Date published: 
24 January 2019
Intended audience: 
General public
Four children taking photos in a park

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

School-based vaccination programs will offer the vaccine to children aged approximately 12 to 13 years. GPs and other immunisation providers will also offer the vaccine as part of a catch-up program for young people up to the age of 19 years.

More information will soon be available to parents of students eligible for a free HPV vaccine through their school. A consent form will also be provided, and will need to be signed and returned to the school before the vaccination is given.

To help educate people about the importance of the vaccine, Samantha – a two-time cancer survivor – shares her experience with HPV-related cancer.

My daughter got the HPV vaccine at her school. After everything I went through, I didn't think twice about signing her consent form.

Since the introduction of HPV vaccines through school-based programs, along with improved cervical screening, rates of HPV-related cancers and diseases continue to fall in Australia.

Find out more about the HPV vaccine:

Additional information is also available for health care providers:

Learn more about human papillomavirus (HPV) and the  vaccine provided through the HPV immunisation service.