To get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit your child must meet immunisation requirements.
Meeting the requirements
- be up to date with immunisations listed in the Child programs table on the Department of Health’s National Immunisation Program Schedule
- be on a catch-up schedule according to the current Australian Immunisation Handbook, or
- have an approved medical exemption which has been recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
How we check
We’ll use your child's Medicare details to check with the AIR that your child meets immunisation requirements. You need to give us your child’s Medicare details when you claim.
You don’t need to tell us when your child:
- is vaccinated
- is up to date, or
- starts a catch up schedule
Your child’s immunisation history statement will show what’s recorded on the AIR.
FTB Part A supplement
To get the supplement, your child needs to meet immunisation requirements. They must meet them until the end of the calendar year they turn 19.
We’ll check the AIR after the end of each financial year. We do this when we balance your family assistance payments.
We’ll tell you if we can’t pay your FTB Part A supplement due to immunisation requirements. You may still get it if your child meets requirements and we’re told before 30 June of the next year.
Child Care Benefit
Immunisation requirements apply to all children and young people under 20 years of age.
Your child’s immunisations need to be up to date when you make a claim.
Your child must meet immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit to receive Child Care Rebate.
Not meeting the immunisation requirements will also affect:
- 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 to meet the requirements.
If your child misses any vaccinations on the National Immunisation Programme Schedule, talk to your doctor or vaccination provider. They can arrange a catch up schedule. This schedule needs to be according to the current Australian Immunisation Handbook.
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.
We may be able 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 a medical reason your child can’t be fully immunised
Speak to your general practitioner (GP). They’ll notify the AIR if it’s a valid reason.
If your child doesn’t have a Medicare card number
You can enrol them with Medicare. They’ll be automatically added to the AIR.
Talk to your Australian vaccination provider if your child isn’t eligible for Medicare because:
- they don’t meet residence requirements, and
- they were vaccinated overseas
For any other reason, please call us.