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By 13 November, all construction workers must be fully vaccinated.
All construction workers in Victoria must be able to provide evidence that they:
If your worker has not had a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or have not obtained and shown a medical exception certificate, you cannot allow them entry on site.
The vaccination requirements apply to any person who attends a construction site, including:
Building site operators are required to collect, record and hold vaccination information regarding any worker (as referred to above) who intends to work on a construction site they are responsible for managing.
You will not be required to collect and store information about workers who declare that they will not be vaccinated or fail to provide a medical certificate. The obvious outcome of this is that they will not be able to work on sites.
You should collect, record and hold vaccination information as evidence of the vaccination or booking status of each person entering the site and keep a record of this to demonstrate compliance.
A record may include the name of the worker, their vaccination status, who sighted evidence of compliance, the date the evidence was sighted, and/or the nature of that evidence (for example, Australian Immunisation Register or medical exemption).
You do not need to retain the evidence you sighted. If you do retain the evidence you sighted, you will need to comply with both Federal (Privacy Act 1988) and Victorian (Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, Health Records Act 2001) legislation that regulates this type of health information.
The vaccination status information to be collected for each person who will attend a building site needs to confirm the following:
HIA’s information sheet Proving you are vaccinated may assist members understand what documents can be provided by a worker.
An operator of a building site is required to take all reasonable steps to prevent workers from entering or remaining on a building site who have:
A building site will include any premises that are nearby or connected to the building site and any vehicle which is used to carry out work for either the primary or connecting building site premises.
Any worker in Victoria who attends a wide range of businesses will need to have their second dose by 26 November 2021 in order to continue attending work.
These dates do not apply to construction workers and other workers already subject to mandatory vaccination rules.
The business types captured by this new requirement that are associated with residential building activities are:
The record keeping requirements are identical to those already in place for construction workers set out above.
Office workers should continue to work from home if they can but can return to the office subject to:
For further information regarding vaccinations broadly, including privacy law concerns and employee issues, members should refer to the HIA information sheet COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace.
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