In a matter of days, parents who have refused to bow down to the immoral No Jab, No Pay government legislation requiring them to vaccinate their children against their wishes will start to feel the pinch. They will lose their childcare rebates and come July this year, they will lose their Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement payment as well. For many families, these losses may mean the difference between good food on the table and no food at all. It may mean the difference between owning a home and living in cramped rental accomodation. It may mean that one or both parents have to leave paid work and their children will no longer have an opportunity for early childhood education or to interact with their peers.
The AVN has asked those who will be adversely affected by No Jab, No Pay to share their stories. We will also be asking everyone who shares their story with us to share them with the relevant people in Parliament (the Federal Minister for Health, the Shadow Health Minister and their own local Federal member at the very least). We don’t know if any of them will be moved by your stories because our elected representatives appear to have lost their moral compass or any sense of compassion for their fellow Australians, but we hope that when this case goes before the High Court, these stories will be helpful in convincing those adjudicating that this legislation contradicts both the spirit and the word of the constitution of this once great nation.
For those parents who have had to make the very difficult choice to vaccinate, we ask that you share your stories too.
Nobody should have to choose between the health of their children and their ability to provide for their family.
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We are New Zealand citizens and moved to Australia, Gold Coast, August 2015.
My husband came with a job offer. All was fairly good until my husband’s company decided to close their Queensland office leaving him without work from mid January and us with no income. I can’t find work. My son has been very sick over the last few years and has now finally been diagnosed as gluten and dairy intolerant. He is not vaccinated.
Due to not being Australian permanent residents, we miss out on a lot of benefits. Due to no income and at the same time losing all child benefits, kindergarten will go up from $125/week to just over $400/week. We cannot afford this even with both of us working.
We have been forced to schedule his first catch-up vaccination. It is really scaring me with all his issues to be forced into doing this.
On your website you asked to hear from people affected by the no jab no pay legislation.
My family will be affected when I attempt to go back to work. It will now cost is approximately $35 000 per year in childcare for two children, which makes no sense as after paying that and tax, I will not be earning anything.
This is under the assumption that unvaccinated children will still be allowed in daycare in Western Australia.
I would like to let the government know that the anti vaccination laws have impacted on my family greatly. The money that we have lost due to making a choice for our kids will really impact on the Health and wellbeing of our children.
The combined amount of approximately $1500 from the annual Family Supplement was being put to buy medication for our son who has a disability.
We both have 3 jobs and he has to go to a private school due to his medical situation and now he will miss out on maintaining his health due to this form of financial punishment we have received from our current Government due to our personal choices. We are now in extra hardship than we already were.
My name is XXXXXX.
I have 2 boys, 8 yr old and 20 months old.
My elder son has autism. After doing some research, I have chosen to not vaccinate my younger son.
I work in hospitality and don’t earn high wages. I am having to cut down on work, as I can’t afford child care.
We are struggling financially because of the new law.
Government is trying to buy us and our freedom, and it’s not fair.
We have been affected by the No Jab No Play legislation, we live in Melbourne and have a 12 month old and one on the way – due July 2016.
I have my 12 month old enrolled in occasional care but unfortunately the way it stands, our unborn child will not have access to childcare at all. And they both will miss out on going to kinder, all because there is a strong family history of autism and we want to protect our children from any potential adverse effects arising from vaccinations.
They are not without their risks; however small those risks may be, they are still there, and we need to have the choice not to vaccinate and not be penalisied for standing up for the health and well-being of our children.
We sincerely thank you for standing up and fighting for our rights legally.
I work part time. I have 6 children in total. I have 4 children 5 and under. One has thankfully started kindy this year, 2 of them go to daycare and the baby is still with me as I can take him to work. I have had to reduce the days my children go to daycare as it’s not affordable and in turn, I will have to reduce the days I work as I cannot take them all to work with me, plus i work from home as well which is impossible to do with young children at home.
