If your child is under seven and lives in Australia, the Australia Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) will automatically record details of their vaccinations.
- gives you an immunisation history statement when your child turns one, two and five years of age.
- can give you documents to help with eligibility for some family payments.
- provides you with the option of getting a copy of your child's immunisation details at any time.
For more information about the Immunisation Register, go to Medicare Australia.
The immunisation schedule:
As all states vary slightly in the timing of their immunisation schedule, you can find the relevant information to your area at Immunise Australia Program.
Immunisation and family payments:
To receive family payments such as the Child Care Benefit and the Maternity Immunisation Allowance, you must keep up to date with your child's immunisation or have received an exemption. The ACIR will provide the relevant information. If you aren't up to date with your child's immunisation, to receive the payments, you will either be required to arrange for a catch-up program or apply for an exemption.
You can be exempted from immunisation if:
- your child can't be immunised because of a medical condition - in this case, your GP will need to fill out a Medical Contra-indication form.
- your child has a natural immunity to a disease, or a vaccine is unavailable - ask your GP to provide you with a letter explaining your specific situation.
- you have a personal, philosophical, or religious objection to immunisation - in this case, your GP should provide you with a Conscientious Objection form.