No Jab, No Play
South Australian Public Health (Immunisation and Childhood Care Services) Amendment Bill 2017
The South Australian Government believes that this State should have the best childhood immunisation rates in the country and is proposing tough new laws to improve immunisation among children. The new ‘No Jab, No Play’ laws will mean children must be appropriately immunised, on an immunisation catch-up program or be exempt for medical reasons, in order to attend early childhood care services.
They will also provide protection against some vaccine preventable diseases for children who attend early childhood care services but are unable to be immunised for medical reasons.
Services affected by proposed changes
Early childhood care services are those which provide care of young children (under the age of 6 years) for fee or reward such as:
- childcare (also called centre based care, long day care and early learning centres)
- family day care
- preschool and kindergarten
- rural care program
- mobile child care services
- occasional care.
Briefly, the proposed amendments are:
- Children must be age appropriately immunised, on an immunisation catch-up program, or meet the exemption requirements (for example, they are unable to be immunised for medical reasons) in order to attend early childhood care services.
- Parents/guardians will need to provide early childhood care services with evidence that their child meets the immunisation requirements. These records will need to be kept by the service whilst the child is enrolled.
- A child with a vaccine preventable disease or who is at risk of getting a vaccine preventable disease may be excluded from the early childhood care service when an outbreak of that disease is occurring at the service.
Consultation closes on Friday 11 August, 2017.
SA Health welcomes feedback on the proposed amendments. You can submit feedback in one of the following ways:
- Complete our online survey
- email HealthCommunicableDiseases@sa.gov.au
- post comments into
Communicable Disease Control Branch
PO Box 6
Rundle Mall SA 5000
For further information on the changes, including what this means for parents, caregivers and early childhood care services see the frequently asked questions (PDF 68KB)