Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Based on the latest health advice, a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA will be introduced in a phased approach.

The policy follows the existing mandates in place for workers in high-risk industries, including those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or where it is necessary to avoid catastrophic risk to the safety of the community.

The policy’s phased approach is to apply mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for expanded industries in WA, as well as a requirement for all critical workers to be vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions.

Learn more about showing proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations (external site).

View the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 550KB)

Group First dose Second dose
Group 1 – Industries and occupations First dose by 1 December 2021 Fully vaccinated by 31 December 2021
Group 2 – Industries and occupations First dose by 31 December 2021 Fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022
Group 1 – Industries and occupations

Industries determined to have high transmission risk, vulnerability risk or are necessary or critical to the safety of the community.

  • Border control and air transport
  • Residential and non-residential community care services including in relation to:
  • Corrective services
  • Remaining WA Police
  • Fire and emergency services (excluding volunteers)
  • Abattoirs and meat processing – view the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 254KB)
Group 2 – Industries and occupations

Industries and workforce deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of critical services to the community.

  • Supermarket, grocery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger; indoor or outdoor food market
  • Restaurant, pub, bar or café
  • Bakery
  • Post office
  • Hardware and department stores
  • Child care or family day care provider
  • Staff working in or entering remote Aboriginal communities
  • School or boarding school (teachers and other support staff)*
  • TAFEs and colleges of vocational education
  • Financial institution
  • Critical infrastructure and services necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the community, any person, animal or premises
    • Veterinary clinic
    • Utilities – power, gas and water, public and private
    • Security provided to critical providers/workplaces only
    • Government regulators
    • Domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery
  • Petrol station, truck stops and roadhouses
  • Public transport
  • Commercial transport including taxis, rideshare and other passenger services
  • Remaining Port operations
  • Remaining commercial transport, freight or logistics
  • Hotel, motel or other accommodation facility to provide accommodation services
  • Funerary or mortuary services
  • Building, maintenance or construction services.

Note: All school staff will require double dose prior to 31 January, the start of Term 1.

In the event of a lockdown

The following will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions.

  • Other click and collect retail
  • Bottle shop
  • Newsagent
  • Pet store
  • Wholesaler
  • Conveyancing settlement agents (time critical legal matters)
  • Government or local government services (where working from home not possible)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Vehicle and mechanical repair services
  • Journalist and media services
  • Administrative services provided by an employer to enable its employees to work from home
  • Forestry (for critical reasons)
  • Primary industries (necessary to provide food to, and care of animals and maintenance of crops)
  • Factories, manufacturing, production, distribution etc.
    • Factory or similar facility that is not able to shut down without causing damage or loss
    • Production and distribution of food and groceries, liquor, medical and pharmaceutical products
    • Commercial operations that supply goods or services for the implementation of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19; necessary to support any critical business activities, or to support the export of goods and services from WA
    • Manufacturing, fabrication or assembly of goods and materials necessary or related to defence or security industries
  • Members and staff of Members of Parliament of Western Australia.
Mandates underway
  • Hotel quarantine
  • Ports (exposed workers)
  • Residential aged care
  • Mission critical areas in WA Police
  • Parts of public and private hospitals and public healthcare facilities
  • Cross-border freight (road and rail) workers – high and extreme risk locations only
  • Remaining public and private hospitals and public healthcare facilities
  • Primary and community health
  • Onsite resources sector
Last reviewed: 03-12-2021