The first thing you need to know is that in Australia, vaccination is not compulsory. It doesn’t matter what your doctor, school principal, mother in law or neighbour say – no school, preschool, childcare centre or playgroup is legally allowed to discriminate against a child because of their vaccination status.
Secondly, whether you vaccinate fully, selectively or not at all, you will not lose any government entitlements including the new $726 Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement announced by the Federal Government in July 2011.
In order to get the Tax Benefit Supplement and the Childcare Allowance (the only 2 payments currently linked with vaccination compliance) if you don’t fully vaccinate, you will need to get either a GP or a clinic sister who is able to administer vaccines – in other words, anyone who has an immunisation provider number – to sign a Conscientious or Medical Objection form…. [Read More]