Some types of work have a higher risk of exposure to vaccine preventable diseases and may require you to be vaccinated.

Vaccination requirements are outlined in the role descriptions. Our staff use the Risk role checklist [PDF 56 KB] to decide if a role may have exposure to a vaccine preventable disease.

If you're applying for one of these roles, you must be able provide evidence that:

  • you've been vaccinated against the diseases in the role description
  • you're not susceptible to them.

If you’re an existing employee, you’ll only need to provide evidence if you apply for a role in a different entity. For example, if you’re moving from a hospital and health service to the Department of Health, or vice versa.

Read more about specified vaccine preventable diseases and providing evidence of mandatory vaccinations.

Roles that may require vaccination

You may need to be vaccinated against or have natural immunity to vaccine preventable diseases if you’re:

  • a healthcare worker
  • a contractor or labour hire staff member
  • a member of our agency staff
  • a service provider
  • doing a student placement
  • doing a work experience placement
  • a locum
  • a visiting medical officer (contractor)
  • volunteering with us.

Types of vaccinations that may be required

Hepatitis B vaccinations

You’ll need to be vaccinated against or have natural immunity to hepatitis B if:

  • your role requires you to have direct contact with patients
  • in the course of your work, you may be exposed to blood or body fluids or contaminated sharps.

Other vaccinations

Depending on your role, you may need to be vaccinated against or have natural immunity to:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tuberculosis
  • Japanese encephalitis (JEV).

Read more about specified vaccine preventable diseases.

We also encourage all our employees to meet the vaccination recommendations in the Department of Health and Aged Care's The Australian Immunisation Handbook. This is updated from time to time.

Read our Guideline for the vaccinations of healthcare workers [PDF 759.34 KB].

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, you can contact your local recruitment team or the recruiting manager listed within the role description.

Last updated: January 2024