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Child Care Benefit changes 2016

Immunisation requirements for Family Tax Benefit and child care fee assistance payments are changing

The Australian Government is extending childhood immunisation arrangements for child care fee assistance – family assistance payments to increase immunisation rates of children residing in Australia.

From 1 January 2016:child care fee assistance
• All children must be fully immunised to be eligible to receive child care fee assistance (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate), and the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement.
• For child care fee assistance claims for a past period (lump sum claims), children must meet the
immunisation requirements at the time the claim is determined.
• Fully immunised means that your child is immunised according to the National Immunisation Program
early childhood vaccination schedule, on an appropriate catch-up schedule, or has an approved
medical exemption.
• Vaccination objection will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.

What you need to do from 1 January 2016
To continue to receive payments, your child must be immunised according to the National Immunisation
Programme early childhood vaccination schedule, or have an approved medical exemption. For more
information, please go to humanservices.gov.au/immunisation

If your child has missed vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program early childhood vaccination
schedule, you need to talk to your doctor or immunisation provider to arrange a suitable catch-up schedule for their age. We will write to you again in the new year with further information about what you need to take with you to your immunisation provider.

About your Child Care Benefit

Important Information
Immunisation requirements for child care fee assistance (Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Rebate) now apply to all children under 20 years of age.

What you need to do
If your child has missed vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program early childhood vaccination schedule, you will need to talk to your general practitioner or vaccination provider and commence a suitable catch-up schedule for their age.

If there is a medical reason why your child has not been fully immunised, you will need to talk to
your general practitioner. You will not need to tell us when your child has commenced a catch-up schedule. Your general practitioner or vaccination provider will need to update the Australian Childhood Immunisation
Register with this information.

What happens next
If the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register shows that the immunisation
requirements have been met by 3 March 2016, you do not need to do anything else.
This means that you may have to pay full child care fees for him and you may also lose any entitlement to Child Care Rebate.

More information
For more information about immunisation requirements, including checking your child’s immunisation status and links to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, please go to
humanservices.gov.au/immunisation