No Jab No Play, No Jab No Pay Policies

Table for parents to identify what different national and state legislation in relation to immunisation requirements for child care means for them.

Legislation

Where it applies

What is it?

What to do






‘No Jab No Pay’

National

As a requirement for parents to be eligible to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement, Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, children under the age of 20 years need to be assessed as fully immunised for their age.

The National Immunisation Program Schedule provides a list of the vaccines currently recommended

Some exemptions apply, but vaccination objection is not a valid exemption.

You can read more here.

To check whether your child is fully immunised, visit the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

If your child is not fully immunised and you wish to receive family assistance payments, contact your health care provider to organise a vaccination catch-up program.















 

 ‘No Jab No Play’

 

New South Wales

To attend child care, children must be fully immunised, or on an approved vaccination catch-up program, or have a medical reason not to be vaccinated, or have a parent who has an objection to vaccination (objection will be removed as an option from 1 January 2018).

If an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded from child care for a period of time.

You can read more here.

Children who are fully immunised will require an up-to-date immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

If your child is not fully immunised, you are required to provide the child care service with one of the following forms that has been completed and signed:

  1. An immunisation history form (if on a catch up program)
  2. An immunisation medical exemption form
  3. A vaccination objection form

    (this option will be removed from 1 January 2018)

Queensland

Child care services can cancel or refuse enrolment or attendance of children if they are not fully immunised, unless they are undergoing a vaccination catch-up program or have a medical reason not to be vaccinated. Vaccination objection is not a valid exemption. This legislation applies to attendance at long day care, kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care/vacation care, limited hours care or occasional care.

If an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded from child care for a period of time.

You can read more here.

Child care services may require an immunisation history statement for enrolment and attendance. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Alternatively, a letter from a recognised immunisation provider (e.g. GP or immunisation nurse) is acceptable.

If your child is not fully immunised and your child care service requires this, contact your health care provider to organise a vaccination catch-up program.

Victoria

Children must be fully immunised, undergoing a vaccination catch-up program, or have a medical reason not to be vaccinated, to attend long day care, preschool/kindergarten, family day care and occasional care.

Vaccination objection is not a valid exemption. Children can be refused enrolment or enrolment can be cancelled if these immunisation requirements are not met.

If an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded from child care for a period of time.

You can read more here.

Child care services will require an immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Alternatively, a letter from a recognised immunisation provider (e.g. GP or immunisation nurse) is acceptable.

If your child is not fully immunised, contact your health care provider to organise a vaccination catch-up program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

Australian Capital Territory

Children do not need to be immunised to attend child care services. However, if an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded from child care for a period of time.

You can read more here.

Child care services will require an immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Tasmania

Children do not need to be immunised to attend child care services. However, if an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded from child care for a period of time.

You can read more here.

Child care services will require an immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

South Australia

Children do not need to be immunised to attend child care services. However, if an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded from child care for a period of time.

You can read more here.

Child care services will require an immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Western Australia

There are no specific immunisation requirements to attend child care services. However, if an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded for a period of time.

Child care services may require an immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Northern Territory

There are no specific immunisation requirements to attend child care services. However, if an outbreak occurs, unimmunised children may be excluded for a period of time.

Child care services may require an immunisation history statement for enrolment. You can obtain this from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

 

Last updated August 2017