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 under 20 years need to:
- 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 suitable catch-up schedule according to the current Australian Immunisation Handbook, or
- 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.
If your child isn’t eligible for a Medicare Card number you will need to tell us when you complete your 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.
What payments are affected
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 are not up to date. We’ll tell you what you need to do before your payment is affected.
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.
Child Care Benefit
Immunisation requirements apply to all children and young people younger than 20.
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 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 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
There must be a valid medical reason not to get a vaccine. Read about who can grant immunisation medical exemptions.