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The following update is from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chair of Courts Council, Anne Ferguson, on behalf of the Victorian courts and VCAT.

Coronavirus information

This news article may contain information that has since been updated or revised. To view current changes to Court operations related to COVID-19 visit the coronavirus information page.

The Premier announced this morning that all workers on the Authorised Worker list will require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October in order to continue working onsite and will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November.

The Victorian courts and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will provide information about any changes to operations as a result of this announcement following the release of the directions made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Legal challenges to directions under that Act have been brought before the courts. Those matters will be heard and determined according to law. The Courts and VCAT will therefore not be making comment or responding to inquiries that go directly or indirectly to questions of legality of the directions. Operational changes by the courts and VCAT should not be taken as expression of a judicial view about legal issues before the courts.

Please check the websites of each jurisdiction for jurisdiction-specific changes.

Published on 01 October 2021