
VIOs are encouraged to communicate any changes as promptly as possible, support volunteers in accessing vaccinations as required and consider changes to other volunteer roles (if a volunteer is unable to be vaccinated).
Any vaccination certificates held as part of this process, need to be held in a highly secure environment, recognising the high level of privacy afforded to personal health information.
Specific queries from VIOs regarding the application of the Public Health Directions can be made to the Chief Health Officer by emailing: CHO@health.wa.gov.au
Other useful resources
- Finding virtual volunteering roles
- Resources and Guides for volunteer involving organisations
- NFPLaw - managing people through COVID-19 resources
- External contacts
- Volunteering WA Fact Sheets and Guides
The Australian Department of Health has an online, up to date resource, the COVID-19 Restriction Checker. It lets you know what restrictions are in place for different types of gatherings, activities and organisations in each State and Territory. You can access this easy to use resource here.