Parents were given from 1 January until 18 March (or a later date if previously notified by the Department of Human Services) to meet the immunisation requirements to keep receiving Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Those parents who did not take steps to meet the requirements will no longer receive child care payments from 2 May 2016.
Due to the rise in the number of children vaccinated over the past few months, there was a delay in processing vaccination records, with some states and territories needing extra time to update the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
As the delay was beyond the parent’s control and may have resulted in their child’s information not being up-to-date, child care payments continued to be paid to allow time for the register to be updated.
On 2 May, however, the Department of Human Services will undertake analysis to determine who had met the immunisation requirements by the 18 March deadline. Those who had not will lose child care eligibility for each child who did not meet the requirements, and may have to repay any child care payments they received between 18 March and 30 April.
Parents have been advised to check that their child’s immunisation records are up-to-date on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register using their Medicare online account through myGov, or by using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
The Department of Human Services will notify parents if they have been overpaid child care fee assistance.