What are immunisation requirements

Your child must meet immunisation requirements if you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A or child care fee assistance.

What you need to do

To meet the requirements, all of your children younger than 20 need to:

How we check

We’ll use your child's Medicare details to check with the AIR that they meet immunisation requirements. You need to give us your child’s Medicare details when you claim, including your child’s Individual Reference Number. This is the number next to their name on your Medicare card.

If your child isn’t eligible for a Medicare card, tell us when you complete your claim.

You don’t need to tell us when your child:

  • is vaccinated
  • is up to date with their vaccinations, or
  • starts a catch up schedule

Your child’s immunisation history statement will show what’s recorded on the AIR.

How this can affect your payments

Child Care Subsidy

Your child must meet the immunisation requirements when you claim Child Care Subsidy.

If they don’t, you won’t be eligible for Child Care Subsidy or Additional Child Care Subsidy.

If your child stops meeting these requirements, you have 63 days to start meeting them again. If you don’t, your subsidy will stop.

FTB Part A

We may reduce your FTB Part A payments if your child doesn’t meet the requirements. It may reduce by up to $28.28 per fortnight, per child.

We’ll send you a letter if your child’s vaccinations aren't up to date. We’ll tell you what you need to do before it affects your payment.

FTB Part A supplement for 2017–18

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 the requirements before 30 June 2019.

Lump sum claims for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate for 2017–18

Your child needs to meet the immunisation requirements when you claim for:

How to keep up to date

You must make sure your child is up to date with their vaccinations to meet the requirements. Your vaccination provider will update the AIR.

If your child misses any vaccinations on the National Immunisation Programme Schedule, talk to your vaccination provider. They can arrange a catch up schedule. This schedule needs to be in line with the current Department of Health’s Australian Immunisation Handbook.

What 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 about the Free Translating Service on the Department of Social Services website.

When there’s a medical reason your child can’t be fully immunised

There must be a valid medical reason not to get a vaccine. Read about who can grant immunisation medical exemptions.

Page last updated: 7 November 2018