Australian Immunisation Register
A record of your vaccinations.
1. You need to know Australian Immunisation Register
About the Australian Immunisation Register
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that records vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia.
What’s on it
The AIR can record:
- childhood vaccines given since 1 January 1996
- adult vaccines given since 30 September 2016
- vaccines through the free National Immunisation Program
- vaccines you’ve paid for privately
You can read more about the National Immunisation Program on the Department of Health website.
It’s up to the vaccination provider to put your vaccines on the AIR. It’s a good idea to remind them.
What isn’t on it
The AIR doesn’t record:
- childhood vaccines given before 1 January 1996
- adult vaccines given before 30 September 2016
- vaccines from school programs
- vaccines that vaccination providers don’t put on it
AIR – Why you need immunisation
It’s a simple, safe and effective way of protecting against harmful diseases.
Protect yourself, your family and others
The more people immunised, the less chance some diseases have to spread.
If you’re not immunised you may put people’s health at risk, especially:
- young children
- frail older people
- those who have compromised immune systems
You can read more on the Department of Health Get the facts, immunisation saves lives website.
Why you need the AIR
The AIR makes it easy to check:
- vaccines you’ve had
- vaccines you need
- when your vaccines are due
- where your child’s up to with the early childhood vaccination schedule
Catch up vaccination to meet the schedule
To get some family assistance payments your child up to 20 years old must be up to date with the National Immunisation schedule. Read more about the schedule on the Department of Health website.
It’s easy to catch up on vaccines you or your child have missed. People up to 20 years old can catch up on missed vaccines for free. Ask your vaccination provider what to do.
AIR – Immunisation medical exemptions
There must be a valid medical reason not to get a vaccine.
The only reasons are if you:
- had anaphylaxis after a previous dose of a vaccine
- had anaphylaxis after a dose of any component of a vaccine
- have a significant immunocompromise - for live vaccines only
- have natural immunity - for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox only
Reasons that don’t count
These aren’t valid reasons for an exemption:
- mild illness without fever - temperature below 38.5ºC
- family history of any adverse events following immunisation
- past history of convulsions
- treatment with antibiotics
- treatment with locally acting steroids - inhaled or low dose topical
- replacement corticosteroids
- asthma, eczema, atopy, hayfever or snuffles
- previous infection with the same pathogen
- prematurity - vaccination shouldn’t be postponed and can be given if the infant is medically stable
- history of neonatal jaundice
- low weight in an otherwise healthy child
- neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy and Down syndrome
- contact with an infectious disease
- child’s mother is pregnant
- child is being breastfed
- woman is breastfeeding
- recent or imminent surgery
Who can grant an exemption
Not everyone who can give a vaccine can grant an exemption. These can only be given by a:
- general practitioner (GP) that is vocationally registered, or a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), or Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- public health physician
- infectious disease physician, or
- clinical immunologist
Your general practitioner will know if they are on the vocational register.
Other medical practitioners working in general practice can’t give exemptions, but please be assured they’re eligible to give vaccines and provide other medical services.
- record your exemption online on the AIR site, or
- fill in and send us a completed and signed AIR - Immunisation medical exemption form
Getting on the Australian Immunisation Register
You don’t need to do anything to get on the AIR.
If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you and your child are automatically on it.
If you’re not enrolled in Medicare, we’ll put you on the AIR when a vaccination provider sends us details of any vaccines you get.
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Who uses the Australian Immunisation Register
Many people use the AIR.
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People living in Australia
State and territory health departments
Opting out of the Australian Immunisation Register
You can choose not to get letters from the AIR or to stop others seeing your or your child's vaccination history on the AIR.
You can opt out of:
- getting letters from the AIR
- letting vaccination providers see your immunisation history
- letting vaccination providers see your child’s immunisation history - if they’re under 14 and in your care
Please keep in mind, if you choose to opt out of sharing your immunisation history, even your GP can’t see your records. You may receive questions from your GP when they can’t see your immunisation history.
How to do this
Fill in and send the Australian Immunisation Register – Ceasing correspondence and release of information form. The address is on the form.
When your child turns 14
Your choice to opt out for your child ends when they turn 14. They can then opt out for themselves if they choose.
AIR – Immunisation History Statement
All your vaccines recorded on the AIR will appear in your Immunisation History Statement.
Your Immunisation History Statement also shows:
- when your next vaccines are due
- any overdue vaccines
- if you’re part of an immunisation trial
If you think a vaccine is missing from your statement, speak to your vaccination provider.
How to get it
You can also call the AIR enquiries line. It can take 14 days to get your statement in the post.
Your child’s Immunisation History Statement
You can get your child’s statement if they’re under 14.
This helps you to:
- keep track of the vaccines your child’s had up to 14 years of age
- prove your child has had what they need to access child care or school
- check if your child has an immunisation medical exemption recorded
- check what your child needs to be eligible for Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement
The quickest way to get your child’s statement is by using your Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. You can save and email the statement directly to your child’s pre-school or childcare centre.
Why it’s useful
Add overseas vaccinations to the AIR
If you or your child have had vaccines overseas you should get them added to the AIR, especially if you need to meet immunisation requirements for family assistance payments.
How to do this
Find records that show you had the vaccines and take these to your vaccination provider. You can ask them to update the AIR.
- check if the vaccines you’ve had match the National Immunisation Program Schedule on the Department of Health website
- tell you how to catch up if you’re missing any
- update the AIR
After the AIR is updated, the vaccines will be on your Immunisation History Statement.
Documents in other languages
If your records are in another language you’ll need to get them translated into English and may need to give it to your vaccination provider. Read about the Free Translating Service on the Department of Social Services website.
Correcting the Australian Immunisation Register
It’s up to you to make sure we have all your details right on the AIR.
You need to check your Immunisation History Statement carefully.
Please keep in mind you can’t update the AIR directly. You will need to speak with your vaccination provider about updating your statement.
If you had the vaccine less than 1 month ago, we may be waiting for the details to come from your vaccination provider. We’ll update your Immunisation History Statement as soon as we get them.
If you had your vaccine more than 1 month ago, remind your vaccination provider to update the AIR.
Call Medicare’s general enquiries line to update other Medicare details, including name, address or date of birth.
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Payment and Service Finder
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Payment and Service Finder can help you work out amounts of:
- Centrelink payments, including pensions and allowances
- Family Tax Benefit
- Child care fee assistance
To work out how much money you may get, answer the questions and choose a payment you want to estimate.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
- how our payments and services may help you manage your money day to day
- how to manage money and debt
- about how borrowing and credit can help you better manage your money
- ways to manage your money to build savings
Read about how to manage your money.