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Call our Multilingual Phone Service to speak with us in your language about your Centrelink payments and services.
Your child must meet immunisation requirements if you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A or child care fee assistance.
To meet the requirements, all of your children younger than 20 need to:
- meet the Childhood schedule on the Department of Health’s National Immunisation Program Schedule
- be on a suitable catch up schedule in line with the Department of Health’s current Australian Immunisation Handbook
- have an approved medical exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
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
- 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
Your child must meet immunisation requirements to get:
- Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy
- the full rate of FTB Part A
- the FTB Part A supplement for 2017-18
- a lump sum of Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate for 2017-18.
Child Care Subsidy
If you get this subsidy and 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 immunisation requirements. Your payments 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
Your child needs to meet the immunisation requirements 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
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.
Help may be available to have your child's immunisation evidence translated. 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 reasons for medical exemptions and who can grant immunisation medical exemptions.