We will be struggling financially because of “No Jab, No Pay”. I will not vaccinate my children because the government wants me to. I have done my research and my children’s health is more important to me than any money the government can give.
I am a single mother of two small children . Have been put in a situation where a huge portion of my income will go in after and before school fees.
I have to consider leaving the workforce completely and surviving off the pension. Any advice on how to fight this or get involved?
With the new law taking effect in one week, I will be needing to stop working and take my child out of childcare due to the prohibitive cost of full-fee childcare. The majority of the pay I would make will be absorbed by full childcare fees, making it necessary to stop working.
I am not willing to sacrifice my child’s health for the sake of money.This will however put a large financial burden on my family.
This country has one of the highest costs of living in the world and with so many families already struggling, how does the government think this will help?
If you cut the childcare rebate to those who “choose” not to vaccinate, you remove the choice for thousands of Australian women, men and their families to work or stay at home.
The childcare rebate is not welfare or something to be used as a pawn. It’s a proactive measure that has changed the Australian workforce and created more equality between men and women in the home and in the workplace.
Has the government thought about the ramifications cutting the rebate in this way will have on Australian society?
For me, this is feeling a bit like blackmail.
Blackmail is an act, often a crime, involving unjustified threats to make a gain (commonly money or property) or cause loss to another unless a demand is met
I’m writing to let you know how the NJNP policy is affecting our family.
This legislation means that if I choose to go to work, we are a few hundred dollars worse off due to the price it is for 2 children to be in daycare a few days a week. I have no choice but to work causally at night time and just hope that I get enough work to pay our bills (which I am not getting each week).
My husband’s wage is not enough to cover all of our bills either and there is nothing we can take out of our expenses to alleviate this stress.
Because I can’t work during the day, there is no way we can even afford another car for my husband to use to get to work safely. He must ride a push bike in peak hour traffic dodging reckless drivers purposely harassing him.
We are fortunate enough that our daycare is happy to have us and are still accepting pro choice children, however the high price also means my children are missing out on their education they are entitled to.
I am about to lose my Centrelink family assistance because I was a conscientious objector to vaccination.
My son has a paternal family history of near-fatal reactions to the whooping cough vaccination. His aunty came in and out of consciousness for 3 days and had terrifying seizures and fevers when she was vaccinated. There are also strong medical histories of autism on my son’s paternal side (to varying degrees on the spectrum). And mental health vulnerabilities on my side.
I know 5 people whose children developed fever, seizures and autism after the vaccinations, who strongly advised me against going ahead with it when my son was born. Particularly because of his medical history which placed him in high risk.
I have visited a paediatrician and 3 different, rather sympathetic GPS in my area to see if they would fill out Centrelink’s Medical Exemption form but they each refused on the basis of the criteria being too strict.
Understandably, they don’t want to put their medical license to practice in jeopardy so their hands are tied and they are unable to sign the strict criteria which basically says “if your child has had a proven reaction to vaccination or a serious illness, then we will consider an exemption.” Do
they not understand that “a proven reaction to vaccination” means it’s too late?
I am a single mother with a disabling physical illness that renders me unable to work more than part time. Having my Centrelink benefits cut put me in the position of either having to move back home with my family (I am a 39 year old, educated woman) or to vaccinate my child and put him at risk of having the same reaction as his aunty and grandmother. Life threatening reactions.
I have a friend in a similar situation in Brisbane. She has been forced to live in car because of Centrelink benefits lost.
I believe in freedom of choice. Australia is railroading its citizens into taking unfair action against the health of their children.
I ask pro-compulsory-vaccination peddlers to ask themselves if they would put their own children’s lives at risk if there was a proven history of near fatal reaction?
And I ask the Australian Government to consider adding a box to the Vaccination Exemption form that says “Does your child have a proven family history to serious reaction to vaccination.”
My life has been ruined by No Jab No Pay. My ability to conscientiously oppose putting my son’s life at risk has been taken away.
