No Jab No Pay – immunisation requirements

The Australian Government is extending the immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit (CCB), Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end of year supplement.

From 1 January 2016, families with children who are not immunised (and do not have an approved exemption) will not receive the FTB Part A end of year supplement and child care subsidies.

Vaccine objection (previously known as conscientious objection) is no longer an exemption category. Families with children that do not have an approved exemption — for example a medical exemption (medical contraindication or natural immunity certified by an general practitioner) or, in very limited circumstances, a Secretary’s exemption — are not eligible to receive CCB, CCR, and the FTB Part A end of year supplement for that child (except for children under 12 months for the FTB Part A supplement).

Under the reforms, families need to have their children meet immunisation requirements to be eligible to receive the FTB Part A supplement for that child. This means, for any year a child is not up to date with their immunisations, the end of year FTB Part A supplement will not be paid for that child. The supplement, which is worth up to $726 per child, is payable at the end of the financial year.

These arrangements are in addition to the Healthy Start for School health check requirement for four-year-old children, which applies where a parent or carer also receives income support.

More information:

For people who do not speak English, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is accessible from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call.

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