In a world where vaccinations are a very controversial topic, Australia is making headlines. The Australian government recently re-upped their already strong vaccination laws and the changes are quite interesting.
Any parents who do not vaccinate will lose part of their biweekly support payments. It will be around 30 dollars per un-vaccinated child per each two week period. While this might not sound like much, it will really add up.
Referred to as the ‘Tougher No Jap, No Pay rules’ the Ministers for the Department of Social Services released as follows:
Parents who don’t vaccinate their children against disease will lose part of their fortnightly family support payment starting 1 July.
Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 a fortnight for each child who does not meet immunization requirements, under tougher No Jab, No Pay rules.
The change to No Jab, No Pay provides a constant reminder for parents to keep their children’s immunization up to date.
Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Parents who don’t immunize their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.
Since the Turnbull Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016 about 246,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunization requirements.
The Turnbull Government provided more than $14 million in last year’s Budget for free, catch-up vaccinations for children, young adults, and newly arrived refugees.
It also provided $5.5 million over three years to encourage Australian parents and carers to vaccinate their children.
Exemptions apply for children who have medical contraindications or natural immunity and have been assessed by a general practitioner.
Parents who refuse to immunise their children will begin paying for the choice from today. The government will slash fortnightly family payments by $28 per un-vaccinated child as part of their no jab, no pay policy.#7News pic.twitter.com/9VnbOnwuYX
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 1, 2018
In the past, this was an end of the year loss, so the change is quite drastic when you look at it in that manner. Some claim this change was meant to serve as a reminder but regardless as a result of the ‘No Jap, No Pay’ policy itself immunization rates seem to be going up. What do you think about all of this?