'No Jab, No Pay' For Parents From July In Government Crackdown
From July 1, families will be slugged $737.30 a year for each child that is not vaccinated.
The federal government's 'No Jab, No Pay' legislation has come into force on Sunday, affecting recipients of the Family Tax Benefit.
Recipients of FTB Part A will have their payments reduced by $737.30 per year ($28 per fortnight) for each child under the age of 20 that does not meet immunisation or health check requirements.
In a statement, Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said immunisations "were important to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases."
"Parents who don't immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people," he said.
Families who claim the tax benefit have had plenty of warning, with the changes legislated in October 2015 as part of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill.
These measures abolish the previous system of withholding the end-of-year supplement for those who do not meet the requirement.
Only children who are medically exempt or who aren't vaccinated on religious grounds are exempt, but conscientious objectors are not.