NSW COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions
Last updated 21 December 2021
To help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep the community safe, the New South Wales (NSW) Government has issued a number of directions that set obligations up for employers and facilities in relation to the vaccination of their employees (NSW Vaccination Orders).
On this page, you’ll find information on COVID-19 vaccine requirements in the workplace, including whether employers can require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
This resource is specific to Vaccination Orders that impact employees in NSW. Each state and territory is different, and you should refer to the specific requirements for your state. For information on COVID-19 vaccine requirements in Victorian workplaces, see our resource on Victoria’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions. See the Fair Work Ombudsman website for a summary of current state and territory public health directions.
There are different types of Mandatory Vaccination Directions that impact employees in NSW. Depending on your industry, you may be required to be partially or fully vaccinated by a certain date in order to continue working. For detailed information about these requirements, including when they apply, go to:
If you have a recognised medical exemption and have been dismissed or have had your employment altered because you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can submit an online application for legal assistance.
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This resource was last updated on 21 December 2021. This is legal information only and does not constitute legal advice. You should always contact a lawyer for advice specific to your situation.