Mandatory vax order challenges local business

Constituency question

October 12, 2021

Tania Maxwell MP (Northern Victoria, 15:52):

My question is the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery (Hon. Martin Pakula MP):

My office was contacted yesterday by a retailer in Wangaratta who is going to lose 50 per cent of their staff because they are hesitant to be vaccinated. There is no mandate that people entering their store, which supplies food, have to be vaccinated. They can’t deny entry to unvaccinated customers, but their staff will not be able to attend work, despite other COVID-safe measures being put into place.

Minister, this business will struggle to advertise, interview, appoint and train new staff in one week. The COVID hotline told them to close their doors until this process is completed, but they couldn’t tell them if they’d be given any financial assistance. So, what financial support will be given to this constituent and others in these circumstances?


COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (October 7, 2021)