Immunising your children
Payments & services
Some of our payments can only be paid for children who have been immunised or have an approved immunisation exemption.
Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
Keep track of your child’s immunisation history on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. The immunisation register is a national register that records vaccinations given to children under 7 years old.
Your child’s 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 5 years old, or you can get one anytime using your Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare app
- 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 need to have your children immunised during the financial years that each child turns 1, 2 and 5 years old.
Children need to be up to date with immunisation or have an approved exemption. The National Immunisation Program Schedule specifies at what ages your child should receive certain vaccines. Most of the immunisations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are linked to family assistance payments.
Immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit
To receive Child Care Benefit, all your children under 7 must meet immunisation requirements.
Your child needs to be up to date with immunisation or have an approved exemption. The National Immunisation Program Schedule specifies at what ages your child should receive certain vaccines. Most of the immunisations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are linked to family assistance payments.
To help make sure your child's records are up to date, the Immunisation Register can record vaccinations your child received while overseas. Your Australian doctor or immunisation provider just needs to send the overseas vaccination details to the Immunisation Register.
Standard vaccination schedule for family assistance
Children born before 1 July 2012
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Children born after 1 July 2012
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The immunisation requirements affect eligibility for the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement from the 2012–2013 financial year onwards. We will check with the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register to see whether your child is 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 and your income details are confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office or you tell us that you don’t need to lodge one.
If your supplement is not paid because immunisation requirements haven’t been met, you have 1 year from the end of the financial year that your child turned 1, 2 or 5, to meet the requirements.
If you submit or intend to submit a lump sum Family Tax Benefit claim and there are special circumstances that prevent your child from meeting the immunisation requirements within the 1 year timeframe, please contact us to discuss.
Additional vaccines are provided to children free of charge under the National Immunisation Program. Read more about the National Immunisation Program Schedule on the Department of Health website.
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 1 of the following from your immunisation provider or doctor:
- an Immunisation exemption for medical reasons (contraindication) form; or
- an Immunisation exemption by conscientious objection form; or
- a letter explaining why the exemption is necessary
Popular forms include: