CSBS COVID-19 Response
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CSBS continues to follow the public health directions issued by the Chief Health Officer.
The COVID-19 vaccination requirements are now in place and include:
- Staff delivering ‘Disability Support Services’ (see definition below) must have received the prescribed number of doses of the vaccine by 15 December 2021.
- Staff must provide evidence of vaccination to the employer and the employer must sight the evidence of vaccination and maintain a record.
Disability support services are defined as:
- assistance with daily life tasks in a group or shared living environment
- group and centre-based activities that assist people with disability to access community, social and recreational activities in groups involving skilled and experienced support staff
- specialist supported employment which assists people with disability who have high support needs to maintain work in a social enterprise, for example, sometimes referred to as Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)
- assistance with daily personal activities – assistance with, or supervision of, personal tasks of daily life to develop the skills of the participant to live as autonomously as possible
- community nursing care to respond to the disability-related health needs of a participant where that care is not the usual responsibility of the health system.
The full public health direction can be found here
We understand that for some people this can be a sensitive topic, and that everyone will have their own opinion about COVID vaccinations, the public health directions, and how the Queensland Government and NDIS, and the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission responding.
As a Registered NDIS Provider, all we can do is present you with the facts as they stand, and encourage you to do your own research so that you can make an informed decision about your own circumstances.
CSBS is committed to working within our responsibilities, to support each person and your decision.
We have provided answers to the questions we have been most frequently asked below.
Do Participants need to be vaccinated?
No. Participants are not included in this public health direction.
This direction only applies to staff delivering disability support services.
This mandate does not exclude Participants from participating in group disability support services.
What does this mean for you as a Participant supported by CSBS support workers in Queensland?
As disability support workers in Queensland, each of our support workers must be able to provide evidence to us of having had at least 2 doses of a vaccination and a booster if applicable by the 15th December in order to continue working.
Does CSBS have to adhere to these public health directions?
Yes. The Queensland Director of the NDIS Commission has confirmed that every person who works under the NDIS Commission code of Conduct is mandated by the CHO direction. Registered NDIS Providers must adhere to these public health directions and are held responsible for implementing the mandate with their workforce. As a Registered provider we must adhere to these directions.
Do non-registered NDIS providers have to adhere to these public health directions as well?
Yes. Non-registered providers, sole traders, and any other business providing supports to someone who is funded by the NDIS, must adhere to these public health directions.
What is CSBS doing to manage the impact of these new public health directions?
As we move into this new and unchartered territory of mandated vaccinations we will continue to work with you to ensure that your supports continue as much as we possibly can.
We are committed to communicating with you regularly and keeping you informed about what is occurring with your support team.
We are working with our staff teams to understand their responsibility and supporting them to provide evidence of their vaccination status or advise us of an alternative decision as soon as possible and within the timeframes as required by the new public health directions.