Immunisation mandatory for family tax payment

From 1 July, parents will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the Family Tax Benefit, Part A Supplement, after the Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 passed the Senate yesterday.

There will be a new immunisation check for one-year-olds in addition to the existing immunisation checks at two and five years of age.

For the first time, children will need to be vaccinated against meningococcal C, pneumococcal and chicken pox.

They will also be immunised against measles, mumps and rubella earlier, at 18 months instead of the current four years of age.