On 14 December 2018, the Western Australian government announced a plan to introduce a No Jab No Play law in that state, despite Health Minister Roger Cook’s previous reassurance that he would await COAG guidance “to ensure there is a nationally consistent approach to immunisation requirements for attendance at childcare and preschool.” See WA ‘No Jab No Play’ law announced before COAG policy finalised.
The Western Australia Department of Health conducted a public consultation regarding the proposal to enact a No Jab No Play law, receiving over 500 submissions, most of which opposed the law, but were not published.
Although the department was obliged to publish a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) once it had evaluated all of the public’s submissions, it initially refused to do so. The department eventually buckled under the weight of heavy lobbying demanding its release, but not before the Bill was introduced into the parliament.
Also see the following AVN blog articles:
AVN responses to the WA No Jab No Play public consultation
Key information omitted from WA No Jab No Play discussion paper
Physicians call for moratorium on WA No Jab No Play pending independent review
Lobbying for vaccination exemptions in Western Australia
WA ‘No Jab No Play’ law announced before COAG policy finalised