Employees in these workforces who did not previously fall under the WA Government’s mandatory vaccination policy must have received their first dose by Monday 31 January 2022, and be double dose vaccinated by Monday 28 February 2022.
From Monday 31 January 2022, proof of vaccination will be required for entry into a range of businesses across Western Australia.
Businesses, staff and patrons have a shared responsibility when it comes to showing proof of vaccination, with specified businesses required to take reasonable steps to ensure all patrons (aged 16 years and over) are double dose vaccinated or have a medical exemption.
Which businesses does this apply to?
Businesses in the following industries will be required to ask customers (aged 16 years and over) to show proof of double dose vaccination:
- All hospitality venues including restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns, nightclubs, licenced commercial boats and dine-in fast food (roadhouses, service stations, food courts, and takeaway food and non-alcoholic beverages are exempt).
- Indoor entertainment venues, including play centres, gaming and gambling, theatres, concert halls, museums, cinemas and live music venues.
- Bottle shops (including drive through).
- The entire Crown Perth complex.
- Major stadiums.
- Gyms, fitness centres and health studios.
- Amusement parks and the zoo.
- Music festivals and large events with more than 500 people, unless exempt.
- Visitors to residential aged care and hospitals.
Action to take
Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination
Customers can show proof of vaccination via:
- The Service WA app
- Medicare app
- COVID-19 digital certificate
- Immunisation history statement
Visit WA.gov.au to find out more about acceptable forms of proof of vaccination.
Mandatory vaccination requirements for employees
In late 2021, the State Government announced its mandatory vaccination policy for workplaces.
As an employer, your obligations are to:
- Check if your business falls into the list of workplaces and occupations that the mandate applies to.
- Where an employer’s designated workplace is covered by a health direction, the employer will have two main obligations:
- Only roster or otherwise permit to work at a designated workplace an employee who is vaccinated against COVID-19 or is an exempt person (different dates will apply depending on the workplace and occupation).
- Collect and securely store a record of the COVID-19 vaccination status of employees, including any evidence of an employee’s approved exemption. It is an offence for a person to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any of the health directions.
Read our Mandatory Vaccinations Good Employment Practice Guide to assist you in managing employee relations regarding this matter.
- Downloadable and printable copies of signage to communicate vaccination requirements to your customers are available via the WA.gov.au website.
- View our Practical tips for managing proof of vaccination requirements.
- Read our COVID-19 update for business for the latest information for business owners.