Protecting our society from diseases is a serious issue – and it can’t be done without vaccinating our children. This is why the Australian Government has introduced the “No Jab, No Pay” rules on child vaccinations.
The 2016 “No jab, No Pay” policy follows hot on the heels of the similarly named ‘No Jab, No Play’ policies operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services must first obtain evidence that the child is:
- fully immunised for their age; OR
- on a vaccination catch-up program; OR
- unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.
‘Conscientious objection’ is not an exemption under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation.
Effectively, ‘No Jab No Play’ means parents of unvaccinated children can no longer utilise essential early childhood services. In turn, ‘No Jab, No Pay’ targets parents financially for not immunising their children. This twin-pronged policy approach is proving to be very effective and is starting to close the gap on unvaccinated children.
Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and child care subsidies
Any parent wishing to receive government subsidies must adhere to the government’s new child immunisation rules and since the rules have come into effect on January 1, 2016, our health clinics and councils have been exceedingly busy keeping up with increasing vaccine demands.
Child immunisation: the rules
- As of the first of January 2016, all children under the age of 20 must stay up-to-date with all necessary immunisations, on a catch-up schedules or have a valid exemption in place to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTP) Part A payment, Child Care Rebate (CCR) or the Child Care Benefit (CCB).
- Vaccination objections based on religious, personal or philosophical beliefs will no longer be a valid form of exemption.
- Centrelink will be informed of children that do not meet immunisation requirements and will encourage parents to speak to their family doctor about vaccination arrangements.
- Catch up arrangements for children under the age of 10 will be free while all children under the age of 10 to 19 receiving family assistance payments will also receive free catch-ups up until 31 December 2017.
- Children with medical issues or natural immunity from certain diseases will continue to be exempt from the current immunisation requirements.
For frequently asked questions about childhood vaccinations in Australia, visit this site: