Date: 7 December 2021
Court/Tribunal: Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
Judicial Officer/Tribunal Member: McLennan IC
Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) Sections: s 13
Rights Considered: N/A
Other Legislation: Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld) ss 451, 562B, 562C, 564;
Police Service Administration Act 1990 (Qld) ss 2, 8; Public Service Act 2008 (Qld) ss 110, 119, 147, 148, 194.
Keywords: Training and Employment; Public Law Considerations: COVID-19 Directions

The case concerned an application for an exemption pertaining to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for police officers and certain staff members due to concern about a potential adverse reaction. The Commission considered that it was not unreasonable to refuse the exemption request after accounting for the applicant’s proposed risk management measures and in balance with their human rights pursuant to the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). The Commission did not provide any substantive discussion of human rights.

Visit the judgement: Radev v State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) [2021] QIRC 414