Strengthening immunisation for young children



Author:  Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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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