The No Jab No Pay legislation has passed both Houses of Federal Parliament, meaning that from 1 January 2016, children must fully meet immunisation requirements before their families can access the childcare benefit, childcare rebate or the family tax benefit part A supplement.
Immunisation requirements will also be extended to include children of all ages. At present, a child’s vaccination status is only checked at ages one, two and five for the family tax benefit part A supplement, and up to age seven for the childcare payments.
The then Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison (now the Treasurer) said last September that “Crucially, the government is ending the conscientious objection exemption to children’s vaccinations for access to these family assistance payments.
An amendment by the Greens that the legislation should not come into force until 1 January 2018 was defeated.
The legislation now only requires signing off by the Governor General to become law.