Update on Vaccinations in QCS

Posted on December 16, 2021

The recent direction from the Chief Health Officer, which was announced on Saturday 11 December, will come into effect tomorrow, 17 December 2021.

This week your Delegates have attended urgent briefings with the department to raise concerns put forward by their members across the State.

After discussions with the department it is evident that Queensland Corrective Services do not have adequate industrial provisions in place to address some of the concerns put forward by members, nor have they been able to supply adequate workforce planning strategies to alleviate our members' concerns regarding short staffing.

We can advise that members who are currently on leave or suspension are not required to supply their vaccination status by 17 December. There is only a requirement to supply this evidence upon/prior to entering the workplace. 

If you have a medical exemption it is important that this information is supplied prior to your next shift to the General Manager.

The department advises if you are not vaccinated, and you are rostered, you will be suspended under section 137 (1) (b) of the Public Service Act. After 21 days (depending on extensions requested and granted), the show cause responses are considered by the decision maker.  If the employee has not shown cause and not received their vaccination, then they are suspended without pay.

Further to this if you are currently seeking a medical exemption, you will be unable to enter a correctional facility from 17 December.

If you have any concerns regarding your request for a medical exemption or religious exemption, it is important that you contact your union office urgently on 1800 177 244 or email corrections@together.org.au.

If you have any other urgent questions in regards to your vaccination status or concerns regarding this process, contact your union office on 1800 177 244

We will ensure that our members are supported through this process and will continue to advocate for our members to ensure that the correct industrial processes are followed.

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