Effective 01 January 2016, three states – Qld, NSW & Victoria – have legislated vaccination requirements for enrolment in most early childhood education services (see table below). In addition, Commonwealth legislation – applicable in all states and territories – requires vaccination for eligibility to Childcare Benefit & Rebate. Links to detailed information pages are available below the table.
- Although the other five states and territories do not have vaccination requirements for enrolment in early childhood education services, parents may be required to produce a vaccination status / history statement showing which, if any, vaccines their child has received.
- The Commonwealth ‘No Jab No Pay’ law, which requires vaccination for the purpose of eligibility to Childcare Benefit and Childcare Rebate, applies to all states and territories. Consequently, even when the child qualifies for enrolment under the state laws, unless the child also qualifies for an exemption under the Commonwealth law, then the parent/guardian will not qualify for Childcare Benefits and Rebates. See ‘No Jab No Pay’ link below.
- None of the states and territories require children to be vaccinated for enrolment in school, pre-school, or prep, however, most will require parents to produce a vaccination status / history statement showing which, if any, vaccines their child has received.
Click on the following links for detailed information on:
- No Jab No Pay (Commonwealth)
- No Jab No Play (Qld)
- No Jab No Play (NSW)
- No Jab No Play (Vic)
- How the laws passed