Since 1 January 2016, in order for parents to receive Child Care Benefit (CCB), Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end-of-year supplement, all children under 20 must:
- be immunised in accordance with the National Immunisation Program early childhood schedule
- be on a recognised catch-up schedule according to the current Australian Immunisation Handbook(see below) or
- have an approved medical exemption.
Parents can check what vaccinations their child needs at the National Immunisation Program website or speak with their doctor as the vaccinations required are dependent on the age and vaccination status of the child.
Immunisation catch-up schedules
If children have not been fully vaccinated according to the schedule, funding is available under the Australian Government's Immunise Australia Program for them to catch up. Catch-up arrangements are available in two categories:
- Children under 10 years of age can get free vaccinations, and
- Children aged 10 to 19 years can be vaccinated for free (time-limited: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017), if eligible.
For more details, read the Immunisation Catch-up Arrangements Fact Sheet.
Vaccination objection (conscientious objectors)
Vaccination objection (previously known as conscientious objection) is no longer an approved exemption from vaccination requirements.
The choice not to vaccinate on the grounds of vaccination objection is not supported by public health policy or medical research.
Parents can still choose not to immunise their child, but they won't be able to receive Child Care Benefit (CCB), Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement.
To find out more about the No Jab, No Pay policy, visit the Department of Human Services website or read the What are the immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit (CCB)? fact sheet.