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Whether you’ve implemented a workplace vaccination policy or fall into a mandatory vaccination category, you're now one of a growing number of businesses required to check for proof of vaccination. 

But what’s acceptable proof, and how do you spot a fake document? We step you through it. 

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Who needs to show proof of vaccination?

Venues

As at January 12, 2022, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption is required in Perth and Peel for people aged 16 years and over to enter the following venues: 

  • nightclubs, music events (above 500 people) and specified high risk events; 
  • pubs, taverns, hotels (hospitality) with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons, or with a licence that allows them to operate after midnight; 
  • a place operating under a special facility licence with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons or with a licence that allows them to operate after midnight;  
  • a place operating under an occasional liquor licence (licensed for 250 or more patrons); and  
  • the gaming floor of the Perth Crown Casino. 

From January 31, 2022, proof of vaccination for people aged 16 years and over will be required in WA for: 

  • visitors to public and private hospitals, and residential aged care facilities; 
  • all hospitality and food and licensed venues including restaurants, dine-in fast food, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns, bottle shops and excluding food and non-alcoholic beverage takeaway, roadhouses, and service stations; 
  • indoor entertainment venues, including play centres, gaming and gambling, theatres, concert halls, museums, cinemas and live music venues, including the Perth Convention Centre; 
  • nightclubs; 
  • the Crown Perth complex; 
  • major stadiums; 
  • gyms, fitness studios and centres; 
  • amusement parks and the zoo; and 
  • music festivals and large events with more than 500 people, unless exempt. 

Travel 

As of February 5, 2022, proof of vaccination for people aged 12 and over will be required to: 

  • Travel into WA, both domestically and internationally (excluding returning Australians who are not vaccinated and will be directed to quarantine); and 
  • Air travel to any region in WA that has not reached an 80 per cent double dose vaccination rate. 

Workforces mandated by Government 

Most of WA’s workforce is now required to be vaccinated to attend the workplace. 

  • People in Group 1 industries and occupations must be doubled-vaccinated by December 31, 2021, and receive a booster within one month of being eligible. 
  • People in Group 2 industries and occupations must be fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022, and receive a booster within one month of being eligible. 
  • Employees in Group 3 are required to be fully vaccinated to attend work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions. 

For more on the rules for these three groups see: COVID-19 Vaccination Guides & Templates 

Other businesses 

Businesses not in the above categories can also make proof of vaccination a condition of entry to their workplaces. 

Any worker required to be vaccinated must provide proof of their vaccination status when required to do so by their employer or the owner/occupier/person in charge of the relevant facility. 

See:  Implementing a vaccination policy 

         Employee vaccine records — where you stand 

How can I check proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination from customers, clients or staff can be provided to you via:

  • an immunisation history statement; or 
  • COVID-19 digital certificate. 

These documents can be downloaded via the Express Plus Medicare app, or via a Medicare online accountmyGov account or My Health Record. A vaccination provider, such as a GP or pharmacist, can also print an immunisation history statement. 

You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 and ask for your statement or certificate to be posted to you.  

The State Government as also launched the ServiceWA app, which connects the SafeWA check-in, as well as a person’s imported COVID-19 digital certificate and any G2G passes.

How can I spot a fake vaccination certificate? 
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