Immunising your children
Payments & services
Some of our payments, such as the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement, Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, can only be paid for children who have been immunised or have an approved immunisation exemption. We also provide a national register to help parents and carers keep track of their children’s immunisation history.
Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (Immunisation Register) is a national register that records vaccinations given to children under seven years old. It also provides immunisation history statements to parents or guardians.
Your child’s immunisation history on the Immunisation Register can help you when you need proof of immunisation. For example:
- you can get an immunisation history statement to use as proof of immunisation for school enrolment. We’ll send you a statement when your child turns 18 months old and five years old, or you can request one at any time
- we can check the Immunisation Register to see if your child meets the immunisation requirements for some family assistance payments, such as the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement, Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate
Immunisation requirements for Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement
To meet the immunisation requirements for the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement, you now need to have your children immunised during the financial years that each child turns one, two and five years old.
Children need to be up-to-date with immunisation or have an approved exemption. Most of the immunisations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are linked to family assistance payments.
The list of diseases a child must be immunised against in order to be up-to-date with immunisation is below.
Immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit
To receive Child Care Benefit, all your children under 7 must meet immunisation requirements at all the age milestones listed below.
Your children need to be up-to-date with immunisation or have an approved exemption.
If your child was immunised overseas, you need to provide proof of the immunisation to their doctor or immunisation provider who will complete an Immunisation History Form (IMMU13). If you do not have proof, you will need a letter from your doctor or immunisation provider stating they are satisfied the child has been immunised and when the next immunisation is due.
If your child was overseas but has not been immunised, they can start a catch-up programme with your doctor or immunisation provider.
Children born before 1 July 2012
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Children born after 1 July 2012
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We will check with the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register to see whether a child is fully immunised, or has an approved exemption, after the end of the financial year when your family’s payments are balanced. This happens after you lodge your tax return. The immunisation requirements affect eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement from the 2012/2013 financial year onwards.
If your supplement is not paid because immunisation requirements haven’t been met, you have a timeframe of one year from the end of the financial year that your child turned one, two or five, to meet the requirements.
If there is an approved reason why your child is not fully immunised and you want an immunisation exemption, you need to provide us with one of the following from your immunisation provider or doctor:
- an Immunisation exemption for medical reasons (contraindication) form
- an Immunisation exemption by conscientious objection form, or
- a letter explaining why the exemption is necessary
Changes to Maternity Immunisation Allowance
The Australian Government has introduced reforms to Australia’s childhood immunisation arrangements that aim to increase the immunisation rates of Australian children.
The Maternity Immunisation Allowance is no longer available. Eligibility for the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement is now linked to your child's immunisation.
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