Clarification on how family assistance payments may be affected by the No Jab No Pay Program

22 December 2015 - Communicable Disease Control Branch

A recent letter from the Australian Government Department of Human Services to parents of children receiving family assistance payments appears to have caused some consternation and confusion in the community. Some providers have seen an influx of parents requesting their records are checked against ACIR and requesting the immunisation provider take immediate action to correct ACIR records.

Providers may be contacted by parents concerned that some family assistance payments will be stopped from 1 January 2016 as their child is not considered fully immunised according to ACIR. We hope the following information will assist you in dealing with queries about the No Jab No Pay program.

Parents currently receiving family assistance payments in 2015
Parents currently receiving family assistance payments Family Tax Benefit (FTB), Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) payments will be required to meet the immunisation requirements according to ACIR from 1 January 2016 to be eligible to continue to receive payments.

Payments will not be stopped without the Australian Government Department of Human Services contacting the parents.

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Measles

7th December 2015 - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL BRANCH

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in 12 year old female in metropolitan Adelaide who had recently returned from Bali, Indonesia.  She is currently recovering at home.  The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious.

  • Ardtornish Primary School, 2 Saarinen Avenue, St Agnes, between Monday 30 November 2015 and Friday 4 December 2015
  • Modbury High School, 62 Pompoota Rd, Modbury, between Monday 30 November 2015 and Friday 4 December 2015

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection transmitted via respiratory aerosols that remain a risk to others for up to 30 mintues after the person has left the area.  The incubation period is about 10 days (range 7 to 18 days) to the onset of prodromal symptoms and about 14 days to the appearance of the rash.

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