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 325KB)

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
  • 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.

Mandatory vaccination – critical businesses workers FAQs (PDF 329KB)

  • Supermarket, grocery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger; indoor or outdoor food market
  • Restaurant, pub, bar or café
  • Bakery
  • 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 – view the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 341KB)
  • Court and Tribunal Workers (first dose by 4 February 2022, second dose by 4 March 2022)

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

Last reviewed: 10-05-2022