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Impact on Council Services

Current as at: 21 October 2021

Proof of Vaccination - Council Facilities

Patrons attending Council community facilities listed below will be required to provide proof of double COVID-19 vaccination upon check in from Monday 25 October 2021, in line with new directions issued by the Victorian Government.

Impacted Council Services - Proof of Double Vaccination

  • Greater Hamilton Library (including the Mobile Library)
  • Hamilton Gallery
  • Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
  • Hamilton Cinema
  • Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre
  • HILAC Occasional Care

Essential services including the Customer Service Centres located at Brown Street and Market Place, all Shire Transfer Stations, Maternal Child Health and Home Support Services remain unchanged and patrons do not need to show vaccination status to access these services.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s terrific that more restrictions have eased and that we are moving back to doing more of what we love. As part of doing so, the Victorian Government’s roadmap requires certain businesses and venues to ask patrons aged 16 and over to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If you are asked to show proof of vaccination status, please be kind and cooperate. Staff are simply doing their job by asking so please be patient and kind while the process is completed.

Below are a few frequently asked questions in relation to vaccination certificates.

Where has this direction come from?

It’s important to understand that this direction has come directly from the Victorian State Government in relation to the latest health advice issued from the Chief Health Officer. The direction has been introduced to help reduce the spread of the virus within our community and to keep people safe. The direction requires that for 30 patrons to attend any of the above mentioned facilities, proof of double vaccination must be presented upon entry.

Can Council actually request to see my certificate?

Yes. Under the latest direction, for 30 patrons to attend an impacted facility, Council staff are legally required to check vaccination status. Individuals and the organisation face fines if this is not actioned.

Will Council store data in relation to my certificate?

No. Council staff will not store copies or note down your immunisation history.

Isn’t it discrimination to ask to see my vaccination status?

No. We are currently enduring unprecedented times and are operating under pandemic guidelines. It is a requirement that Council must check vaccination status. It is not about discriminating against an individual or group. The State Government has been very clear that there is only one valid reason for non-vaccination and that is on medical grounds - which will absolutely be accepted once shown via the same process as providing vaccination certificate.

Are Council staff double vaccinated?

It is a requirement for all Southern Grampians Shire Council staff to be fully vaccinated to maintain employment with Council.

What classes as a medical exemption?

An appropriate medical exemption will be accepted if it has a valid date (no older than six months old) and has been issued by your Doctor. Council staff do not need/nor will ask for your private medical history - they just need to see the exemption.

Who needs to provide proof of double vaccination?

Everyone over the age of 16 MUST provide proof of double vaccination or a valid medical exemption. Children under the age of 16 are not required to provide vaccination status.

I’m just here with my child who is under 16 and does not require vaccination. Do I need to still show proof?

Yes. If a parent/guardian accompanies a minor to one of the aforementioned Council facilities or events, the accompanying parent/guardian MUST show proof of double vaccination.

Does this apply to events managed by the impacted Council facilities?

Yes. If the event has been organised or hosted by the Council facility, attendees will be subject to the same requirements as if they were attending the actual facility. For example this direction applies to entry into the Mobile Library as is a function of the Greater Hamilton Library. Same goes for offsite fitness classes managed by HILAC.

I’ve received a single dose but am waiting for my second, can I still attend?

Unfortunately until you have received your second vaccination dose and can show a certificate – you will have to wait until you have been fully vaccinated before entering the facility. We look forward to welcoming you back to our facilities at that time.

Paying your accounts

You can still pay your accounts online and we encourage you to continue to do this whilst we are working on other methods such as direct debit.

Emailing of invoices is also a priority for Council so you get your accounts faster and so that we can communicate with you more efficiently. Please provide your email address if you haven’t already.

For more account information for individual groups of debtors please see the below:

Paying your accounts at Council

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