Changes to immunisation requirements starting 1 January 2016

From 1 January 2016, parents who want to receive CCB, CCR or FTB A supplement for a child of any age must make sure their child’s immunisations are up to date.

These changes will also affect customers who receive Grandparent Child Care Benefit, Special Child Care Benefit or Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance.

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, which currently records immunisation details for children under 7 years of age, will be extended to capture immunisation details for children and young people under 20 years of age.

Objections on the basis of personal, philosophical or religious beliefs, sometimes referred to as vaccination objections, will no longer be a valid exemption.

The new ACIR Immunisation Medical Exemption form (IM011) is now available. General practitioners can use this form to identify:

  • vaccines a child or young individual can’t receive
  • whether the contraindication is temporary or permanent, or
  • vaccines the child or young individual is immune to

Please ensure you destroy any printed copies of the previous Immunisations Medical Contraindication form (IMMU11), as old forms signed after 1 January 2016 won’t be accepted. Incorrect forms will be returned, and you’ll be required to complete the correct form.

Software vendors

To support the new immunisation requirements, medical software, both clinical and billing, will need to be updated to include the new vaccines. If you’re a software vendor, we will contact you with detailed information.

Next steps

Page last updated: 9 June 2016

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