No Jab No Play – information for parents
From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:
- fully immunised for their age OR
- on a vaccination catch-up program OR
- unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.
The ‘No Jab No Play’ law will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide:
- long day care
- occasional care
- family day care.
What you need to do
If your child is fully immunised you may not need to do anything in order to meet the No Jab No Play requirements, because existing legislation already requires that immunisation information is provided on enrolment in an early childhood education and care service.
You can get copy of your child’s most recent Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) as evidence of your child’s immunisation.
To request an Immunisation History Statement contact the ACIR:
- phone 1800 653 809
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- visit Medicare Australia online
- visit a Medicare or Centrelink office.
By law1, to finalise enrolment for your child in long day care, kindergarten, family day care or occasional care you must provide the service with an immunisation status certificate that shows your child is:
- up to date with vaccinations for their age OR
- on a vaccine catch-up schedule OR
- has a medical condition preventing them from being fully vaccinated.
What is an immunisation status certificate?
It is a statement showing the vaccines your child has received. The most common type of immunisation status certificate is an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register2.
‘Homeopathic immunisation’ is not a recognised form of immunisation.
What is this document used for?
To finalise enrolment. To accept an offered place at a service, you must provide the service with an immunisation status certificate. This would usually be done within two months before your child is due to start at the service.
To keep children safe. If there is a disease outbreak at the service, the document is used to identify children at risk (for example, children too young to be fully immunised against a disease) who may need to stay away from the service until it is safe for them to return.
What if I cannot get this document?
In some circumstances a 16 week ‘grace period’ can be applied, so your child can start at the service while you organise the document. The service can advise if this applies to you.
- Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, in effect from 1 January 2016
- The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register is likely to be renamed the Australian Immunisation Register in September 2016.
A doctor or local council immunisation service can also provide an immunisation status certificate. To be used for enrolment, the document/s needs to contain the same details as an ACIR Immunisation History Statement and be signed by the immunisation provider.
How do I tell if my child is ‘up to date’?
Review your child’s most recent ACIR Immunisation History Statement. At the bottom of the statement there is a section titled ‘Next due immunisation(s)’. If the date of the next due vaccination is in the future, then your child’s immunisations are up to date for their age.
If your child has completed all their childhood vaccinations there will be no vaccines listed under the ‘Next due immunisation(s)’ heading.
What do I do when my child has vaccinations AFTER enrolling?
After each vaccination, you should provide an updated immunisation status certificate to the service to include in their records.
Getting the right documentation
|Lost ACIR Immunisation History Statement||Contact the ACIR for a replacement statement. These can also be downloaded and printed from the Medicare website at any time.|
|Incorrect ACIR Immunisation History Statement||If vaccines are missing from a statement, contact the doctor/nurse to check if the records were sent to the ACIR. Once the updated information is received by the ACIR, a corrected Immunisation History Statement can be re-issued to you on request.|
|Overdue for a vaccination||See a doctor/immunisation nurse. The doctor/nurse will provide the vaccine and inform the ACIR. Once the updated information is received by the ACIR, an updated Immunisation History Statement can be issued to you on request.|
|Overdue for multiple vaccinations||See a doctor/immunisation nurse. The doctor/nurse will develop a ‘catch-up schedule’. Your doctor can provide you with an immunisation status certificate.|
|Medical reasons can’t be fully vaccinated||See a doctor. The doctor will provide information to the ACIR and, on request, the ACIR will issue you with a Statement that says ‘up to date’ and notes which vaccines your child cannot receive for medical reasons.|
|Overseas vaccination||See a doctor/immunisation nurse. Overseas vaccination schedules may differ from the Australian schedule and need to be checked by a doctor/nurse who will transfer the information to the ACIR. An Immunisation History Statement will then be issued to you by the ACIR at your request.|
|Questions or concerns||Seek advice from a medical doctor or immunisation nurse.|
It is important that children are fully vaccinated before they start childcare or kindergarten to:
- help protect them from diseases that can be prevented by vaccination
- help protect others who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons from being exposed to these diseases.
Immunisation is a proven and safe way to be protected against diseases that cause serious illness and sometimes death.
Childhood immunisation schedule
Children should be vaccinated at birth, 2 months (from as early as six weeks), 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age and 3½-4 years of age.
To find out what immunisations your child needs:
- see your doctor or contact your local council immunisation service
- view the schedule of vaccinations online at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
- receive reminders when your child’s immunisations are due; download the free VaxOnTime Victoria app, available for iOS, Android and Windows devices.
Better Health Channel
Department of Health and Human Services website
Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing Immunise Australia Program
For translated versions of this document go to www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation
Translating and interpreting service call 131 450
Early childhood services and immunisation providers can order free copies of this brochure online:
Victorian Prevention and Health Achievement Program
We are happy to announce that we are part of the new Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program that has been established by the Victorian Government.
It will recognise the achievements of early childhood education and care services and schools in promoting health and wellbeing and support the development of safe, healthy and friendly environments for learning.
As we are recognised Kids – “Go for your life” centre, we already have advanced standing for our achievements in promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
We have begun working towards meeting the benchmarks across the eight health promoting areas: healthy eating and oral health, physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, safe environments, sun protection, gender awareness, tobacco control and alcohol and other drug use. The benchmarks will be age-appropriate and are focused on creating a positive physical and social environment.
We will keep all our families informed as we progress through the benchmark areas, as this program will also require involvement and input from our families.