IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF VACCINE FREE CHILDREN USING CHILDCARE CENTRES IN NSW, PLEASE READ!!!
A vaccination is NOT compulsory in Australia. However, coercion and mandatory policies are in place to remove your choice i.e. financial benefits linked to vaccination status of your children, including benefits to Grandparent Child Care Benefit, Special Child Care Benefit or Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance.
IMPORTANT - The Australian Government will continue to refuse liability for any injury, loss or damage from adverse events, including death from vaccinations.
Concerning is that many tax paying families are being punished financially for declining a medical procedure that has many risks, as well as families who decline only some vaccinations that were initially recommended for sexually promiscuous or drug users’ i.e., Hepatitis B vaccinations. Furthermore, although the conscientious objection has been removed to qualify for some Government family assistance income, a doctor would be breaching the law if a parent of a child (under 14 years of age NSW) or adolescent is denied the legal principle to either accept or refuse vaccinations. The Immunisation Handbook Edition 10, 2.1.3 Valid Consent; clearly states that a child can only be vaccinated with a valid consent; hence a doctor vaccinating a child against the wishes of a parent or an adolescent would be breaking the law.
Contrary to the erroneous letters that have been sent out by the Chief Medical Officer and Centrelink, the NIP (Nation Immunisation Program) has nothing to do with “No Jab, No Pay”.
The benefits-linked schedules are not linked to the NIP. They are instead set completely independently by the Minister, pursuant to Section 4 of A New Tax System. (Family Assistance) Act 1999.
These are the two current legislative instruments:
(FTB Part A supplement:) Family Assistance (Vaccination Schedules) (DSS) Determination 2015
Explanatory Notes DSS 2013.
The vaccines that are linked to the benefits that are affected by “No Jab, No Pay” do not include any vaccines that are normally scheduled beyond 4 years of age and they further do not include all of those on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule.
A grace period of 2 months or 63 days to meet vaccination requirements for CCB or CCR. Family Tax benefit Part A Supplement – Requirements for vaccination are met by the end of financial year. You have 1 year from the end of the financial year to meet the requirements.
Preschools – From 1 January 2016 (New South Wales) children will be allowed to attend or enrolling into preschool/childcare if they have been fully vaccinated or, on a catch up schedule for vaccinations i.e. doctor advises ACIR of this fact. Social Services Bill (NO Jab, NO Pay) applies to welfare only, NOT entry to preschools i.e. private or Government. Please check with your child care provider in your state regarding their requirements regarding vaccination.
(New South Wales): Children will NOT be turned away from government preschools,
primary and secondary school because of their vaccination status. Government
Preschools are affordable; Rate is about $8 or $12 a day only. http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/gotoschool/types/preschoollist.php
Lastly, Most of the vaccinations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are linked to both family assistance payments, but not all. There are three schedules for the CCB or CCR and four schedules for the FTB Part A Supplement. From 1 January 2016, immunisation requirements for Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement are changing and will apply up to the end of the calendar year your child turns 19 years of age.
Note: The Family Tax Benefit Supplement A is worth a maximum of $726 a year per child. The payment ceases once a
child has finished school or is on Youth Allowance.
Patricia Bohackyj BA Dip Ed
16 December 2015
Vaccination is NOT Compulsory (Conditions apply i.e. medical, natural immunity or forfeiting child allowances)
FACTS HIGHLIGHTED BELOW – LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MANDATE TO PRESSURE PARENTS TO
VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN BY WITHHOLDING CHILDCARE ALLOWANCE AND FAMILY TAX
BENEFITS IS ILLEGAL!!!!!! FURTHERMORE, ANY CHILD OR ADOLESCENT CAN REFUSE
VACCINATIONS, EVEN IF A GUARDIAN OR PARENT HAS GIVEN CONSENT.
ANY ATTEMPT TO LIMIT OR BAN CHILDREN FROM ATTENDING CHILDCARE, PRESCHOOL OR SCHOOL ON VACCINATION STATUS BY MAKING ACCESS TO EDUCATION CONDITIONAL WILL BE A VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 28 OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD, THAT GOVERNMENTS MUST MAKE EDUCATION COMPULSORY AND FREELY AVAILABLE TO ALL.
