Immunisation

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect you, your family and others in the community from serious diseases. The National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides free vaccines against a number of diseases, to increase national immunisation rates and reduce vaccine preventable disease.

When to get vaccinated

Find out when to get vaccinated and what vaccinations are provided for free.

Check the National Immunisation Schedule

The Schedule sets out free vaccinations given at specific times throughout your life, from birth to adulthood.

Check immunisation history

Find out what vaccines you or your child has received and request an immunisation history statement.

Find out about free vaccines

Find out about free vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program.

National Immunisation Program

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides free essential vaccines to protect eligible people against a range of diseases.

Learn more about the NIP

Get all your questions answered

  • Why do we need vaccines?
  • What do vaccines do?
  • Are vaccines safe for my child?
  • Can my child be vaccinated and when should they be vaccinated?

Get your questions answered

For health professionals

View the National Immunisation Schedule

The National Immunisation Program Schedule sets out the funded vaccines for children, adolescents and adults at scheduled ages.

Plan catch-up immunisations

Find out how to plan catch-up immunisations for patients who have delayed or missed vaccine doses. Use the calculator to create a catch-up schedule for children 0 to 10 years of age.

Use the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

Find out how to use the AIR to record vaccines you give to your patients, check which vaccines your patients may have had and if they are overdue for any vaccines.

View the Australian Immunisation Handbook

The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides guidelines for healthcare professionals about using vaccines safely and effectively.

Immunisation program updates

Health professionals can sign up to receive the latest clinical updates and guidance on the National Immunisation Program.

Latest general public resources

Latest resources - public

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Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) – Video – How do you get JEV?

This animation, produced for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, explains how you get the virus.
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Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) – Video – What are the symptoms of JEV?

Find out what the symptoms of JEV are and how you can protect yourself in this short video.

Outbreak preparedness checklist

This checklist is for residential aged care providers and their staff, and provides reminders on how to prepare and respond to a COVID-19 positive case or outbreak.

National Immunisation Program schedule

This schedule card provides recommended vaccines and schedule points under the National Immunisation Program from 6 February 2023

Latest health sector resources

Latest health sector resources

HPV vaccine – Factsheet outlining changes under the National Immunisation Program in 2023

This fact sheet for providers outlines the changes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in 2023.

COVID-19 vaccination – Practice Incentives Program COVID-19 in-reach vaccination payment guidelines

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) COVID-19 in-reach vaccination payment is a time-limited payment to support general practices that undertake in-reach COVID-19 vaccination services for residential aged care and disability support workers in their workplace.

ATAGI statement on the intradermal use of Imojev Japanese encephalitis vaccine

ATAGI has reviewed the evidence on the intradermal (ID) administration of Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccines and considered the potential use of Imojev as a dose-sparing mechanism, in the context of the risk of future outbreaks, expanded eligibility in risk areas, and ongoing supply considerations.

ATAGI clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine administration errors

These guidelines from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provide advice on the management of a range of possible vaccine administration errors, including when a replacement (repeat) dose is recommended.

Did you know?

93.93%

immunisation coverage for all one year olds

96.23%

Immunisation coverage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds

94.37%

immunisation coverage for all 5 year olds

Source: Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) annualised quarterly reports, September 2022.