Clarification of COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemption for residential work

There remains some confusion within the industry regarding the need for workers undertaking  residential work to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Under the current Building and Construction Industry Directions Order (No 3 issued on 31 December 2021) a worker does not need to be vaccinated if they are:

  • Doing repairs or maintenance in a home in which the residents are living
  • Working on a renovation in a home in which the residents are living during the renovation

If workers are working on a renovation in a home in which the residents are not living, vaccination is required.

Due to the counterintuitive nature of this rule, NECA has repeatedly asked the Health Minister, for the rationale behind this decision but we are yet to receive any.

This exemption also means that the recent mandate for building and construction workers to receive a booster vaccination, does not apply to workers undertaking residential repairs and maintenance where a person is residing.

Please note that the exemption from vaccination does not apply to the construction of a new home or new apartments. It only applies to a residence in which people are living.

If your workers do residential repairs and maintenance where a person is residing as well as commercial and construction work where a person is not residing, you should ensure only vaccinated workers are attending sites where people are not residing.