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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 908 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2021 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY

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

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

(1) Will the government offer protection to small businesses that are required to terminate an employee as a result of applying the government's compulsory vaccination mandate policy?

(2) What form or framework will comprise this protection?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

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