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COVID-19 POLICY

VISITORS TO THE FOUNDATION

The Waalitj Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff, participants and community.  All visitors to the Foundation are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from January 2022.

This includes our head office at Mineral Resources Park, the Waalitj Hub and all regional offices. This direction applies to all visitors inclusive of our program participants, partners, contractors, service providers, suppliers and corporate clients. Unvaccinated program participants will still be supported through non-face-to-face measures including virtual and phone mentoring.

Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect ourselves and our community against COVID-19, including those most at risk.  The Foundation is proud to promote healthy life choices and foster a safe environment for both our staff and community.

You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the purposes of attending a venue if:

  • You have received all dose(s) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Relevant Authority (or other relevant body) including any boosters.
  • you have a valid medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination issued by an authorised medical practitioner

FOUNDATION STAFF MEMBERS

Based on the latest health advice, a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA has been introduced in a phased approach. As an organisation servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (Group 1) the Foundation required our staff to be fully vaccinated by 31 December 2021. The Foundation is proud of the trusted reputation we have developed across many communities and expects our team to lead by example every day, in all aspects of their work.

The policy follows the existing mandates in place for workers in high-risk industries, including those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or where they are necessary to avoid catastrophic risk to the safety of the community.

It is imperative that our priority remains the safety of our community as we work to provide increased education, employment and business opportunities for First Nations people.

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