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The Australian and state and territory governments have issued guidance on when a person will be exempt from wearing a face mask.
These exemptions include:
Some examples of lawful reasons for not wearing a face mask are:
And many many more.
I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a face mask, do I need a medical certificate stating I don’t need to wear a face mask?
There is no current legislation or law that a person must provide a medical certificate for their mask exemption. In fact, pursuant to the Australian Privacy Principles, it is unlawful for businesses to require the provision of more information than is reasonably necessary for them to perform their operations.
The statement that a person is unable to wear a mask is sufficient information and the public health directions in each state have made it clear that people are not required to provide proof of their reason for being unable to wear a face mask.
NSW & SA
Unfortunately, in a bold and what we classify as, unlawful, move in South Australia and New South Wales, the Government has amended the mandates to compel the provision of medical evidence to a police officer when requested, including the provision of your name and address. That medical evidence initially anticipated a medical exemption letter from a registered medical practitioner; however, this now includes a statutory declaration that you can prepare yourself which names the medical condition and then clearly articulates how this medical condition may impact on your condition.
For this reason, we have linked below links to where you need to go to get a copy of the statutory declaration:
In terms of how to write the content of the statutory declaration, please refer to the template we specify below under Example of Doctor’s Medical Mask Exemption. In relation to when you a mental health condition due to rape and/or sexual abuse, there is absolutely no compulsion to expose or explain this in your mask exemption. It is sufficient to state clearly that you have a mental health condition due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and this does not allow you to wear the mask as this will lead to feelings of aggravation and claustrophobia. This is sufficient and you do not need to explain anymore.
We also note here that many people have realised that they have a medical health condition which does not allow them to wear the mask over elongated periods of time after they have legitimately attempted to wear the mask. If that is the case for you, then you need to go to your general practitioner and explain the situation and that you derived your medical condition after your attempts to wear the mask.
As part of the statutory declaration process, you will need to take this form and have it sworn i.e. witnessed by a justice of the peace and/or your local pharmacist.
Example of Doctor’s Medical Mask Exemption & Statutory Declaration Please edit to suit your situation. For example, write I, me, my for the stat dec as you are talking about yourself in the public to access goods and services, not the workplace.
“Mandy has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder since 2012. The present directives that have created a mandate for wearing a mask at the workplace cannot be satisfied by Mandy. In my opinion, Mandy is legitimately exempted from wearing the mask as the mental health disorder will create feelings of disorientation and trigger past memories. Her fitness for work will be impacted by wearing a mask and as she does not present with any COVID-19 symptoms or influenza symptoms she is not to be a risk to any other person. It is sufficient for her to be attending work and socially distance. There are no reasonable adjustments that can be made for her condition to accommodate wearing a mask.”
In general terms, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in some public indoor settings, on domestic flights to and from a State or Territory, when travelling on public transport, in a taxi or ride share vehicle. There are a number of lawful reasons to not wear a face mask and patrons must wear a mask unless they have a lawful reason not to do so. Businesses should not refuse service to patrons who may have a valid lawful reason for not wearing a mask. For more information on face masks and human rights, visit the Human Rights website. This is the Victorian one but it is applicable in most States and Territories.
In various States, there are Government guidelines that operate in relation to masking requirements.
In Victoria, the mask requirements are contained here and here which effectively act as the authorisation from the Department. In general terms, masking requirements continue in certain indoor spaces. For those who work in a health care setting, whereby PPE (masks) are required, here are the current directions for Victoria which cover when you have to wear a mask and when you don’t. If the health care sector you are working in is breaching these policies, ensure that they are shown the current Victorian Directions here. You do not have to wear a mask outside of these Directions.
In Western Australia, information regarding masks can be found here and at present there is a strict mask mandate applying across all of the State.
The current mask mandates for Queensland can be found here.
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