Vaccination requirements for school sites
In line with the department’s updated COVID-19 vaccination policy, department staff are no longer required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
Last updated 2:00 pm 9 October 2023
COVID-19 vaccination is the best protection against severe illness. The department continues to strongly encourage all staff remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, as determined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccination, staff are strongly encouraged to maintain up-to-date vaccinations for their own personal health.
Department staff, including school-based staff, will not be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a medical contraindication as a condition of employment.
Staff working in hospital schools and Juvenile Justice Centre schools are required to comply with the highest order vaccination requirement as determined by NSW Health and Department of Communities and Justice respectively.
The department’s COVID-smart layered measures continue to be in place to allow face-to-face learning and teaching while maintaining student and staff wellbeing at our schools.
Refer to our Advice for families page for further information on our COVID-smart measures.
Who needs to be vaccinated?
While vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer mandatory, the department strongly encourages that all department staff remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, this includes staff working at or visiting schools for specific purposes (SSPs), as well as Assisted Travel Support Officers (ATSOs) and Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP) drivers.
Department of Education staff working in hospital schools and Juvenile Justice Centre schools will be required to comply with the highest order vaccination requirement for vaccination as determined by NSW Health and Department of Communities and Justice respectively.
Notably, vaccination requirements do not apply to an education or care worker who carries out relevant work in an emergency. An emergency includes events such as paramedics responding to a medical emergency, firefighters responding to a fire or gas leak, workers responding to a sewage leak.
Vaccinations for visitors and volunteers
There are no vaccination requirements for non-Department of Education staff, visitors and volunteers at SSPs. They are however required to wear masks whilst working/volunteering with students at greater risk of serious illness should they contract COVID-19.
Vaccinations are not mandatory for students. However, anyone eligible (currently anyone aged 5 and over) is encouraged to get vaccinated.