New lockdowns across the country. Anyone under 60 can request the AstraZeneca vaccine. Vaccinations becoming mandatory for aged care workers by September.

A lot can change in a matter of days and has done so this week when it comes to the impact of COVID-19 across the country, with major changes to Australia’s vaccine rollout just announced. 

Vaccinations and workforce management: Questions to ask your business

What can I reasonably expect of our people? What role can our business play to get people back and ensure business continuity? What strategies – like rapid testing – can we consider? Use this decision support tool we have developed as a way to start conversations and initiate plans in your business.

We know that Australia reopening to the world – and bolstering our economy – depends largely on our ability to vaccinate the population. Even then, borders will only be opened incrementally. Also, with the increased movement of people nationally, we can expect breakouts to occur. The medical facts support this.

To give businesses and the public more certainty, we must break the cycle of lockdowns, shutdowns and border closures. Research suggests some Australians are on the fence about when or if they will get vaccinated, so how can businesses move forward? And what rights do employers and employees have, and what legally can and can’t be requested from both sides, when it comes to health decisions?

In this webinar, we discuss what’s next for Australian businesses to consider in the ongoing COVID pandemic, including:

  • Policies and plans to address vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, clients, customers and providers
  • Questions around: How do I generally get people back? Can certain days be mandated? Can you create working cohorts?
  • In what circumstances you can require your people to be vaccinated
  • What the future of business continuity looks like when outbreaks are unpredictable and communicable
  • Different scenarios that may play out over the next 18 – 24 months
  • The essential COVID-19 considerations all business leaders must factor into future business decisions

Featured speakers

Greg Keith

As the CEO of Grant Thornton, Greg – like many of our clients – is navigating the continuously changing impact of COVID-19 on the health of our people, the continuity of service to our clients and the impact on our own business. Greg will share his insights as leader of a national professional services firm with offices in six geographies, in five states (and five premiers) – each with differing approaches to battling COVID-19. Greg has had to lead on adapting our business, engaging with clients, supporting our people and, in fact, his own evolving leadership style to meet these new challenges

Greg Keith

Greg Keith

  • CEO, Grant Thornton Australia

Dr Ian Norton

Dr Ian Norton, Founder and Managing Director of Respond Global, is a specialist emergency physician and passionate humanitarian with a wealth of experience in coordinating emergency health responses to disease outbreaks and disasters. Ian was head of the WHO’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative in Geneva from 2014-20. During this time, he led responses to Ebola, Diphtheria and Measles outbreaks as well as to earthquakes, cyclones, and war zones. Previous to the WHO, Ian led the creation of disaster response teams in Australia and was the Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care & Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin. Ian established the Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) framework and designed the field hospitals that are today used for international disaster and infectious disease responses. Ian established Respond Global in early 2020 with the aim of empowering others to be able to plan, prepare and respond to health emergencies in their own countries. He and his team are currently assisting numerous organisations during the COVID pandemic, providing strategic and practical operational support about how to be COVID-Safe now and into the future.

Dr Ian Norton

Dr Ian Norton

  • Founder & Managing Director, Respond Global

Gordon Williams

A leading employment lawyer, Gordon Williams provides strategic advice about employment, human resources and industrial relations issues in diverse workplaces and in the context of the wider corporate environment. Gordon advises his major national and international clients on employment and HR change management issues generally, and as a result of major corporate transactions (on both the buy and sell side as well as mergers and outsourcings). He also has market leading expertise in employee benefit arrangements and related corporate governance issues. Gordon is recognised for his expertise in the International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers and in Australia by Best Lawyers.

Gordon Williams

Gordon Williams

  • Employment Lawyer, MinterEllison

Kristy Fotiadis [Facilitator]

Kristy is part of the Grant Thornton Management Consulting team and works closely with executive teams to align their strategy and operating model structures to drive organisational growth and deliver change. She brings expertise in customer experience, organisational effectiveness, operating model design and process improvement. Kristy’s advice is holistic and accounts for the current economic, political and commercial landscape in which her clients are operating. She has facilitated large stakeholder consultation sessions and is regularly asked to facilitate board and executive workshops. Kristy has worked with some of Australia's largest corporates and growing mid-sized businesses.

Kristy Fotiadis

Kristy Fotiadis

  • Partner, Grant Thornton Australia