No Jab No Play
In an effort to improve childhood immunisation rates, the Victorian Government has amended the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. The amendments mean that early childhood education and care services cannot confirm enrolment of a child unless the parent/carer has provided documentation that shows the child:
- is fully vaccinated for their age group; or
- is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with their vaccinations; or
- has a medical reason not to be vaccinated.
Conscientious objection to vaccination is not an exemption.
No Jab No Pay
New immunisation requirements for Family Assistance payments
Only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are fully immunised or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
For further information, download the Australian Government Department of Health's factsheet: