‘No Jab, No Pay’ policy for childhood immunisation has commenced on 1st January 2016

The No Jab, No Pay legislation was passed on 23 November 2015.  As of 1 January 2016, only families that fully immunise their children, are on a recognised vaccination catch-up schedule, or have an approved medical exemption can receive family assistance payments such as the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, and the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement.

Vaccination objection will no longer be a valid exemption.  Parents will maintain their right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children.

From 1 January 2016, free vaccines will be available for children aged 10–19 who require catch-up under this policy.  Vaccines for children younger than 10 are free under the National Immunisation Program.

Parents will be notified by Centrelink in the coming weeks if their child/children does not meet the immunisation requirements for family assistance payments.  Parents will be advised to speak with their vaccination provider if their child requires catch-up vaccines.