The ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation in South Australia was introduced

21 July 2020

The ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation in South Australia was introduced in two phases. A first phase, which required early learning services to collect and retain immunisation records for all children enrolled, and to provide these to the Chief Public Health Officer on request, aimed to improve the timeliness of the public health response to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in early learning services. This legislation commenced on 1 January 2020.

Public consultation was undertaken to inform the second phase, which will require any child under 6 years of age who is not immunised, not on an immunisation catch-up program, or who does not hold an exemption under the Commonwealth Government’s No Jab No Pay requirements for Family Tax Benefits, to be excluded from attending an early childhood service. Following changes to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (the Act), this change will commence on 7 August 2020.

Feedback was invited from members of the public through YourSAy, a survey and through written submission. Responses were invited from professional groups, government departments, and organisations, including South Australian Primary Health Networks and Local Health Networks, Department for Child Protection, Department for Education, Education Standards Board (SA), Aboriginal Health Council of SA, Aboriginal Health Strategy of SA Health, Commissioner for Children and Young People (SA), Australian Literacy Educators Association, Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and the Australian Medical Association.

680 responses were received (608 through Survey Monkey, 41 through YourSAy, and 31 through either letter or email).

For more information visit the Early childhood services and immunisation requirements page on the SA Health website.