The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition 2013
2.1.3 Valid consent
Valid consent can be defined as the voluntary agreement by an individual to a proposed procedure, given after sufficient, appropriate and reliable information about the procedure, including the potential risks and benefits, has been conveyed to that individual.2-6 As part of the consent procedure, persons to be vaccinated and/or their parents/carers should be given sufficient information (preferably written) on the risks and benefits of each vaccine, including what adverse events are possible, how common they are and what they should do about them7 (the table inside the front cover of this Handbook, Side effects following immunisation for vaccines used in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule, can be used for this purpose).
The individual must have sufficient opportunity to seek further details or explanations about the vaccine(s) and/or its administration. The information must be provided in a language or by other means the individual can understand. Where appropriate, an interpreter and/or cultural support person should be involved.
Consent should be obtained before each vaccination, once it has been established that there are no medical condition(s) that contraindicate vaccination. Consent can be verbal or written. Immunisation providers should refer to their state or territory’s policies on obtaining written consent (see Appendix 1 Contact details for Australian, state and territory government health authorities and communicable disease control).
Consent on behalf of a child or adolescent
In general, a parent or legal guardian of a child has the authority to consent to vaccination of that child; however, it is important to check with your state or territory authority where any doubt exists.2,5 A child in this context is defined as being under the age of 18 years in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia; under the age of 14 years in New South Wales; and under the age of 16 years in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Queensland follows common law principles.
For certain procedures, including vaccination, persons younger than the ages defined above may have sufficient maturity to understand the proposed procedure and the risks and benefits associated with it, and thus may have the capacity to consent under certain circumstances. Refer to the relevant state or territory immunisation service provider guidelines for more information.
Should a child or adolescent refuse a vaccination for which a parent/guardian has given consent, the child/adolescent’s wishes should be respected and the parent/guardian informed.2
The Commonwealth Government will end the conscientious objector exemption on children’s vaccination for access to taxpayer funded Child Care Benefits, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement from 1 January 2016.
Parents who vaccinate their children should have confidence that they can take their children to child care without the fear that their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious objections of others.
From 1 January 2016, ‘conscientious objection’ will be removed as an exemption category for child care payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate) and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
Immunisation requirements for the payment of FTB Part A end-of-year supplement will also be extended to include children of all ages. Currently, vaccination status is only checked at ages 1, 2 and 5 years.
Existing exemptions on medical or religious grounds will continue, however a religious objection will only be available where the person is affiliated with a religious groups where the governing body has a formally registered objection approved by the Government.
This means that vaccine objectors will not be able to access these government payments.
The new policy will tighten up the rules and reinforce the importance of immunisation and protecting public health, especially for children.
Australia now has childhood vaccination rates over 90 per cent, from one to five years of age, but more needs to be done to ensure we protect our children and our community from preventable diseases.
While vaccination rates in Australia had increased since the Childhood Immunisation Register was established by the Howard Government in 1996, vaccine objection rates for children under the age of seven had also increased steadily, especially under the conscientious objector category.
The vast majority of FTB families meet the current immunisation requirement at relevant age points (around 97 per cent).
However more than 39,000 children aged under seven are not vaccinated because their parents are vaccine objectors. This is an increase of more than 24,000 children over 10 years.
The Government is extremely concerned at the risk this poses to other young children and the broader community.
The choice made by families not to immunise their children is not supported by public policy or medical research nor should such action be supported by taxpayers in the form of child care payments.
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8 January, 2012 Important information - DO NOT BE MISLED!
