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A healthy start for school in 2020

By Hank Jongen

Department of Human Services

 

THIS month, I’d like to talk about Healthy Start for School heath checks and immunisation for children whose families are receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Each year, we write to families receiving FTB Part A and an income support payment who have a child turning four to remind them to arrange a health check for their child.

It helps make sure children are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

To arrange a health check, talk to your GP or health professional.

Health checks can be completed from three years of age.

They are conducted by state and territory child and maternal health clinics or by a registered health professional such as your local doctor, practice nurse or registered health worker.

It’s important you tell us as soon as you have taken your child for a check-up so your FTB Part A is not reduced.

The easiest way to tell us about a health check is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If there is a reason a health check cannot be completed for your child, phone us on 136 150 as soon as possible to discuss.

It is also important all children under 20 years of age are up to date with their immunisations according to the National Immunisation Program early childhood vaccination schedule, so your FTB Part A and Child Care Subsidy are not reduced.

Your vaccination provider will update the Australian Immunisation Register with this information, so if your child is up to date, you don’t need to do anything.

On another note, I’d like to remind separated parents to extend your child support assessment if your child is continuing in full-time secondary study after they turn 18.

You need to apply to have the assessment extended until the end of the school year in which they turn 18 and you must apply before your child turns 18.

You can apply for an extension by completing the ‘Child Over 18 in Full Time Secondary Education’ form or phoning 131 272 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

For more information, visit www.humanservices.gov.au.