Australian Immunisation Register
A register of vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.
You need to know
The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) has expanded to become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
The ACIR was introduced to hold vaccination details for children 0 to 7. The earliest year of birth that data is recorded in the ACIR is 1989. This is to capture those children 7 years of age at the 1996 introduction of the ACIR. The ACIR did not hold vaccination records for people born before 1989.
The AIR records vaccinations given through general practices and community clinics.
Vaccinations given after 30 September 2016 can be recorded by your vaccination provider. This includes National Immunisation Program vaccinations and privately funded vaccinations.
The AIR does not record vaccinations provided through school vaccination programs.
Read more about immunisation on the Immunise Australia Program website.
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting you and your family against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems and sometimes death.
View the specific ages you or your child should get certain vaccines in the National Immunisation Program Schedule on the Department of Health Immunise Australia Program website.
Immunisations help you stay healthy. If you haven’t been immunised or have missed a vaccination, it’s easy to catch up - just ask your vaccination provider. Vaccinations can be given by your general practitioner and in immunisation clinics.
If you get family assistance payments from us, there may also be immunisation requirements you need to meet.
If you or your child are exempt from immunisations for approved medical reasons, this information will be included on the AIR when your general practitioner provides a completed Australian Immunisation Register - Immunisation Medical Exemption form.
You don’t need to do anything to add yourself or your child to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
People of all ages enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on the AIR.
If you aren’t eligible to enrol in Medicare, you’ll be added to the AIR when a vaccination provider sends us details of any vaccinations given to you.
Health professionals use the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to monitor immunisation levels and services, and to identify regions at risk during disease outbreaks.
- lets your vaccination provider check your immunisation status, regardless of where you were immunised
- lets you check your immunisation history and the immunisation history of your children under 14 years of age, regardless of where the immunisations took place
- generates an immunisation history statement when the early childhood vaccination schedule has been completed, and
- can be used to help determine your eligibility for some Australian Government family assistance payments
Complete the Australian Immunisation Register – Ceasing correspondence and release of information form if you don’t want to get information from the AIR, or if you don’t want third parties such as vaccination providers to view vaccination history for yourself or for your child under 14 years of age in your care.
Individuals 14 years of age and older can make their own privacy decisions about their health information on the AIR.
At 14 years of age, individuals whose parents had previously withdrawn consent for them receiving correspondence or having their information shared will receive correspondence from the AIR unless they complete the Australian Immunisation Register – Ceasing correspondence and release of information form.
The AIR records your immunisation history and provides an immunisation history statement.
You can access your own immunisation history statement if you are 14 years of age or older using:
Or, you can request your immunisation history statement by calling the AIR enquiries line.
You can use this statement to keep track of your child's immunisations and as proof of immunisation for child care and school enrolments.
The AIR provides information about a child's immunisation status to help determine eligibility for Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement.
If there is information missing from your or your child’s immunisation history statement, please ask your vaccination provider to send this information to the AIR.
Your vaccination provider can access AIR using Health Professional Online Services to check your or your child’s immunisation history. This is useful if they haven’t seen you or your child before and it’ll help them decide what vaccinations are due and when.
If your child received vaccinations overseas, take evidence of these to your Australian vaccination provider who will update the AIR. They’ll check your child has received the correct vaccinations to meet the National Immunisation Program Schedule. If your child is missing any vaccinations, they will recommend a catch up schedule of these vaccinations.
If you’ve recently arrived in Australia and need your child's immunisation evidence translated into English, read more about the Free Translating Service on the Department of Social Services website.
Immunisation records are important. You should check the immunisation history statement carefully.
It’s your responsibility to ensure immunisation information is correct.
If any of the vaccinations on a statement are wrong, please ask your vaccination provider to correct the details on the AIR.
If a recent immunisation is missing from the statement, it may be that we sent the statement before we received 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 AIR.
If name or date of birth details are incorrect on the AIR, call the Medicare general enquiries line and ask to have these updated.
The Department of Health Immunise Australia Program aims to increase national immunisation rates. They fund free vaccination programs and provide information about immunisation to the public and health professionals.
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