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It will soon be mandatory for all WA port workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can access and undertake roles at a port. There are already Directions in place that require frontline port workers who carry out functions involving exposed vessels (international vessels). These workers have been required to be fully vaccinated (first and second doses) by 12 November 2021.

From 1 January 2022, remaining port workers will need to have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to carry out their roles in a port environment.

This includes working on an unexposed vessel (domestic vessels or vessels that have been through the WA Health cleaning processes), or any port activities, port operations or port services including transport of crew from unexposed vessels and administrative, policy and reception work at a port.

These port workers must be fully vaccinated by 1 February 2022.

The Directions for exposed port workers have been revised to include the remaining port workers and are referred to as the Port Worker and Exposed Port Worker (Restrictions On Access) Directions (Directions) issued under the Public Health Act 2016, by the Chief Health Officer.

This will help protect port workers and the communities they work in from potential infection and transmission of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus and ensure that critical services in ports continue to operate during the current public health state of emergency.

To declare your vaccination status, scan the QR code below with your phone camera or follow this link.

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FAQs: COVID-19 vaccination requirements for port workers

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2. What is included in port activities, port works or port services? Collapse and expand this accordion

3. By what date must exposed port workers be vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

4. By what date must remaining port workers be vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

5. When and where can port workers get vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

6. Is a declaration of vaccination status required for all locations at the Port of Fremantle? Collapse and expand this accordion

7. What do I need to do if I want to access secure areas managed by Fremantle Ports? Collapse and expand this accordion

8. Can my employer declare my vaccination status? Collapse and expand this accordion

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11. How do I get an exemption from the vaccination requirements? Collapse and expand this accordion

12. Who can apply for a medical exemption? Collapse and expand this accordion

13. What happens if I choose not to get vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

14. Are port management and administration workers required to be vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

15. Do visitors to Fremantle Ports facilities need to be vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

16. I own a retail business or boat builder on leased land at the port, do my workers need to be vaccinated under this direction? Collapse and expand this accordion

17. Can the public still enter marinas and fishing boat harbours owned or operated by Fremantle Ports, and do they need to be vaccinated? Collapse and expand this accordion

18. Do vaccinated workers still need to wear PPE and practice hand hygiene? Collapse and expand this accordion

19. What are the penalties for not meeting the requirements of the Directions? Collapse and expand this accordion

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COVID-19 information

MSIC Service Centre: Please note that you must make an appointment to be seen. See information here.

Fremantle Ports is committed to the health and safety of our community, employees, port users and service providers. Fremantle Ports is ensuring the ongoing facilitation of the vital link of trade to bring the community essential supplies while doing everything to mitigate the virus’s spread. We are guided by the Australian Department of Health and Australian Border Force’s introduced measures at ports nationally to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To ensure business continuity, we are actively taking measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those precautions are being taken at every level of our organisation in response to the latest advice from government.

Cruise shipping

There are no international cruise ships at Fremantle. Fremantle Ports is complying with all regulations and directions from government.


Other shipping

Container, breakbulk and bulk trades are all continuing. All ships must provide pre-arrival health and quarantine information that is checked by Australian authorities. Ships from overseas that have received clearance by the authorities can berth in the port. All crew must remain on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia. Crew are able to access the wharf to conduct essential vessel functions only and crew must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing these functions. Crew should restrict their interaction with non-crew members to those interactions that are critical to the safe operation and loading/unloading of the vessel. Crew must also use PPE in public spaces on board the vessel while non-crew members are on-board. There is currently no shore leave for any crew. To ensure ongoing trade and supply of goods, international and interstate maritime crew change-outs are permitted and are being managed by the WA Health Department and WA Police.


Suppliers and deliveries

Suppliers to Fremantle Ports are requested to review their provision of goods and services to Fremantle Ports.  If any interruption or delay in supply of critical items is expected, suppliers should notify Fremantle Ports immediately via [email protected]

More information

There are several important websites providing information about COVID-19 you may wish to visit:


If you have questions, please email [email protected] 

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