Date published: 
13 February 2018
Intended audience: 
General public
Immunisation coverage rates are improving

94% of Australian 5 year olds and over 96% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds are now fully vaccinated.

Coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve with 5 year old children having the highest coverage rates in history.

As of December 2017, 94% of all 5 year old children and 96.2% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are fully immunised against serious diseases known to cause illness, disability and sometimes death.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds are the first cohort to reach the nation’s aspirational coverage target of 95%. 

The national immunisation coverage is the percentage of children in Australia who have received all the vaccines recommended for their age in the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

Immunisation data collected by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is used to report on immunisation coverage rates. 

The Australian Government is making available approximately $460 million in 2017 to 2018 for vaccines and related activities through the National Immunisation Program.  

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