On 1 November 2021, the Tasmanian State Government issued a public health directive about workers who are required to be vaccinated.

The relevant workers in the industries and occupations listed must receive their first dose vaccination or provide evidence of a booking or exemption by 21 November 2021.

This public health direction applies to persons who are engaged or employed to provide high-intensity supports to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. See below for full details.

The direction does not apply to persons who provide high-intensity support incidental to their main employment, for example, a bus driver assisting a passenger with mobility and or communication difficulties.

Workers who are required to be vaccinated:

The public health direction, Vaccination requirements for Certain Workers, requires that on and after 21 November 2021, a person who is employed or engaged to provide high intensity supports to an NDIS participant is not permitted to provide these supports unless they are sufficiently vaccinated against COVID-19.

Employers of a person providing intensive supports must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not provide intensive supports to a participant of the NDIS unless the person is sufficiently vaccinated.

The following types of support are high-intensity supports:

  • Assistance with daily life tasks in a group or shared living arrangement: a worker provides assistance with tasks of daily life in a shared living environment. For example, supporting NDIS participants who live in Supported Independent Living (SIL)
  • Group and centre-based activities: a worker assists NDIS participants to access community, social and recreational activities provided in a group setting, either in the community or in a centre. For example, centre-based community access
  • Specialist supported employment: a worker assists participants who have high support needs to maintain work in a social enterprise, sometimes referred to as Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)
  • Daily personal activities: a worker assists with personal tasks of daily life to enable an NDIS participant to live as independently as possible. These supports are provided individually to participants and can be provided in a range of environments, including the participant’s own home. For example, providing personal care
  • Community nursing care: provide nursing care to respond to the disability-related health needs of an NDIS participant where that care is not the usual responsibility of the health system
  • Therapeutic supports: a worker assists an NDIS participant to improve independence and enable participation in daily, practical activities such as language and communication, mobility and movement, personal care, interpersonal interactions, and community living. For example, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics, psychology, etc

While the supports described above as high intensity align with NDIS registration groups, the requirement to vaccinate applies to the type of support provided, not that support is provided under those registration groups specifically. The direction applies to both NDIS registered and unregistered providers.

If you are employed or engaged to provide support to NDIS participants and are not sure if your employment is included in the definition of high-intensity supports, contact your employer.

This information is available from the Tasmanian State Government website:

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/business-and-employees/vaccination-requirements/disability-support-workers#:~:text=The%20Tasmanian%20Government%20has%20announced,exemption%20by%2021%20November%202021 (accessed 5 November 2021)
This information is provided by Jobs Australia to assist Members in Tasmania with awareness of these State Government compliance requirements. We will provide a further update should any changes to this information be announced.

To speak to the Workplace Relations team, please call them on 1800 331 915 (option #1) or email ja@ja.com.au.