The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation as of 1st January 2016 known as ‘NO JAB – NO PLAY’ which requires all children to be fully vaccinated to be enrolled in childcare and/or kindergarten in Victoria unless they have a medical exemption. The aim of these changes is to improve vaccination rates and reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. It will require confirmation of vaccination status when enrolling for childcare. Similar legislation is already in place in NSW and Queensland. ‘Conscientious objection’ to vaccination is not an exemption.
Department of Health and Human Services – Victoria
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT – “NO JAB – NO PAY”
What are the new immunisation requirements?
From 1 January 2016 –:
• Parents who do not fully immunise their children (up to 19 years of age) will cease to be eligible for Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement (family assistance payments).
• Children with medical contraindications or natural immunity for certain diseases will continue to be exempt from the requirements.
• Conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.
• To support these changes, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is being expanded. From 1 January 2016 you will be able to submit the details of vaccinations given to persons aged less than 20 years to be recorded on the ACIR.
CATCH UP IMMUNISATIONS FALL INTO TWO CATEGORIES -:
1. Free catch up for children under 10 years of age
From 1 January 2016, all states and territories will be distributing free National Immunisation Program vaccines for all children under the age of 10 that require catch-up. This arrangement will be ongoing.
2. Free catch up for young persons aged 10 to 19 years of families who currently receive family assistance payments (time-limited: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017)
From 1 January 2016, this time-limited catch up program provides free vaccines to families who currently receive family assistance payments, who do not have a valid medical exemption, and now wish to immunise their children in order to continue to receive these payments.
MEDICAL EXEMPTION -: If a child has a medical reason they cannot be vaccinated, an Immunisation Exemption Medical Contraindication Form will need to be obtained from Medicare, signed by a GP and provided to the early childhood service. Parents/carers who think their child may require a medical exemption to one or more vaccines should consult their GP or one of our Practice Nurses.
If you have any questions in relation to the National Immunisation Program (NIP), you are not sure if your child is “Up To Date” with all vaccines on the NIP or if your child requires a “Catch Up’ Vaccination Program to be worked out, please see Tanya or Susan (Practice Nurses) or your GP. Australian Government – Department of Health