People are living in their cars for the same reason. Is this the Australia we want to live in? I’m disgusted.
I’m XXXXXXXXX. I’m a single mum of a 4.5 year old.
I have already been paying $98 weekly for my son to attend two days a week with childcare benefit for my son to do kinder at early start learning.
What this change means is I will have to pay the full amount being $98 daily!
For my son to attend kinder for two days a week, it will cost me $196 a week.
My son’s father lives interstate and I have little family support, I’m also renting where we live. This will impact our lives in a big way, I’m very stressed out about how I will be able to afford for my baby to attend kinder!
As he is not fully vaccinated and never will be, they will not accept him to enroll in funded kinder. Since he was already attending crèche, this is the only reason he was accepted there.
I am a single mother to two children 5 and 3 and I am currently pregnant with my third.
No Jab no Pay disadvantages me big time from accessing childcare benefits for my 3 year old daughter who is currently in a kindy approved program here in Queensland. She currently attends daycare two days a week which costs me around $40 a week on the single parenting pension. I have her enrolled for a variety of reasons but mostly so she can play with peers her age and enjoy some play based learning while I do chores and run errands.
When the new changes take affect, these two days will cost me $150 a week as opposed to $40. I simply cannot afford to pay or justify this amount. So I will be forced to cancel enrollment for my daughter from the kindy she’s been attending for two years. While this in itself isn’t a massive financial burden to me or my family, it does change things for us for the future.
I had previous intentions of returning to university to finish my bachelor’s degree in psychology, in order to provide for my children once they were in school. This however is impossible now as I will either have one or two children in daycare and simply cannot afford $75 a day per child. Instead, I am forced to stay at home longer and not pursue any kind of education in a bid to break away from the single parenting pension.
While I understand my situation isn’t as dire as some, I still feel the government haven’t got our best interests at heart and have felt extremely depressed at the recent changes they have made.
I find this a massive human rights violation. My children’s health and well being cannot be bought. I will always fight to do what is right for them in my mind and will not be coerced into any changes. I urge the powers that be to reconsider this law as it just paves the way for more medical intervention at the hands of the government.
I have 3 children, one at Prep – XXXXXXXXX 5, one doing 3 year old Kinder in Victoria – XXXXXX (enrolled before Jan, 2016) and XXXXXXXXX who is 19 months old.
From next year, my daughter XXXXXXXX will be unable to attend 4 year old kinder or Childcare with her friends and create the bonds for primary school like her older sibling was able to do. She will have fewer social skills. I will be unable to work.
Where I live, childcare is $155/day.
3 days of care per week for 2 children costs $46500.
I am a single mother of 4 young boys (10,8,5 and 4) that I am not going to vaccinate for many different reasons. Three of my boys are now in primary school (one started prep this year) and my youngest starts next year. I had to withdraw my youngest son out of long day care due to the fact I wouldn’t be able to afford the full fees and I have also had to take my other boys out of before/after and vacation care as I could not afford the full fees.
I was lucky because my contract for work ended 30 December 2015 but now, I am struggling with going back to work or not, because of the care for my boys.
I cannot pass my children on to my mother to look after everyday while I go to work for she is older now and always tired due to medical and personal reasons, so my choice is not to work so that I can be there to take my boys to school and then to pick them up at 3pm. My youngest boy, I am lucky to have in C&K 5 days a fortnight, but I have to be there to collect him at 2:30, so this limits me to my employment.
My children are not sickly children. They are very healthy. I believe this new law is illegal.
The government now pays me more in the form of my single parents’ pension due to the fact that I do not earn an income and also my family tax benefit is also a little higher due to the lower financial year income.
I WANT to work. I believe my children need to see me working to help support the family, that there are expenses to be paid and that it is the right thing in society to do, but the government is taking that ability away from me by taking away my child care assistance. I don’t have to get that family tax benefit at the end of financial year BUT I do need help with childcare fees.
