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COVID-19 vaccination requirements in NT

In the Northern Territory it is mandatory for certain workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Affected workers must receive their first dose of a vaccine by 13 November and their second dose by 24 December in order to continue to work unless a medical exemption applies.

Who is required to be vaccinated?

There are three categories of workers that must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements:

  • A worker who, during the course of work, is likely to come into contact with a vulnerable person such as children, the elderly or Aboriginal communities. This includes those who work in customer facing roles such as retail settings.
  • A worker whose workplace poses a high risk of infection with COVID-19 such as the police and emergency services.
  • A worker who performs work that is necessary for the operation or maintenance of essential infrastructure or essential logistics in the Territory.

How does this impact the residential building industry?

Workers operating at unoccupied building sites and generally not dealing face to face with vulnerable individuals are unlikely to be required to comply with the mandatory vaccination requirement, however members should consider where they work and who they may come into contact with while carrying out building work.

For example, you must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements if your role brings you in direct contact with vulnerable people that may be at risk such as:

  • Display homes;
  • Residents remaining in their own homes while carrying out renovation work; and
  • An office if dealing with clients or customers face to face.

What are the vaccination requirements?

Unless a medical exemption applies, a worker, who is required to comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements and has not received the first dose of a vaccine by 12 November, will not be permitted to attend their workplace and could face fines of up to $5,000 if they do.

Workers who have not received their second dose of a vaccine by 24 December must not attend the workplace.

Who is responsible for checking a workers vaccination status?

The employer or workplace operator must take reasonable steps to ensure that any employee who does not comply with the vaccination requirements, does not attend the workplace.

An employee must, on request, provide evidence regarding their vaccination status.

A business is not required to check the vaccination status or keep a register, but may choose to, for the following:

  • a contractor or subcontractor
  • an employee of a contractor or subcontractor
  • an employee of a labour hire company who has been assigned to work at a business.

You may need to consider alternative working arrangements for a worker who has not complied with the mandatory vaccination requirements.

HIA has developed information to assist members and their workers prove their vaccination status

What are the record keeping requirements?

The employer is required to collect information about an employees vaccination status and keep a register of this. The employer must also record that they have sighted evidence of vaccination. These records will need to be provided to an authorised officer upon request.

You can download a vaccination register template.

Further information

HIA has developed information to assist members manage your COVID-19 vaccination obligations.

The Territory Government has also produced information regarding the mandatory vaccination requirements.

To find out more, contact HIA's Workplace Services team

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