The Network has developed this information sheet to inform case workers and health service staff in Victoria about recent immunisation policy changes that impact on families from refugee backgrounds.
Recent immunisation legislation and policy changes require children to be fully up-to-date with their childhood vaccinations OR be on a vaccine catch-up schedule OR have a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated:
• to be eligible to receive certain family assistance payments from Centrelink; and
• in order to enrol in childcare or kindergarten.
Families from refugee backgrounds may need support around immunisation in some of the provided scenarios.