New vaccination requirements in NSW

New vaccination requirements in NSW

Children who have not been immunised due to their parent’s vaccine conscientious objection cannot be enrolled in childcare.

From 1 January 2018, directors of centres cannot enrol a child unless the parent/guardian has provided an approved immunisation form that shows that the child:

  • is fully immunised for their age, or
  • has a medical reason not to be vaccinated, or
  • is on a recognised catch-up schedule if the child has fallen behind with their immunisations.

Children who have not been immunised due to their parent’s vaccine conscientious objection cannot be enrolled in childcare.

These changes to the Public Health Act 2010 will remind parents about the importance of timely vaccination and help to reduce the risk of children contracting potentially deadly diseases such as whooping cough and meningococcal disease.

Removing this exemption aligns NSW with the Australian Government’s No Jab, No Pay measure, under which certain child care and family tax benefits are dependent on a child being fully immunised for their age or having an approved exemption.

Directors of centres face a fine of up to $5500 if they do not comply with these requirements.

To support compliance, information is available on the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/childcare_qa.aspx or contact your local public health unit (PHU) on 1300 066 055. An Immunisation Enrolment Toolkit and parent brochure will shortly be available on the NSW Health website and copies will be distributed to all centres in NSW.

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