Join up for the jab to avoid losing payments
PARENTS have until tomorrow to have their children's immunisations up-to-date to ensure they continue to receive Federal Government child care payments.
The payment conditions to receive the Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate come under the government's recent implementation of the No Jab-No Pay policy.
Federal member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker advised local parents to have their children's immunisation on track before Friday's deadline to secure their child care rebates.
Following the announcement of the policy last year, Mr Hartsuyker said there has been an increase in childhood immunisation with the percentage of 12 to 15 month old fully-immunised children increased from 90.69% in 2014 to 92.28% by the end of last year.
"There has been a sharp rise in the number of children being immunised against preventable diseases since the policy was announced - this is great news for those children and the Mid North Coast community as more parents do the right thing," Mr Hartsuyker said.
Parents whose children are not vaccinated by March 18, or a later date if previously notified by Centrelink, do not have a valid medical exemption or are not on a catch-up schedule, will start incurring a debt for any child care payments they receive after that date.
Parents who do not intend to vaccinate their child can ask the Department of Human Services to stop their child care subsidies straight away, to avoid incurring a debt.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Coalition Government had committed a further $26 million under the immunisation package to provide incentive payments to GPs and other immunisation providers to help identify children who are overdue for vaccinations.
For more information about the changes to immunisation requirements, go to the Human Services website.