Vaccination in Australia is NOT compulsory, there are legal provisions
that already exist, and still available, for parents who refuse to vaccinate
their child with either a conscientious objection, religious, and or for
medical reasons (Medicare form). However, the government does use coercive
policies to mandate vaccinations by linking the status of vaccinations of
children with Centrelink payments. The biggest changes to the
mandating of vaccinations in Australia, is that the government is again adding more
vaccines to the already “over weighted” immunisation schedule. There are
now 16 diseases that can be vaccinated for, a new combination vaccine, measles,
mumps, rubella and varicella to be introduced in 2013, and Meningococcal C,
Varicella “Chicken Pox”
Patricia Bohackyj, Healthy Families of Illawarra
Note, I have written to the Chief of Staf Lillian Seleh, to address and correct these errors in her paper.
26/11/2011 No Need to panic! The Health Minister, Nicola Roxon making changes to Family and Maternity Allowances but exemptions for vaccination, both conscientious and for medical reasons will continue to be accepted for all family tax benefits- tell others, and don't be misled!
Question: What exemptions will be available for the new immunisation conditions which will allow me to access the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement?
Answer: Existing exemptions will continue to be available. A child may have a temporary or permanent exemption if a recognised immunisation provider advises against vaccination based on medical reasons. A child may also receive an exemption from the immunisation requirements if a recognised immunisation provider indicates that the parent has a conscientious objection to immunising their child.
These exemptions will also continue for Child Care Benefit.
VACCINATION IS NOT COMPULSORY
Childcare centres, service providers, and schools, are misleading parents over the issue of vaccinating their children. Also importantly, the government has been slow to rectify this misinformation.
Both vaccinating and non-vaccinating parents are ‘equally’ entitled to child care assistance, and fee relief. Vaccination exemptions; either Medical, religious, conscientious or through natural immunity, are included in Maternity and Child Care Payment Acts 1997, and 1998.
School is compulsory, vaccination is NOT. In fact, it is normal and beneficial, for children to have these early childhood diseases. “Suppressing measles fever and rash by vaccination leads to cancer and degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage” Lancet September, 1985. It was also reported that a bout of Measles during childhood, may help to prevent Asthma. Consequently, these early childhood diseases are there ‘to prime and mature’ the children’s immune systems.
You are not bound to have your child vaccinated, for them to be eligible to attend school. A vaccination certificate may be demanded, but is not essential. You can present the blue book, and they may photocopy the relevant pages at the back.
If you choose NOT to vaccinate you child, then your doctor or Health Care nurse (immunisation provider) will fill in a simple form, at your request, which is called the ‘Declaration of Exemption from Vaccination’. This form will advise Centrelink and Medicare about your decision not to vaccinate your child. And that your doctor or nurse has discussed this issue with you the parent, or guardian.
Alternately, you can lodge a Statutory Declaration form (available at newsagencies). On the form declare who you are, child's name and details, your decision NOT to vaccinate and Medicare number. Lodge or fax the Statutory Declaration form (signed by a Justice of Peace) to the Medicare Office Fax (03) 6281-0555 or post Medicate Australia, GPO Box 295, Hobart TAX 7001, or your nearest Medicare Office. This means that if your doctor and/or health nurse refuses to sign the form, you have another option, so that you can still receive all Centrelink Childcare and family entitlements. Medicare will ONLY accept a Statutory Declaration form if you now also provide the names of at least two doctors that refused to sign the Conscientious Objector Form (as per telephone discussion, June 2007).
Outbreaks of measles or whooping cough are of particular concern to the Health Department. There is one particular ‘safeguard’ that has been emplaced deliberately to try to enforce vaccination. Which is, if there is a confirmed report of either disease at a school or childcare facility, then there maybe a two week (or more) exclusion period imposed, from school, for any unvaccinated child.
But Note. The Health Department ONLY, and not the school, can enforce this rule. In some cases the initial diagnoses has been wrong, with children being removed from school unnecessarily. Pathology testing is required to enforce this exclusion.
The government blue book lists very little information, and excludes details about the individual vaccines. This important information can be sourced from www.visainfo.org.au or you can find this information in the MIMS book (accessible at doctors and pharmacies).
P & C Bohackyj
Healthy Families of Illawarra
A contact for Vaccination Information SA http://www.visainfo.org.au
Mobile 0422 933 993