8.1.1 Immunisation Requirement Changes from 01/07/2018

Summary

From 1 July 2018, the No Jab, No Pay measure was strengthened with new compliance arrangements to provide a more immediate incentive for parents to immunise their children. Where immunisation requirements are not met for children aged under 20 years, rather than withholding the FTB Part A end of year supplement, an individual's FTB Part A child rate will be reduced (2.1.3.10).

Note: From 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2015, immunisation requirements were assessed in the income years in which the FTB child turned 1, 2 and 5 years. Past period or lump sum claims for income years from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2018, where immunisation requirements are not met an individual's FTB Part A end of year supplement is withheld, rather than an individual's FTB Part A child rate being reduced (8.1.2).

Certification of medical contraindication & natural immunity

From 17 August 2017, a recognised immunisation provider (1.1.R.09), including a general practitioner (1.1.G.12), can certify that immunisation of a child would be medically contraindicated or that a child does not require immunisation because the child has developed a natural immunity. From 1 January 2016 to 16 August 2017, only general practitioners could certify medical contraindication and natural immunity.

Last reviewed: 2 July 2018