Article Category - Employment Law By Angus Edwards 02 September 2021

With the key message from both State and Federal Government to get vaccinated, it's pleasing to see the announcement of the No Fault Covid-19 Indemnity Scheme over the weekend to support businesses and protect employees that get the jab on the job.

This scheme will provide protection for businesses that decide to facilitate vaccinations in their workplaces, and will cover costs of injuries above $5,000 due to a proven adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Scheme will provide Australians with quick access to compensation for COVID-19 claims related to the administration of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine delivered through a Commonwealth Government approved program.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme offers protection to Australians receiving a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of where that vaccination occurs.

How can individuals make a claim?

The scheme will be administered by Services Australia, and will provide a central process for individuals who suffer a loss of income or injury as a result of their COVID-19 vaccine. From September 6, individuals can register their intent to make a claim by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme webpage. 

The scheme will be backdated to February 2021, and provide individuals with an alternative option to seek compensation, rather than through the usual often costly and complex court process.

You should consult with your doctor if you have any adverse reactions to the vaccination. Your doctor will provide this information to the TGA to be included in their reporting.

Whilst this is a positive step for businesses to support vaccination, there is an obvious need for guidance in relation to the COVID-19 vaccination from both State and Federal Government, which we hope to see in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact our experienced Employment Law team who are here to help in Bathurst, Oberon, and Lithgow on (02) 6331 2911.

Angus Edwards | Principal