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COVID-19 vaccine program

COVID-19 vaccinations for CPV and bus drivers

Vaccination requirements

Anyone working in connection with a CPV service or a bus company, including a driver, is required to be boosted (fully vaccinated)

  • directly provide a service to a person with a disability; and
  • supervise or manage another person who directly provides a service to a person with a disability.

CPV drivers and bus drivers may be seen to be providing a disability service where they have more than incidental contact with a person with a disability and the service provided is principally in a care, treatment or support setting, including for mobility reasons.

This also means that CPV drivers providing services to MPTP members, including those who provide wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) services, may be captured under this vaccination requirement.

There is no longer any requirement within pandemic orders for CPV and bus drivers to be boosted (fully vaccinated) against COVID-19 if they do not fall into the above categories.

However, there are obligations under health and safety laws for employers to provide a safe working environment, and we therefore recommend that drivers keep their vaccinations up to date to provide safe services.

For more information and definitions please refer to the ‘disability worker’ section of the following website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/worker-vaccination-requirements

COVID-19 vaccination policies are the responsibility of individual workplaces.

This means that employers within the CPV, bus and driving instructor industries should consider workplace conditions and safe working environments to control risks of COVID-19 transmission.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends “up to date” vaccination status, which for those over the age of 16 years of age means three vaccine doses.

What are the requirements for driving instructors?

Driving instructors are not required under pandemic orders to have a vaccine to continue working.

However, driving instructors participating in any VicRoads drive test booked after 20 December 2021 are required to be boosted (fully vaccinated) or provide evidence of a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test from the day of the appointment.

Visit the VicRoads website: VicRoads COVID-19 update for industry partners : VicRoads for more information.

For information about employers requiring up-to-date vaccination, visit COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s.

Are there exemptions to getting a vaccination?

There may be exemptions from any requirement to be vaccinated if you are considered to be an excepted person.

A person is an excepted person if they hold an acceptable certification that the person is unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of any COVID-19 vaccine that is available in Australia due to:

  • a medical contraindication, or
  • an acute medical illness (including where the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19).

An acceptable certification is:

  • a current COVID-19 digital certificate issued by Services Australia and displayed through the Medicare App, Service Victoria App, or equivalent smartphone wallet, that states that the person is unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of any COVID-19 vaccine that is available in Australia, or
  • a printed version of the COVID-19 digital certificate.

What responsibilities does a BSP have regarding vaccinations?

BSPs should continue to encourage drivers to get vaccinated and ensure their associated drivers are aware of any legal requirements to be vaccinated.

There are obligations under health and safety laws for employers to provide a safe working environment, and we therefore recommend that drivers keep their vaccinations up to date to provide safe services.

Employers should keep and record the vaccination status of CPV drivers.