No jab, no pay for child benefits – Government immunisation requirement

June 18th, 2015

The Government will end the conscientious objector exemption on children’s vaccination for access to taxpayer-funded Child Care Benefits, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement from 1 January 2016.

Immunisation requirements for the payment of the FTB Part A end-of-year supplement will also be extended to include children of all ages. Currently, vaccination status is only checked at 1, 2 and 5 years of age. The Government will also end the exemption on religious grounds, leaving only the existing exemption on medical grounds.

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