As a new school year gets underway, Minister for Health Sussan Ley is reminding parents on new measures to encourage families to keep their children’s vaccinations up to date.

From this year, to continue receiving family assistance payments from the Commonwealth (Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement), children and young people up to 20 years of age must be fully immunised, on a catch-up schedule, or have an approved medical exemption.

“Many might be surprised to learn Australia’s vaccination rate, which averages 92 per cent, still sits under World Health Organization recommendations of 95 per cent”, Minister Ley said.

“The National Immunisation Program provides free vaccines which are essential to protect our children and the community from diseases which can have serious health effects. The more people vaccinated, the less chance of a disease circulating.”

More information:
The Department of Health