Your child’s immunisation status affects your ability to receive many Centrelink payments

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Don’t miss out on your Centrelink payments – check your child’s record today!

How do Centrelink check your child’s immunisation status?

  • Centrelink use the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) to keep track of your child’s immunisations and ensure they are up to date.
  • From 30 September, this will instead become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.
  • Under the government’s Immunise Australia Program, children under 10 years of age can be vaccinated for free. And for a limited time, children over 10 years old can be too. If your child is eligible for this, Centrelink will send you a letter.

What payments can be affected?

To meet the immunisation requirements for Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit, your child needs to:

If there’s a medical reason why your child can’t be fully immunised, your GP can provide the Immunisation Register with a completed exemption form.

Make sure your Centrelink payments aren’t affected!

Take a moment to check that your child’s immunisations and records are up to date. You can do this at any time by using:

What to do if your child’s record isn’t up to date

  • If there’s any information missing from your child’s immunisation history statement, ask your vaccination provider to send the information to the Immunisation Register.
  • If your child has missed some of their required vaccines, talk to your vaccination provider to arrange a suitable catch up schedule for their age.
  • If you have a catch-up schedule in place with your vaccination provider and continue to meet its requirements, your Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate or Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement payments won’t be affected.

If you miss out on payments

  • When Centrelink are balancing your payments at the end of the financial year, they’ll check the Immunisation Register to make sure your child is up to date.
  • If you don’t receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement because immunisation requirements haven’t been met, Centrelink will send you a letter. You’ll have 1 year from the end of the financial year to meet the requirements and still be paid the supplement.
  • If your child isn’t up to date with their immunisations for Child Care Benefit, it will also affect your eligibility for Child Care Rebate, Grandparent Child Care Benefit, Special Child Care Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance.

Read here for more info on immunisation requirements and associated Centrelink payments.