Family tax benefits only for immunised children

From July 2012 regular immunisation checks will be added to the criteria to qualify for payments of Family Tax Benefit Part A supplements paying $726 per child.

Families will not be paid the annual benefit for any child not fully immunised as they turn one, two and five years old, the minister said.

The new benefit would replace the maternity immunisation allowance, which pays families $129 for a fully immunised child at two and five years.

Families can sidestep the new qualifier if they register as “conscientious objectors to immunisation”.

Meanwhile, in a change to the NIP taking effect from July 2013, a combination vaccine (Priorix-Tetra, GSK) will replace individual doses of MMR and varicella.

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