Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
Your child’s immunisation history can help you
It is important to keep your child's most recent immunisation history statement so you can use it when proof of immunisation is needed.
For example, you can use your child's statement to:
- help meet immunisation requirements for school enrolment
- help keep track of your child's immunisations
The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register records a child’s immunisation history 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 Medicare Online Services
- by requesting a statement to be sent in the mail
- at your local DHS Service Centre
- by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809
Immunisation history statements are only available online or at a DHS Service Centre if your child is under 14 years of age. Call the Immunisation Register if your child is 14 years or older.
Note: the Immunisation Register only records vaccinations given from 1 January 1996 to children up to seven years of age.
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.
Where you can have your child vaccinated
Vaccinations can be given by your doctor, immunisation clinic and some hospitals.
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 at five years of age, or you can request one at any time.
Health professionals can track immunisation levels in Australia.
Enrolling your child on the Immunisation Register
You do not need to do anything to add your child on the Immunisation Register. Children who are under seven years of age and enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on it. Even if your child isn’t 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.
Updating the Immunisation Register
Your doctor or immunisation provider sends us information about your child's vaccinations. You can call us on 1800 653 809 to check your child's vaccination details have been received.
Uses for your child's immunisation history
You can use your child's immunisation history statement when proof of immunisation is needed for school enrolment.
Making your child’s immunisation history available to doctors
With your consent, your doctor or immunisation provider can contact the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register to check your child’s immunisation history. This is useful if they haven't 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
If your child's name, date of birth or address are incorrect on the Immunisation Register, call us on 132 011 and ask to have your child's Medicare details updated as these records are linked.
If an immunisation is missing from the statement, the Immunisation Register may not have received the details from your child’s immunisation provider. You may want to check with the provider to ensure the details were sent to the Immunisation Register.
If any of the vaccinations on your child's statement are incorrect, call us on 1800 653 809 and give us the name of your doctor or immunisation provider. We will attempt to contact them as soon as possible to confirm the correct vaccination details.
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.