Current Direction details
This direction may be cited as the Emergency Management (Passenger Transport Vaccination No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.
It came into effect at 2:30 pm 10 December 2021 and revokes the Emergency Management (Passenger Transport Vaccination No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.
Who does this Direction apply to?
This Direction applies to taxi drivers, rideshare vehicle drivers, chauffeured vehicle drivers, depot workers, conductors, compliance officers, security guards, booking and ticketing workers and any person whose work or duties relates to the carriage of passengers for a fare by motor vehicle, train, tram, automated or semi-automated vehicle or vehicle drawn by an animal.
What are the requirements of a person who works in the passenger transport industry?
The Emergency Management (Passenger Transport Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 requires that from the dates below, drivers and other workers who have in person contact with passengers or drivers, must:
- received at least one dose of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine; and
- received, or has evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the ATAGI for that COVID-19 vaccine.
Read the ATAGI clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine is available at the Australian Department of Health.
25 November 2021
Point to point driver (including taxi, a rideshare vehicle or a chauffeured vehicle) working from Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Parafield or Port Lincoln Airports
12 December 2021
All other passenger transport drivers (other than a point to point drivers – covered above) working from Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Parafield or Port Lincoln Airports.
3 January 2022
All other people whose work or duties relates to the provision of a passenger transport service in any location in South Australia including anyone who:
What is the purpose of the Emergency Management (Passenger Transport Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021?
The purpose of this direction is to:
- (a) protect passenger transport workers from contracting COVID-19 from passengers they transport or have contact with; and
- (b) reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 by passenger transport workers to vulnerable members of the community they transport.
Does this Direction only apply to passenger transport workers at an airport?
No. The earlier two requirements only apply to passenger transport workers operating at Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Parafield or Port Lincoln airports. However, from 3 January 2022 all passenger transport workers are affected.
What do I need to provide as proof of vaccination?
The following records are accepted as 'proof of vaccination'.
- Medicare immunisation history statement
- COVID-19 digital certificate
- International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
- A written record provided by the healthcare provider verifying the type of COVID-19 vaccination dose(s) administered and the date(s) each dose(s) was administered.
What does ATAGI mean?
ATAGI means the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.
Have the vaccines been properly reviewed by regulatory agencies?
All vaccines available in Australia are approved by TGA for safety, quality, and effectiveness. COVID-19 vaccines must meet the same high standards as any other vaccine approved for use in Australia.
Which vaccine do I need to have?
People must be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine including either AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer (COMIRNATY), Moderna (Spikevax) or Janssen-Cilag.
What if I have been vaccinated overseas?
Vaccines that are provisionally approved by the TGA are accepted. A list of approved vaccines is on the TGA website.
What happens if I cannot be vaccinated because of a medical reason? How can I get an exemption?
- You will need to seek a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner which states that you have a temporary or permanent medical reason for vaccination exemption in accordance with the guideline published by ATAGI.
Any such medical certificate will need to specify the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies.
- You will need to complete an SA Health Chief Public Health Officer Immunisation Exemption Application Form and submit this, along with your medical certificate signed by a legally qualified medical practitioner, to Health.NJNPExemptions@sa.gov.au.
- Your application for an exemption must be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO). If approved, the CPHO will provide a signed exemption letter that can be provided to your employer.
What happens if my application for a medical exemption is not approved?
Medical exemptions will only be accepted and endorsed by the CPHO if they are in accordance with the ATAGI published guidelines.
If your medical certificate is not in accordance with the ATAGI guidelines and is not endorsed by the CPHO, you are subject to the Direction and must meet the vaccination requirements.
How can I book in a vaccination appointment?
To find a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
What COVID SAfe measures can I implement in my vehicle?
It is essential that the following COVID SAfe measures are implemented, including:
- Ensuring compliance with mask wearing and that the COVID Safe QR Code is implemented in each ride-share and taxi vehicle.
- Drivers should promote good hygiene and provide hand sanitisers, where possible.
- Ask passengers to sit in the rear in motor vehicles to achieve as much separation as is reasonably possible.
- Encourage customers to use contactless payment options and avoid handling cash if possible.
- Limit the number of passengers to one person where possible, unless they are members of the same family or travelling group.
- Wherever possible, maximise fresh air circulating in the cabin of the vehicle by opening windows and adjusting air conditioning to increase external airflow (rather than the recirculated cycle mode).
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces after each passenger/trip, including door handles and seat belts.