In 2016, the new “No Jab, No Play” laws will come into effect. Under the new ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services will have to first obtain evidence that the child is:
• fully immunised for their age OR
• on a vaccination catch-up program OR
• unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons
The Commonwealth Government has announced that, from 1 January 2016, families will no longer be eligible for family assistance payments if their children (up to the age of 19) are not fully immunised or if they do not have an approved medical exemption.
‘Conscientious objection’ is not an exemption under the ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation.
These laws will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria providing:
• long day care
• occasional care
• family day care
The legislation will not apply to:
• enrolment in primary or secondary school
• outside school hours care (after care, before care, vacation care)
• enrolments of school children in long day care, family day care or occasional care
• casual occasional care services that offer care of less than 2 hours per day and less than 6 hours per week
Nothing changes for parents of children who are fully immunised because existing legislation already requires that immunisation information is provided on enrolment in early childhood education and care services.
For further information, we suggest that you check https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/factsheets/no-jab-no-play-frequently-asked-questions