09 Nov

Australian Childhood Immunisation Register

Keep track of your child’s immunisation history using the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (Immunisation Register).The Immunisation Register is a national register that records vaccinations given to children and young individuals under 20 years of age.You can check your child’s immunisation history at any time by using:

  • your Medicare online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account, you can create one and then link it to your Medicare online account, or
  • the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it to your mobile device from the App Store or Google Play™

Children and young individuals 14 years of age or older can access their immunisation history by signing in or creating their own Medicare online account through myGov or by using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

If there’s information missing from your child’s immunisation history statement, please ask your vaccination provider to send the information to the Immunisation Register.

Immunisation requirements for payments

To meet the immunisation requirements for Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit, your child needs to:

  • be up to date with their immunisations according to the early childhood vaccination schedule appropriate for your child’s age, or
  • have a medical exemption

The National Immunisation Program Schedule on the Department of Health Immunise Australia Program website specifies the age your child should receive certain vaccines. Most of the immunisations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are linked to family assistance payments.

Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement

Immunisation requirements apply to all children and young individuals until the end of the calendar year they turn 19 years of age.

After the end of the financial year when your family assistance payments are balanced, we will check with the Immunisation Register to see whether your child is up to date with their immunisations. This happens after you lodge your tax return and your income details are confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office, or you tell us that you don’t need to lodge one.If your FTB Part A supplement isn’t paid because immunisation requirements haven’t been met, we’ll send you a letter. You have 1 year from the end of the financial year to meet the requirements and still be paid the supplement.If you claim or intend to claim Family Tax Benefit, your child needs to be up to date with their immunisations when you claim. You’ll need to provide your child’s Medicare number when you claim. We’ll use the Medicare card number to check if your child meets the immunisation requirements on the Immunisation Register.

Ensuring your child is up to date with their immunisations is your responsibility. If there are special circumstances that prevent your child from meeting the immunisation requirements within the 1 year timeframe, please contact us.

Child Care Benefit

Immunisation requirements apply to all children and young individuals under 20 years of age.If you claim or intend to claim Child Care Benefit, your child needs to be up to date with their immunisations when you claim. You’ll need to provide your child’s Medicare number when you claim. We’ll use the Medicare card number to check if your child meets the immunisation requirements on the Immunisation Register.If your child isn’t up to date with their immunisations for Child Care Benefit, it will also affect your eligibility forChild Care Rebate, Grandparent Child Care Benefit, Special Child Care Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance.

Source: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/immunising-your-children

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