Strengthening immunisation for young children

The Australian Government is aiming to increase the immunisation rates of Australian children over time through reforms to Australia’s childhood immunisation arrangements.

From 1 July 2012, families need to have their children immunised during the financial year that each child turns one, two and five years to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement for that child. The supplement, which is worth up to $726 per child, is payable at the end of the financial year.

These arrangements replace the former Maternity Immunisation Allowance (MIA), which ceased on 1 July 2012, and are additional to the Healthy Start for School health check requirement for four year old children.

This change creates a stronger financial incentive for parents. Over the three immunisation age check points, families will have a $2,100 incentive to ensure their child is immunised.

Other changes include:

  • The meningococcal C, pneumococcal and varicella (‘chickenpox’) vaccines will be included in the list of immunisations that are needed for a child to be  immunised from 1 July 2013.
  • A combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (‘chickenpox’) for children aged 18 months will be added to the National Immunisation Program Schedule from 1 July 2013.

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