No Jab, No Pay for Victorian Construction Workers

September 17, 2021
FCB Workplace Law

Industry Focus

Infrastructure & Construction

In response to the rising COVID-19 transmission rates linked to the construction industry in Victoria, all construction workers will be required to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Thursday 23 September 2021, unless a medical exemption applies.

From Friday 24 September 2021, employers will be required to sight evidence from all workers that they have received their first dose of the vaccine, and prohibit entry to work sites to any individuals who do not comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements.

Additionally, construction workers are no longer permitted to travel between regional and metropolitan Melbourne for work.  This is to prevent the virus from ‘hitching a ride’ when workers are travelling between communities and sites.

The economic impact that these new restrictions will have on supply and demand for building assistance is yet to be measured, but it will undoubtedly have significant implications for both the construction industry and its clients.

For any queries on how to best manage these new restrictions, contact Dani Salinger from FCB’s Infrastructure and Construction team.