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1.1.I.10 Immunisation requirements (FTB, CCS)


For the purposes of FTB Part A and CCS, a child is 'immunised' where the child is up-to-date and not overdue with vaccinations required in accordance with the age appropriate childhood schedule (birth to 4 years) or on a catch up schedule according to the current Australian Immunisation Handbook ( A child may also have an approved exemption from meeting immunisation requirements.

For the purposes of CCS, all children must meet the above requirements ( in order to receive payment.

Where immunisation requirements are not met for children aged under 20 years, an individual's FTB Part A child rate will be reduced (

Note: For income years from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2018, an individual's FTB Part A end of year supplement was withheld where immunisation requirements were not met (8.1.2).

For the purposes of FTB Part A and CCS, the child's immunisation status, which is held by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), is automatically checked in daily electronic reports from the AIR to Centrelink. Where the AIR has not confirmed that immunisation requirements are met, the child will be regarded as not meeting the requirements.

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.1.3 Immunisation & health check requirements, FTB immunisation requirements, CCS immunisation requirements, Vaccination schedules (FTB, CCS), Immunisation - approved exemptions (FTB)

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