Mandatory vaccinations programs already exist in most parts of Australia for a range of vaccines.  They apply to workers whom public health authorities have identified as at risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19.

Vaccination laws differ from state to state.  These mandates are generally, but not always, implemented through the use of Public Health Orders. However, even without specific laws, there are some circumstances where an employee can be compelled to receive a vaccination as a condition of employment.

The AFP has introduced the direction of mandatory vaccinations via a Commissioner’s Order and National Guideline in accordance with s.38 or direction under s.40.