From 1 July 2018, Family Tax Benefit recipients will have their payments reduced by up to $737.30 per year for each child not meeting immunisation or health check requirements, where required.
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) recipients will have their ongoing rate of FTB Part A reduced by up to $28.28 per fortnight (or $737.30 per year) per child where:
- immunisation requirements have not been met, or
- health check requirements have not been met by FTB Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment
Recipients who are either in receipt of FTB Part A fortnightly payments, or claim FTB Part A as a lump sum at the end of the financial year, will need to ensure their children are immunised to avoid having their payment reduced.
In addition to the immunisation requirement, FTB Part A recipients who are also in receipt of an income support payment, such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance, and have a child turning four years of age, must also ensure their child has a health check and advise the Department of Human Services before the child turns five in order to avoid having their payment reduced.
For more information please see the Human Services website.
Catch Up Vaccinations
Council will provide free catch-up NIP vaccines for all children up to 19 years of age on an ongoing basis.
If you require further information or would like advice on how to start or catch-up your child’s vaccinations, please contact Council’s Immunisation Team on 9932 1533. Council’s expert immunisation staff can work out catch-up schedules and give the vaccinations at scheduled or appointment sessions. This is a free service.
Immunisation History Statement for Enrolment into long day care, kindergarten, family day care and occasional care
By law, to finalise enrolement for your child in long day care, kindergarten, family day care or occasional care you must provide the service with an Immunisation History Statement that shows your child is:
- Up to date with vaccinations for their age OR
- Up to date with a vaccine catch up schedule OR
- Has a mecial condition preventing them from being fully vaccinated.
What is an Immunisation History Statement?
It is a statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) that shows what vaccines your child has received and, if applicable, which vaccines are due in the future and when.
All vaccines recorded on the AIR will appear in your child’s Immunisation History Statement. You don’t need to do anything to get your child on the AIR. It is the job of the vaccine provide to tell the AIR when they give your child a vaccine and which vaccines they have given.
How do I get an Immunisation History Statement?
The quickest way to get your child’s statement is by using your Medicare online account through myGov or Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
You can also visit your local Medicare service centre or request for your child’s statement to be posted to you by calling the AIR enquiries line on 1800 653 209. It can take 14 days to get your statement in the post.
If you do not have a medicare card, please contact Hobsons Bay City Council’s Immunisation Team on 9932 1533 or 9932 1512 and staff will help you to obtain a statement.
How do I tell if my child is “up to date”?
Review your child’s most recent AIR Immunisation History Statement. At the bottom of the statement there is a section titled ‘Next due immunisation(s)’. If the date of the next due vaccination is in the future, then your child’s immunisations are up to date for their age.
If your child has completed all their childhood vaccinations there will be no vaccines listed under the ‘Next due immunisation(s)’ heading.
What do I do when my child has vaccinations AFTER enrolling?
After each vaccination, you should provide an updated Immunisation History Statement to the service to include in their records.