Committee to examine workplace vaccine requirements with ATAGI

The House Employment, Education and Training Committee will hold a public hearing with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) as it continues to examine how COVID-19 pandemic responses, including vaccine requirements and mandates, are affecting the workplace and may impact the Fair Work Commission.

Committee Chair, Mr Andrew Laming MP said, ‘Vaccine mandates are a significant measure that have only recently taken effect and have the potential to impact the Fair Work Commission’s caseload going forward.’

‘The Committee has already heard from the Fair Work Commission, as well as employee and employer groups, but is yet to hear evidence from a public health expert. ATAGI provides expert technical advice to the Australian Government on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines and will provide that perspective’, Mr Laming said.

During the pandemic, ATAGI has provided recommendations regarding COVID-19 outbreak settings and the risk/ benefit of COVID-19 vaccination in those circumstances.

Public hearing details

Date: Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Time: 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm AEDT

Location: via videoconference

Program: available here.

The hearings will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.

Further information about the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Employment_Education_and_Training.

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