Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
A national register that records vaccinations given to children and young individuals under 20 years of age.
You need to know
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems and sometimes death.
The National Immunisation Program Schedule on the Department of Health Immunise Australia Program website specifies what ages your child should receive certain vaccines. Most of the immunisations on the National Immunisation Program Schedule are linked to family assistance payments.
Immunisations 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 vaccination provider. Vaccinations can be given by your general practitioner, 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 Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (Immunisation Register).
The Immunisation Register helps health professionals track immunisation levels in Australia.
If your child is under 14 years of age, you can get a copy of their immunisation history at any time.
Children and young individuals 14 years of age or older can get a copy of their immunisation history at any time.
You don’t need to do anything to add your child to the Immunisation Register.
Children and young individuals under 20 years of age and enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on the Immunisation Register.
Children who aren’t eligible to enrol in Medicare will be added when a vaccination provider sends the details of a vaccination to 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:
- lets vaccination providers check the immunisation status of a child or young individual, regardless of where they were immunised
- lets parents or guardians of children under 14 years of age check the immunisation status of a child, regardless of where the child was immunised
- generates an immunisation history statement, which tells parents and guardians of children under 14 years of age their child’s recorded immunisation history, and
- can be used to help determine a parent’s or guardian’s eligibility for some Australian Government family assistance payments
The Immunisation Register records a child's or young individual’s—up to 20 years of age—immunisation history and provides an immunisation history statement.
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 child care and school enrolments.
You can check your child’s immunisation history statement at any time by using:
- your Medicare online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account, you can create one and then link it to your Medicare online account, or
- the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it to your mobile device from the App Store or Google Play™
Children and young individuals 14 years of age or older can access their immunisation history by signing in or creating their own Medicare online account through myGov or by using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
Alternatively, they can request their immunisation history statement by calling the Immunisation Register.
If there’s information missing from your child’s immunisation history statement, please ask your vaccination provider to send this information to the Immunisation Register.
It’s important for parents and guardians to keep the child's most recent immunisation history statement, so proof of immunisation can be provided when needed.
For example, you can use your child's statement to help:
- keep track of your child's immunisations, and
- meet immunisation requirements for child care or school enrolment—look for a sentence at the bottom of your statement that says your child has received all vaccinations required
Making your child your practice's requesting and referral procedures are compliants immunisation history available to vaccination providers
Your vaccination provider can contact the Immunisation Register to check your child’s immunisation history. This is useful if they haven’t seen your child before and it’ll help them decide what vaccinations are due and when.
The Immunisation Register can record vaccinations your child or young individual received while overseas. You just need to take evidence of overseas vaccinations to your Australian vaccination provider who will update the Immunisation Register.
If you require translation services of your child's immunisation evidence, read more about the Free Translating Service on the Department of Social Services website.
Your child’s immunisation records are important. You should check your child’s immunisation history statement carefully.
It’s 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 vaccination provider. If the missing immunisations were given more than a month ago, contact your vaccination provider and ask them to send the information to the Immunisation Register.
If any of the vaccinations on your child's statement are incorrect, please ask your vaccination provider to contact us to provide the correct details.
If your child's name or date of birth are incorrect on the Immunisation Register, please contact us on the Medicare general enquiries line and ask to have your child's Medicare details updated as this reflects your details on the Immunisation Register. We’ll help you to correct the details on the Immunisation Register.
The Department of Health 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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