Immunise or lose benefits, parents told
The Government says 11 per cent of five-year-olds are not immunised and has announced a shake-up of the system which will take effect from July 1 next year.
Under the changes, families who refuse vaccinations face losing up to $2,100 per child in benefits.
Families will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end-of-year supplement.
A new immunisation check will be introduced for one-year-olds to supplement the existing immunisation checks at two and five years of age.
The FTB supplement, worth $726 per child each year, will now only be paid once a child is fully immunised at these checks.
I didn't realise this had become a serious issue in Australia too. When I was a kid I don't remember it ever being a question of getting immunised or not. It was just something you did.