Worker vaccination

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has recommended mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for certain disability workers, noting this provides an important protection for people with disability.

All state and territory governments have issued public health orders or directions relating to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for disability workers.

Under the NDIS Code of Conduct, NDIS providers and workers must provide supports and services in a safe and competent manner, with care and skill. Complying with mandatory worker vaccination requirements, as well as assisting participants to access COVID-19 vaccination, is an important consideration in meeting obligations under the Code and keeping participants safe.

In addition, registered NDIS providers are required as a condition of registration to comply with applicable Commonwealth, state and territory laws, including public health orders or directions in the states or territories in which they operate.

All providers are encouraged to engage with workers on their vaccination status and their plans for vaccination. We issued an alert to providers about workforce vaccination on 12 November 2021.

Information for disability workers about COVID-19 vaccines is available on the Department of Health website.

Reporting of vaccination status

Registered NDIS providers who provide intensive disability support services are now required to report on the vaccination status of their workers as at certain dates during the period 10 December 2021 to 22 September 2022. The information required is about those workers who are required to be fully vaccinated to deliver NDIS supports or services in accordance with state and territory public health orders.

This requirement is under a condition of registration that allows the NDIS Commissioner to request registered NDIS providers to provide specified information.

The information has been requested to assist the NDIS Commission to:

  • monitor registered NDIS provider compliance with conditions of registration under section 73F(2)(a) of the NDIS Act, being compliance with public health orders, and
  • manage the risks to NDIS participants arising from unvaccinated workers.

quick reference guide is available to assist providers in submitting the required information on worker COVID-19 vaccination status through the NDIS Commission portal.

fact sheet that provides a summary of the COVID-19 vaccination requirements applying to workers delivering NDIS-funded supports or services is also available.

The table below reflects data reported to the NDIS Commission by registered NDIS providers and should be considered indicative and subject to change.

NDIS workforce vaccination status

Current as of 04 August 2022

The NDIS Commission has established a requirement for NDIS providers registered to provide intensive disability support services to report on the vaccine status of workers they employ, or otherwise engage, to deliver NDIS-funded supports and services, and who are required to be vaccinated in accordance with in force state and territory public health orders. The below statistics reflect data reported to the Commission by NDIS providers and should be considered indicative and  subject to change.

Provider State

Providers who have reported worker vaccination totals

Required to be Vaccinated

Total reported that are fully vaccinated(1)(2)

Reported percentage that are fully vaccinated

Part Vaccinated

Reported percentage that are part vaccinated(3)

Totals

7540

424386

405409

95.52%

11683

2.75%

ACT

143

12355

12300

99.5%

25

0.20%

NSW

2704

130835

124081

94.8%

4669

3.57%

NT

119

3987

3824

95.9%

148

3.7%

QLD

1551

73026

70663

96.8%

835

1.1%

SA

486

36242

34316

94.6%

1452

4.0%

TAS

197

12698

12182

95.9%

328

2.58%

VIC

1849

120381

114938

95.4%

2840

2.6%

WA

491

34862

33105

95.0%

1386

3.98%

Note:

  1. ‘Fully vaccinated’ means in accordance with requirements under state and territory public health orders, some of which now require a third (booster) dose, once eligible, to be fully vaccinated.
  2. Some registered NDIS providers are yet to report on the vaccination status of their workforce. The NDIS Commission
    is working with those providers around reporting requirements. 
  3. Remaining workers not included include those exempt from vaccination requirements, workers whose vaccination
    status is not yet verified by the provider (such as workers on leave) and provider reporting anomalies.

Related resources

This fact sheet provides a summary of the COVID-19 vaccination requirements applying to workers delivering NDIS-funded supports or services. It provides high level guidance only and does not address a range of variables under each state and territory Public Health Order or Direction. The information contained in the fact sheet is also available in a table format for convenience.

NOTE: The information in the fact sheet and table is accurate as at 07 July 2022. You are responsible for confirming whether there have been any changes to the Public Health Orders or Directions made after that date.

The Deputy Registrar wrote to registered NDIS on 6 May 2022 about new requirements for reporting worker vaccination status.

This quick reference guide explains the process of successfully logging in to the NDIS Commission Portal and submitting information required in relation to worker COVID-19 vaccination. This QRG  provides guidance in using the existing online reporting form.

A QRG has been developed to support providers provide worker vaccination information requested on 10 February 2022 and using an updated online reporting form released on 19 February 2022.

Table: Public Health Order vaccination mandate dates