Directions for Residential Aged Care Facility workers

Residential Aged Care Facility workers are required to have had at least the first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to enter a residential aged care facility by 17 September 2021, as outlined in the Residential Aged Care Facility Worker Access Directions (external site).

Mandatory vaccinations apply to full time, part-time and casual staff employed or engaged on behalf of the residential aged care facility (such as agency staff working onsite) including:

  • Direct care workforce (nurses; personal care workers; allied health professionals, and allied health assistants)
  • Administration staff (reception; management; administration)
  • Ancillary staff (food preparation; cleaning; laundry; garden; maintenance)
  • Lifestyle / social care (music / art therapy); Transport drivers collecting residents from
  • RACFs for outings
  • Volunteers engaged by the RACF
  • Students on placement; and
  • Medical practitioners who attend and provide care to residents, including ambulance officers.

Vaccination is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged for any visitors entering a residential aged care facility (and not identified in the categories above).

View the Residential Aged Care Facility Worker Access Directions frequently asked questions (FAQs) (PDF 500KB).

Exemptions from the Direction

Last reviewed: 12-10-2021