Possible Vaccine Mandate in DCYJMA
As you would have seen yesterday, the Premier has made announcements about sites and events that will require proof of vaccination to enter or attend from 17 December. This includes “aged care, hospitals, prisons and disability services” in addition to hospitality, entertainment and sporting venues.
In our regular meting with the Director-General this morning, the DG flagged that – after yesterday’s announcement – the Department is considering a possible vaccine mandate for specific groups of frontline employees. This was an early discussion and a decision has not yet been made. There was no proposal as to which groups would be subject to a mandate.
In this meeting, we reiterated our union’s position that health and safety in the workplace is of the utmost importance, and that you as union members must be consulted on the implementation of any vaccine mandate.
Your colleagues in Queensland Health and Queensland Police are already subject to a vaccine mandate, and we understand that consideration is bein given to similar arrangements being put in place to handle medical exemptions. We have also flagged with the Department that consideration of workload, and resourcing, must also be a priority in these discussions.
We understand that the Premier's announced changes scheduled for 17 December has brought forward the need for departments to make their decisions about vaccination. As decisions may move more quickly we may have more information from the Department as early as this week. Once that information is provided we will be contacting you, and your fellow union members, to start a consultation process. Your say is important.
We appreciate that there is very little information available at this stage, which is frustrating, but we wanted to ensure that members get a heads up so that you can be ready to have your say.
Make sure you are checking your union emails so you can be part of the consultation process.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1800 177 244.