Anti-vaxxers who refuse to have their children immunised will be penalised $28 every fortnight.
From July, Family Tax Benefit A payments will be reduced by $28 a fortnight for each child who does not meet the immunisation requirements, reports The Advertiser.
The Government will scrap a former “No Jab, no Pay” penalty which withheld $726 end-of-year payments from anti-vaccination parents.
Many families who received Family Payment A were already ineligible for the end-of-year supplement because their incomes were too high.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter and Health Minister Greg Hunt said a fortnightly penalty would serve as a constant reminder to parents of the importance of vaccinating their children.
“Since the No Jab, No Pay policy started in January last year, more than 210,000 families have taken action to ensure that they now meet the immunisation requirements,’’ Mr Porter said.
“As a result of the Government’s No Jab No Pay policy, national immunisation rates have increased across all three target groups of one, two and five-year-olds.
“This means children and the wider community are being protected from preventable diseases like whooping cough.”
Exemptions from the requirements exist for children who have medical conditions which would prevent them safely receiving immunisations.
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