2.1.3.70 Recognised health checks

Summary

The following health assessments are recognised for the purposes of the health check requirement under the Healthy Start for School initiative:

  • an age appropriate health check provided under a state or territory program and conducted by a suitably qualified health professional, or
  • a health check conducted by a suitably qualified health professional in another country.

Where a health assessment is conducted, the health assessment must cover at a minimum the following examinations and assessments:

  • height and weight
  • eyesight
  • hearing
  • oral health (teeth and gums)
  • toileting
  • allergies.

A suitable health check can be obtained for a child who has turned 3 years of age.

The table below lists health checks conducted in each state and territory which satisfy the requirements.

State/territory Health checks that meet the requirements for FTB Part A purposes
ACT
  • A 3 year old or 4 year old health check - outlined in the Personal Health Record (sometimes called the Blue Book).
  • A general health check provided by your local general practitioner (GP).
NSW
  • A 3 year old check or 4 year old check - outlined in the Personal Health Record (sometimes called the Blue Book).
  • A general health check provided by your local GP.
NT
  • A 3 year, 3 and a half year, or a 4 year assessment - outlined in the My Child Health Record (sometimes called the Yellow Book).
  • A general health check provided by your local GP.
  • A compulsory health check done under the NT emergency response.
Qld
  • A 2 and half to 3 and a half year old health check or a 4 to 5 year old health check - outlined in the Personal Health Record (the Red Book).
  • A general health check provided by your local GP.
SA
  • A 3 year old health check or a 4 year old pre-school check - outlined in Child Health Record (the Blue Book).
  • A general health check provided by your local GP.
Tas.
  • A 4 year old Healthy Kids Check completed by Tasmanian family and child health nurses.
  • A general health check provided by your local GP.
Vic.
  • A 3 and a half year old health check completed by Victorian maternal and child health nurses.
  • A general health check provided by your local GP.
WA
  • A 4 year old school entry health assessment.
  • A general health check after your child turns 3 provided by your local GP.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A(8) Health check requirement

Family Tax Benefit (Meeting the Health Check Requirement) Determination 2018 Part 6 Health check requirement

Last reviewed: 9 August 2021