Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems. The Australian Government’s Immunise Australia Program implements the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule, which currently includes vaccines against a total of 16 diseases. These include routine childhood vaccinations against diseases that were once fatal, such as measles, diphtheria and whooping cough, as well as more recently developed vaccines, such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the meningococcal C vaccine.
From January 2016, under the No Jab No Pay legislation, parents must ensure their children meet the immunisation requirements which now apply for all children up to the age of 19, to be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy. The changes mean that a child must be fully immunised or on a catch-up schedule to receive these payments.
Immunisation History Statements are necessary for child care and school enrolment, and are used by Medicare and Centrelink to determine eligibility for family assistance payments.
Statements are automatically generated upon completion of the childhood vaccination schedule (usually around four years of age) and are mailed to the address most recently recorded by Medicare for that individual. Statements contain details of vaccines included in the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
NSW Health has a new policy for all children enrolled in child care. All parents need to now provide their centre with their child’s birth certificate and an Immunisation History Statement. If you have not already provided these documents, it is important that you do so as soon as possible.
Please note: If a medical practitioner has signed a medical exemption form due to a medical contraindication or a natural immunity, child care providers may have a company policy in place to prohibit un-immunised children from attending the service.
You can obtain your child’s current Immunisation History Statement at any time by contacting Medicare:
- By telephone on 1800 653 809
- By email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online at https://www1.medicareaustralia.gov.au/ssl/acircirgcert
- In person at your local Medicare office, Centrelink office or child support service centre.
Please note: New regulations state that we can now only accept the Immunisation History Statement from Medicare and NOT a photocopy of your “blue book”. It is also important to provide the centre with the updated Immunisation History statement every time your child is immunised otherwise your payments may be ceased, and the child will not be allowed to attend.