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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 896 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2021 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY

896. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the government's requirement for mandatory vaccination for employees of businesses in Western Australia, which was announced on 20 October 2021.

(1) How will businesses in Western Australia be assessed for compliance with this policy?

(2) How does the government expect businesses to deal with employees who refuse to get vaccinated?

(3) How will the government assist businesses who lose critical employees due to noncompliance?

(4) What assistance will the government offer to businesses to help them to comply with the policy?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(4) The government is currently consulting with affected industries on the mandatory vaccination requirements announced on 20 October 2021. That consultation will inform the drafting of legal directions and implementation issues such as compliance. The government encourages all Western Australians, including employees captured in the mandatory vaccination policy, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.