My daughter suffered a vaccine injury post her MMR vaccine at 18 months. Within a week of receiving her MMR vaccine, she developed gastrointestinal symptoms and had a regression. She lost her speech. My daughter requires speech therapy and occupational therapy weekly and due to this, I am unable to work more than one day a week. As you could imagine, I have not vaccinated my son due to concerns this may happen to him. This means I cannot access child care and he will not be able to go to Kindergarten in the future which will further reduce my ability to work, therefore reducing our ability to provide adequate therapy for our daughter due to not being able to afford it.
My partner and I have always been hard workers who have always paid our taxes and having the No jab No pay legislation will provide further financial hardship. We would not be in this financial situation if my daughter had not been vaccine-injured. Having our rights taken away from us is just another blow to this already suffering family.
Yes, I will not be able to return to work unless by some miracle. This wasn’t taken into account in our family planning as new laws were considered later. Definitely going to be a lot harder than it has already been financially.
My oldest son goes to Montessori kinder and I wanted to put my little girl who will turn 2 in May into that Kindy too. I came to Australia in September 2015 and I was so happy knowing that here, you can choose between vaccinating or not. But then, I found out about the new law that discriminates against those who are not vaccinated and puts their parents in a very difficult situation.
I sincerely don’t know what to do and how to find a solution for my girl….and for now, I can only hope things will change again.
I would appreciate any kind of advice from you….and I thank you in advance for it.
In 1972, my young family of 6 moved to the Coastal mining town of Dunwich.
There were 300 employees just in our company. At the time, a young mother took her 2 young, perfectly healthy twins in to get the triple antigen injection. From that day, they both became severely handicapped. The previously happy husband could never cope with this change and started mistreating his wife. In the end, it split the marriage. She had to cope with the twins. I think his name was XXXXXXX. It should all still be on the records of the Dunwich Clinic. A sad situation.
Reading your latest email regarding parents being denied childcare places based on vaccination status, I had applied for a childcare place for my 1 year old at XXXXXXXX Day Care Centre in NSW. I was told there was a place available and that if I wanted I needed to complete the paperwork promptly to secure it.
I agreed that I would collect the paperwork that day. Upon arriving at the centre, I was asked about a variety of things including my child’s vaccination status. When I advised that we did not vaccinate I was told that I should submit the papers and the director would see if there was a place available, advising me they were very busy and didn’t get many vaccancies. I submitted the papers that afternoon and was called a few days later to be told there was no place available.
I strongly felt that my child was denied a place based on her vaccination status as the centre had originally called me to advise of a vacancy. The tone of the director changed once vaccination came up. I felt thoroughly discriminated against.
My three year old was refused enrollment due to not being immunised. The centre is XXXXXXXXX Early Learning Centre in XXXXXXXXXXXX South VICTORIA.
Basically, I applied online and they called me for payment to secure his place when I asked about thier immunisation policy. The person replied that he would not be accepted and it was not her choice but rather a policy being enforced by the XXXXXXXXXXX City Council.
I am a single mum. I have been employed as a casual administrative officer at the local Correctional Center from 2009. I also study in a Psychology Honours program which I initially planned to finish in one year.
Now, with the new legislation, my youngest child has to stay at home. I would not be able to pay full child care fees even if I was employed on a full-time basis. That means that I cannot longer continue my work as an administrative officer and my study will take another two years instead of
the planned one year. My child is also being affected as she is much more limited now in her social interactions.
This has affected my family. I had to take my son out of kindy cause they no longer wanted unvaccinated kids. Then, I had to get him 6 vaccinations cause the greedy government didn’t give people enough time. This is so wrong that they are making parents go against their wishes not to vaccinate when there are questionable ingredients, greedy agendas and heaps of distressed families.
There have been many vaccination deaths and injuries and they don’t take that into consideration that it’s not for everyone. They just take away our pay if we don’t submit. Not good enough.