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This determination is designed to ensure that the following classes of children meet the immunisation requirements for the purposes of family assistance law: a child who is participating in a vaccination study; a child who has not received a vaccination as required at a particular age because one or more vaccines for that vaccination are temporarily unavailable (until such time as the vaccine is available); and a child who is vaccinated overseas.
Administered by: Social Services
Made 29 Jun 2012
Registered 29 Jun 2012
Tabled HR 14 Aug 2012
Tabled Senate 14 Aug 2012
Date of repeal 01 Jan 2016
Repealed by Family Assistance (Meeting the Immunisation Requirements) Principles 2015

I, JENNY MACKLIN, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, make this Determination under subsection 7(2) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

Dated             29th June                               2012

J Macklin

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform


1          Name of Determination

            This Determination is the Family Assistance (Meeting the Immunisation Requirements) (FaHCSIA) Determination 2012.

2          Commencement

            This Determination commences on 1 July 2012 .

3          Definitions

In this Determination:

catch up vaccination schedule means the catch up vaccination schedule determined in the Family Assistance (Vaccination Schedules) (FaHCSIA) Determination 2012.

recognised immunisation provider has the same meaning as subsection 3(1) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

relevant authority means a person or organisation that a Commonwealth, State or Territory health authority has authorised to make declarations for the purpose of section 4(1)(a) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

standard vaccination schedules means the standard vaccination schedules determined in the Family Assistance (Vaccination Schedules) (FaHCSIA) Determination 2012.

4              Application

         (1)   This Determination applies to Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement.

         (2)   This Determination applies to all FTB Part A supplement claims made after 30 June 2012.

5          Participants in vaccine study conducted by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

A child meets the immunisation requirements if:

            (a) the child is included in the class of children who are participants in the vaccine study begun in April 2003 being conducted at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne by the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; and

            (b) the child has received all the vaccinations due for the child as required under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999, other than any vaccination due at age 18 months.

Note   Vaccinations are due in accordance with vaccination schedules determined under section 4 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

6          Temporary unavailability of vaccine

(1) A child who has not received a vaccination that the child is required to receive at a particular age meets the immunisation requirements if:

(a) a recognised immunisation provider, or a relevant authority, declares, in writing, that the vaccine for that vaccination is, or all of the vaccines for that vaccination are, temporarily unavailable; and

(b) the child has received all other vaccinations that the child is required to have received by that age.

(2) Subsection (1) applies only until the vaccine, or one of the vaccines, becomes available.

7          Children vaccinated overseas

(1) A child in Australia who has received vaccinations in another country meets the immunisation requirements if a recognized immunisation provider declares, in writing, that:

(a) the vaccinations have provided the same level of immunisation that would have been acquired if the child had been immunised in accordance with the standard vaccination schedules; or

(b) the vaccinations have provided the same level of immunisation that would have been acquired if the child had been immunised in accordance with the catch up vaccination schedules.

(2) A child who was vaccinated and remains overseas meets the immunisation requirements if a medical practitioner declares in writing which of the immunisations from the schedules the child has received.