Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit can only be paid for children who have met immunisation requirements.
To receive Child Care Benefit, your child must meet immunisation requirements. We will use your child's Medicare details to check with the Australian Immunisation Register that your child is up to date with their immunisations.
You need to provide your child's Medicare details when you claim, as immunisation requirements must be met at the time you lodge your claim.
Meeting the requirements
- be up to date with immunisations listed in the Child programs table on the National Immunisation Program Schedule – these immunisations are typically given to children under 5 years of age, or
- have an approved medical exemption
The schedule on the Department of Health Immunise Australia Program website tells you the age your child should get certain vaccines. Your child must be immunised according to the Child programs table in the schedule.
Your child needs the appropriate vaccines from the Child program table to meet immunisation requirements.
Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement
To get the supplement, the child or young person you’re claiming for must be up to date with immunisations until the end of the calendar year they turn 19.
We’ll check if they’re up to date after the end of the financial year, when we balance your family assistance payments. We’ll use their Medicare number to check with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This happens after you lodge your tax return or tell us you don’t need to lodge one. You also need to confirm your income details with the Australian Taxation Office.
You’ll get a letter if your FTB Part A supplement isn’t paid because your child didn’t meet immunisation requirements. You have until 30 June next year do this and still get the supplement.
Child Care Benefit
Immunisation requirements apply to all children and young people under 20 years of age.
Your child needs to be up to date with their immunisations when you claim. You’ll need to provide your child's Medicare number at the same time. We’ll use this to check with the AIR if your child is up to date.
Your child must meet immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit to receive Child Care Rebate.
Not meeting the requirements will also affect your child’s eligibility for:
- Grandparent Child Care Benefit
- Special Child Care Benefit, and
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
Keeping up to date
You must make sure your child is up to date with immunisations.
If your child has missed vaccines on the National Immunisation Programme Schedule, talk to your doctor or vaccination provider to arrange a catch up schedule.
If your child is following a catch up schedule put in place by your vaccination provider, your child meets the requirements.
We’ll check your child's immunisation status with the AIR using your child’s Medicare card. You don’t need to tell us when your child is up to date or has started a catch up schedule.
If information is missing from your child’s immunisation history statement, please contact your vaccination provider. They’ll be able to update your child’s immunisation details on the AIR.
If your child was vaccinated overseas, you need to take evidence of this to your Australian vaccination provider. They’ll update the AIR for you.
If you’ve recently arrived in Australia, we can help you translate your child's immunisation evidence.
Read more about the Free Translating Service on the Department of Social Services website.
If there’s an approved medical reason your child can’t be fully immunised, your general practitioner (GP) can send the AIR a completed Australian Immunisation Register immunisation medical exemption form. This form can only be completed by a GP.
If your child doesn’t have a Medicare card number
We use your child's Medicare number to check their immunisation status with the AIR.
If your child isn’t eligible for Medicare because they don’t meet residence requirements, but they were vaccinated overseas, talk to your Australian vaccination provider.
If your child isn’t eligible for Medicare for any other reason, please call us to discuss further.