Vaccinations as a condition of employment
Before you can start working for us, you may need to be vaccinated against certain diseases.
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 58 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.
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
You may need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for some of our roles.
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination information for healthcare workers.
You can also read:
- Health employment directive: Employee COVID-19 vaccination requirements (PDF 1447 kB)
- Queensland Health Human Resources Policy: Employee COVID-19 vaccination requirements (PDF 1507 kB).
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.
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
- 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.
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.