Tougher No Jab, No Pay rules take effect from July
August 13, 2018
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price supports the announcement that from 1 July, Durack parents who don’t vaccinate their children against disease will lose part of their fortnightly family support payment. Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 a fortnight for each child who does not meet immunisation requirements under tougher No Jab, No Pay rules.
Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Parents who don’t immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people,” said Ms Price.
Since the Federal Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016, about 243,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunisation requirements.
The Federal Government provided more than $14 million in last year’s Budget for free, catch-up vaccinations for children, young adults and newly-arrived refugees. It also provided $5.5 million over three years to encourage Australian parents and carers to vaccinate their children.
Exemptions apply for children who have medical contraindications or natural immunity and have been assessed by a general practitioner.