Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (Order) was issued by the NSW Chief Health Officer under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) on 21 August 2021.
The Order comes into effect on 30 August 2021 and imposes requirements upon authorised workers that reside in Local Government Areas (LGA) of concern and are required to leave that LGA for work to:
- have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, or
- have been issued a medical contraindication certificate (this is a prescribed form that certifies that because of a specified medical contraindication the person cannot have a COVID-19 vaccine).
The Order also requires such workers to carry and produce identification as well as evidence of their vaccination status or medical contraindication certificate, upon request from their employer.
As at today’s date the LGAs of concern are:
The LGAs of concern are likely to change from time to time as the NSW Government adds or removes LGAs as LGAs of concern.
Professionals Australia considers the following to be important employer steps in response to the Order;
- The employer immediately consults and works with members to determine precisely those who are impacted and what that impact is likely to be.
- The employer speaks with members who are impacted and:
- confirms that the Order currently requires them to be vaccinated (or hold a or a medical contraindication certificate) in order to perform the duties of their position; and
- confirms that they will be in a position to comply with the Order and produce evidence of their vaccination status, or a medical contraindication certificate.
- In the event that some of our members are unable to meet the requirements of the Order the employer should work with each individual on a plan to manage the impact.
If the member has a vaccination booking the employer should provide alternative work from home duties, or, if such duties are not able to be provided, the employer should provide paid special leave until they are able to comply with the Order.
If the member has chosen not to be vaccinated, the employer should provide alternative work from home duties, or, if such duties are not able to be provided, the employer should consider special leave and alternate leave arrangements until the Order is revoked.
Impacted members should talk with their employer immediately about the employers plans to support employees who are residing in an area of concern and are required to leave the area of concern for work.
PA members that remained concerned, please contact your local PA delegate or Organiser for further advice.