Thursday, March 08, 2012

Important information for Conscientious Objectors of Vaccines receiving Family Tax Benefit A...

Hi guys,

Today's blog post is just a quick FYI for parents who receive Family Tax Benefit A and are not having their children vaccinated.

As you probably already know, the supplement which used to be eligible for all recipients of Family Tax Benefit A is now being included in an immunisation incentive scheme. That means you, the parent, have to ensure that your child is either fully vaccinated according to the schedule, or that you have lodged a conscientious objector form.

This blog post is not a discussion of the validity of such hoops to jump through (Family Tax Benefit A has never previously been link, in any way to the child's immunisation status, there used to be a perfectly good immunisation payment for this purpose, but I guess the stakes weren't high enough for the Government)...

What I want to make sure non-vaccinators know is that your Conscientious Objector form has an EXPIRY DATE. Please don't assume that because you lodged it yonks ago, you're covered. I rang the Family Assistance Office today to double check my children's status and discovered that Lukas' had lapsed some time ago, Brynjar's will lapse on his next (7th) birthday, and Ari's will lapse on his seventh birthday in 2015, as well.

Interestingly enough, Erik is on the register as 'fully immunised' although he had his last vaccinations when he was 18 months old, and did not have any boosters after that time. I think the GP who signed his CO form for kindergarten probably just told Medicare he was fully immunised because otherwise their medical centre would not receive its 100% compliance status and the resulting financial bonus... Or perhaps I'm just very jaded...

So, anyway, double check your status if you are expecting the supplement bonus and haven't fully vaccinated your child, make sure your Conscientious Objector Form hasn't expired.

Please circulate this information to anyone you believe it might be relevant to.

1 comment:

Kelli said...

thanks for this, I will havew to check ours

Good Job!