Thursday, 18 March 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates; Order for the Production of Documents
I move general business notice of motion No. 1077:
(1) There be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services (Senator Ruston), by not later than the third business day of each month, a report, setting out, for the previous calendar month:
(a) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued;
(b) the total number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued to date;
(c) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register;
(d) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates made available on the myGov app;
(e) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates made available on the Medicare Express Plus app; and
(f) the average number of days between an individual receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate being made available to them.
(2) The first report is due on the third business day of April 2021 covering the period 1 March to 31 March 2021.
(3) If the Senate is not sitting when an update is ready for presentation, the report is to be presented to the President under standing order 166.
(4) This order is of continuing effect until 31 December 2022.
The order for the production of documents misunderstands how vaccinations are recorded in Australia. The Australian Immunisation Register is the unifying national system used to monitor immunisation coverage and individual immunisation status, including for COVID-19 vaccines. Australians will have proof of COVID-19 vaccination through their individual immunisation history statement. The statement can be accessed digitally or in hard copy. These statements are already used to determine eligibility for some family assistance payments, as well as child care and school enrolment in some states. The total number of vaccinations is being publicly reported by the Department of Health and is updated regularly and available at health.gov.au.