11 January 2022

A statement from the State Courts Administrator, Ms Penny Croser

“On Tuesday, 11 January 2022, I advised all Courts Administration Authority (CAA) staff of the final CAA COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

This follows a risk-assessment and consultation on the introduction of a policy of mandatory COVID vaccination for CAA employees.

Under the policy all staff are required, subject to limited exemptions, to be fully vaccinated (two doses) by 14 February 2022.

The Courts are an essential service in our community that have continued to operate throughout the pandemic. We continue to see the number of COVID cases rising. It is critical that we protect judiciary and staff and particularly court users, some of whom are the most vulnerable in our community.  Our staff have a high degree of contact with court users, and it is imperative that we mitigate the risk of moving infection into correctional services, youth justice settings, and into the community.

Whilst this policy only applies to CAA staff, the CAA has strict COVID-safe practices that apply to court users such as wearing a mask in all court buildings, using QR codes at point-of-entry and in individual courtrooms, and practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.”

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