Strengthening Immunisation for Young Children

The Australian Government is strengthening 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 will no longer be an exemption category. Families with children that do not have a medical exemption (medical contraindication or natural immunity certified by an immunisation provider) or who are not members of a religious organisation deemed exempt under family assistance law (except for children under 12 months for the FTB Part A supplement) will not receive CCB, CCR, and the FTB Part A end of year supplement for that child.

Under the reforms, families need to have their children immunised in order to receive the FTB Part A supplement for that child. This means, for any year a child is not up to date with their immunisation, 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, 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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