Supporting No Jab No Pay — Healthy Start for School — new compliance arrangements

The current No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School compliance measures will be abolished, and will be replaced by new compliance requirements.

Information update: This Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.
 

New No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School Compliance Incentive 

Description of Measure

From 1 July 2018, Family Tax Benefit recipients will have their payments reduced by up to $726.35 per year for each child not meeting immunisation or health check requirements, where required.

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) recipients will have their ongoing rate of FTB Part A reduced by up to $27.86 per fortnight (or $726.35 per year) per child where:

  • immunisation requirements have not been met, or
  • health check requirements have not been met by FTB Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment. 

Recipients who are either in receipt of FTB Part A fortnightly payments, or claim FTB Part A as a lump sum at the end of the financial year, will need to ensure their children are immunised to avoid having their payment reduced.

In addition to the immunisation requirement, FTB Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment, such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance, and have a child turning four years of age, must also ensure their child has a health check and advise the Department of Human Services before the child turns five in order to avoid having their payment reduced.

Questions and answers

Whom is eligible for this measure?

This measure will affect families eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

The health check requirements will apply to Family Tax Benefit Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment, such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance, and who have a child turning four.

What date will this measure start and finish?

The measure will start on 1 July 2018 and is ongoing.

Abolish No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School measures linked to FTB Part A end of year supplement

Description of Measure

From 1 July 2018, the current No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School compliance measures will be abolished, and will be replaced by the new compliance requirements announced under the New No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School Compliance Incentive Budget measure.

This means that, from the 2018-19 entitlement year, payment of the end-of-year Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement will no longer be dependent on meeting immunisation or Health Check requirements.

Families with an adjusted taxable income of less than $80,000 per year will still be required to meet applicable immunisation and Health Check requirements to receive their Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement for the 2017-18 Family Tax Benefit entitlement year.

From 1 July 2018, the New No Jab No Pay and Healthy Start for School Compliance Incentive will mean that Family Tax Benefit Part A families who do not meet the immunisation or health check requirements will have a deduction of around $28 made from their fortnightly rate of payment for each child in their family who does not meet the requirements.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

Abolishing the current compliance measures will affect families eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A who have an adjusted taxable income of $80,000 or less per year.

Introduction of the new No Jab No Pay Compliance Incentive means all Family Tax Benefit Part A Families, regardless of income, will be subject to the same immunisation requirements.

Health check requirements will continue to apply to Family Tax Benefit Part A recipients who have a child turning four and who are also in receipt of an income support payment, such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance.

What date will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start 1 July 2018 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 15 May 2017

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