Recently, the Victorian Government mandated that all workers provide evidence that they have had one vaccination or booked in to be vaccinated by Friday 16th October. Alternately, if they have a medical reason for not getting vaccinated, they need to go to their doctor and ask him/her to provide a letter advising that they are exempt. In addition, employers have been directed to deny entry of non-vaccinated workers from their workplace. This mandate applies to all employers in Victoria, so MAAW is required to follow this legal requirement.
Both paid staff and volunteers are considered ‘workers’, so we are ensuring that all MAAW 'workers' meet these requirements, by providing evidence that they have received their first vaccination, or have booked into a facility to receive one, or they have a medical exemption by close of business, Friday 22 October. Failure to comply will result in those workers being unable to enter MAAW premises for the purpose of volunteering/working. From 26 November 2021, all workers will also be required to provide evidence that they have received a second vaccine dose (unless there is a medical exemption) to attend MAAW for volunteering/work.
We understand that not everyone has chosen to be vaccinated, it is a personal choice but one that unfortunately has consequences. If MAAW were not to comply with this regulation there are significant financial penalties, plus we have a responsibility to protect our workers and customers by reducing their exposure to COVID-19. If you are considering volunteering, please be prepared to comply with our legal requirements, which are mandated government protocols for all Victorian businesses.
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