NEW “no jab, no pay” laws will result in welfare payments cut by $28 a fortnight for parents whose children don’t meet immunisation requirements.

Under the new legislation fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced for each child that has not been vaccinated from July 1.

Previously parents whose children are not fully vaccinated lost their Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement, worth $737. The new changes will see them lose $28 per fortnight instead, which is overall roughly the same amount of money.

“The government considers there is no excuse for parents who, for no valid medical reason, choose to not immunise their children,” Social Services Minister Christian Porter told parliament.

“These parents are not only putting their own children’s health at risk but they risk the health of every other child.”

Do you support this change?

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  • I absolutely and totally support this. I hope a loss of $28 is enough of a hit to the hip pocket, but feel it may not be. We need to vaccinate to protect our entire community.


  • I think they need to penalise them as much as possible- cut it more! $28 per fortnight is not going to hurt them enough!


  • Agreed!! It protects other kids from illnesses too, great job


  • Yes I support this change, vaccinations are very important.


  • I actually agree and I hope that this new law will bring some positive changes.


  • Despite what some people think and are saying it’s not just an individual choice governments need to educate and provide incentives to vaccinate because it’s everyone who is affected by lack of herd immunity. While this will only affect low income earners the ban from child care will affect higher income earners.


  • I don’t think it’ll make the huge difference they expect. Sure, some will vaccinate that hadn’t before, but the biggest issue with vaccination numbers have to do with access in remote communities, as well as accurate information held by Medicare. There are lots who do vaccinate but frequently have to prove over and over their children are up to date.


  • Totally unfair, only effects lower income people once again. If you don’t get family allowance nothing changes. It will not make people vaccinate their children, it is a pure money grab from the government and the start of getting rid of family tax benefit alltogether.
    Those who are against vaccinating will still not vaccinate. I personally feel everyone has a right to decide what is best for their child and there are far too many vaccinations that are given, it has got out of hand without proper research, especially long term research. We are not mice.


  • Nothing has really changed, so what change is there to support? I personally agree with the whole thing, I guess thinking about it they’re just making it a more frequent penalty perhaps to remind people of the consequences of their decisions. That guy who falsified statistics and studies on vaccines claiming they cause autism etc really has so much to answer for, I just don’t understand why it all still has so much traction — or was it always this way and the media and social media just bring it to light more??


  • I’m all for immunisations. What I find annoying is that Centrelink is claiming my youngest isn’t up to date with her immunisation according to their records. I’ve aleays made sure my kids are up to date, my GP had sent through evidence several times & ive even uploaded evidence to Centrelink via app. It’s really frustrating


  • Yes I fully agree with this. All children should have their shots no excuses at all.


  • Nothing has actually changed. I think government needs to do more.


  • I’m all for whatever it takes to get all children vaccinated for the common good.


  • I’m not sure that it is those on welfare not choosing to vaccinate – has any research actually been done to confirm it is the lower economic community not vaccinating? Either way something has to be done to stop putting kids at risk


  • i’m for immunisation. i think every child should be up to date with their schedule because it is so important


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