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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1127 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 December 2021 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.R. Whitby
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — MANDATORY VACCINATIONS — FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS

1127. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Emergency Services:

I refer to Legislative Council questions without notice 1105 of 7 December 2021 and 1081 of 2 December 2021, noting the minister's inability to advise how many Department of Fire and Emergency Services employees have been impacted by the Fire and Emergency Services Worker (Restrictions on Access) Direction (No 2) and also noting the state government has provided a response to the media on similar questions. I ask, for a third time —

(1) How many DFES employees are yet to present evidence of being vaccinated against COVID-19?

(2) How many DFES employees have been suspended, stood down or terminated as a result of noncompliance with the directions?

(3) How many DFES firefighters have been suspended, stood down, or terminated as a result of noncompliance with the directions?

(4) Are any DFES employees in contravention of these directions continuing to access a Fire and Emergency Services site?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) Of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services workforce, 96.03 per cent have had at least one vaccination. There are 50 staff who have not provided vaccination evidence or proof of an exemption. This is across the entire workforce and includes firefighters and administrative and non-frontline personnel. Seventeen more staff are on leave. They will be required to provide evidence of their vaccination upon their return to work next year. This positive result from the DFES workforce demonstrates how committed they are to protecting the community and limiting the spread of COVID-19.

(2)–(3) Nil.

(4) No.