Laws

Childcare requirements

From 1 January 2016, new laws may affect your childcare options, and your childcare payments. If you always vaccinate your child on time, you provide them with the best protection possible and don’t have to worry.

You may be asked to show an:

  • immunisation history statement when first enrolling your child
  • updated immunisation history statement when your child passes the 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months and 4 years vaccination milestones.

In Queensland, if your child is not up to date, the service can choose to:

  • refuse enrolment
  • cancel enrolment or refuse attendance
  • conditionally accept enrolment or attendance.

You may also miss out on childcare payments from the Australian Government.

More information about the new childcare immunisation laws for Queensland can be found here or talk to your child’s childcare centre director.

Family assistance payments

Some family assistance payments are directly linked to children being fully vaccinated at key milestones.

They are the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement. To be eligible to receive these payments, your child must be fully vaccinated at each key milestone or be on a recognised immunisation catch-up schedule or have an approved exemption.

Family assistance payments are the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government and not the Queensland Government. For information on how family assistance payments might be affected by your child’s immunisation status visit the Department of Human Services.

Immunisation records

Childhood immunisation records have been held on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register since 1996.

To access them:

VacciDate

Download the free VacciDate App.