Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
You need to know
Immunisation is important
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems and sometimes death.
Immunisation will help your child stay healthy. If your child hasn’t been immunised or has missed a vaccination, it’s easy to catch up - just ask your doctor or immunisation provider.
Vaccinations can be given by your doctor, immunisation clinic and some hospitals.
There are some instances where your child may be exempt from immunisation. This information should still be included on the Immunisation Register.
An exemption can be made if you have a personal, philosophical, religious or medical belief that immunisation should not occur. The Immunisation exemption conscientious objection form (IMMU12) must be signed by your doctor or immunisation provider and sent to the register.
An exemption can be made if your child cannot be immunised because of a medical condition. The Immunisation Exemption Medical Contraindication form (IMMU11) must be completed by a doctor or immunisation provider and sent to the register.
Your child’s immunisation schedule
The National Immunisation Program Schedule specifies at what ages your child should receive certain vaccines.
Benefits of the Immunisation Register
You can get a copy of your child's immunisation details at any time.
You are automatically sent your child's immunisation history statement when your child turns 18 months, and again when they turn 5.
Health professionals can track immunisation levels in Australia.
Enrol your child on the Immunisation Register
You do not need to do anything to add your child on the Immunisation Register. Children who are younger than 7 years and enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on it. Even if your child is not enrolled, they will be added to the Immunisation Register once we receive their immunisation details from your doctor or immunisation provider.
Uses for the Immunisation Register
Health professionals use the Immunisation Register to monitor immunisation coverage levels and services, and to identify regions at risk during disease outbreaks.
Immunisation Register data also:
- let's immunisation providers and parents or guardians check the immunisation status of a child, regardless of where the child was immunised
- generates an optional immunisation history statement, which tells parents and guardians of their child’s recorded immunisation history
- can be used to help determine a parent’s or guardian’s eligibility for some Australian Government family assistance payments
Immunisation history statement
The Immunisation Register records a child's immunisation history up to 7 years of age and provides an immunisation history statement to their parent or guardian.
This statement can be used by parents and guardians to help them keep track of their child's immunisations and as proof of immunisation for childcare and school enrolments.
You can get a copy of your child's immunisation details at any time:
- through your Medicare online accounts or Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- by requesting a statement to be sent in the mail
- at your local service centre
- by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809
Immunisation history statements are only available online, through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or at a service centre if your child is younger than 14 years. Call the Immunisation Register if your child is 14 years or older.
Updating the Immunisation Register
Your doctor or immunisation provider sends us information about your child's vaccinations. You can view your child’s immunisation history online to check your child's vaccination details have been received.
Using your child's immunisation history
Parents and guardians can use their child’s immunisation history statement when they need to provide proof of immunisation for childcare or school enrolment.
It is important to keep your child's most recent immunisation history statement so you can provide proof of immunisation when needed.
For example, you can use your child's statement to help:
- keep track of your child's immunisations
- meet immunisation requirements for school enrolment. Look for a sentence at the bottom of your statement that says your child has received all vaccinations required by 5 years of age
If there are details missing from your child’s record, your doctor or immunisation provider should complete the Immunisation history form and send it to the register.
Making your child’s immunisation history available to doctors
With your consent, your doctor or immunisation provider can contact the Immunisation Register to check your child’s immunisation history. This is useful if they have not seen your child before and it will help them decide what vaccinations are due and when.
To help make sure your child's records are up to date, the Immunisation Register can record vaccinations your child received while overseas. Your Australian doctor or immunisation provider just needs to send the overseas vaccination details to the Immunisation Register.
Correcting your child's details on the Immunisation Register
Your child’s immunisation records are important. Please check your child’s immunisation history statement carefully. It is your responsibility to ensure information about your child is correct.
If an immunisation is missing from the statement, it may be that we sent the statement before we received the details from your immunisation provider. If the missing immunisations were given more than a month ago please contact your immunisation provider and ask them to send the information to the Immunisation Register.
If any of the vaccinations on your child's statement are incorrect, call the Immunisation Register enquiries line on 1800 653 809 and give the name of your doctor or immunisation provider. The Immunisation Register will attempt to contact them as soon as possible to confirm the correct vaccination details.
If your child's name or date of birth are incorrect on the Immunisation Register, call us on 132 011 and ask to have your child's Medicare details updated as this reflects your details on the Immunisation Register. We will help you to correct the details on the Immunisation Register.
Immunise Australia Program
The Immunise Australia Program aims to increase national immunisation rates by funding free vaccination programs and communicating information about immunisation to the public and health professionals.
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