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Vaccine mandates in the ACT

  • 1.  Vaccine mandates in the ACT

    Posted 10-12-2021 15:52

    Despite other jurisdictions implementing state-wide vaccination mandates, it remains with ACT businesses to decide how and if mandating vaccines is a lawful and reasonable direction for their employees.

    Common law directions to employees are tricky to navigate as they often present privacy and discrimination issues. Where there has been a dispute, the courts assessed each case on its own merits.

    There has been some indication from the Fair Work Commission that where there are disputes regarding directions, they are often assessed on a proportionality basis, and taking into consideration all the facts involved in the case.

    If you require advice or assistance with formulating lawful and reasonable directions for your employees, or with Workplace Policies generally, the Canberra Business Chamber can certainly help. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Employer Assist Manager today at

    Linda Hudson
    Employer Assist Manager
    Canberra Business Chamber
    Lyneham ACT
    02 6154 6127