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No Jab, No Pay – New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments

No Jab, No Pay – New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments

From 1 January 2016:

  • Only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are fully immunised or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement. The relevant vaccinations are those under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), which covers the vaccines usually administered before age five. These vaccinations must be recorded on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).
  • Children with medical contraindications or natural immunity for certain diseases will continue to be exempt from the requirements.
  • Conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.
  • Families eligible to receive family assistance payments and have children less than 20 years of age, who may not meet the new immunisation requirements, will be notified by Centrelink.
  • To support these changes, the ACIR is being expanded. From 1 January 2016, you will be able to submit the details of vaccinations given to persons less than 20 years of age to the ACIR.

Age specific Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis formulations

Please note that the vaccines are registered only for use in specific age groups and are not to be used outside the recommended ages:

  • dTpa vaccinations (adult/adolescent formulations)  – for age 10 and over e.g. Boostrix and Adacel
  • DTPa vaccines (baby/childhood formulations) – for under the tenth Birthday e.g. Infanrix IPV, Infanrix Hexa, Tripacel