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Starting or moving schools – immunisation records

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Vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles or mumps, can have serious health consequences for school-aged children and others in the community.

You can help protect your child by ensuring his or her vaccinations are up-to-date.

Your child’s vaccinations should be registered with the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

You need to share your child’s ACIR history statement with the school.

The school needs to know which children are not fully immunised for their age as they may be excluded from school during outbreaks of some vaccine preventable diseases.

What immunisation records do I need to provide?

What immunisation records do I need to provide?

If your child was born in Australia

You will be able to get a copy of your child’ ACIR history statement. Find out more about the ACIR and how you can get an up-to-date immunisation history statement.

Alternative vaccination records can be difficult to interpret and will not be accepted by the school.

If your child was not born in Australia

If your child is not registered on the ACIR, for example if they were born overseas, you should contact your immunisation provider (GP or child health clinic) and ask them to forward your child's overseas records to ACIR to ensure you get an ACIR statement for future use.

If you have chosen not to immunise your child for medical or other reasons

You are still required to provide the school with an immunisation record such as an ACIR certificate indicating that no vaccinations have been administered.

If you and your GP have signed the conscientious objector form provided by Medicare

Please present the letter sent to you by Medicare to your school.

If you haven’t signed the conscientious objector form provided by Medicare

Please advise the school that you do not want your child immunised and arrange to sign the form when you next see your GP.

When do I need to provide my child's immunisation history?

When do I need to provide my child’s immunisation history?

Whenever your child is enrolled at a new school, you are required by the School Education Act (1999) (external site) to present your child’s immunisation records. This includes:

  • enrolling your child for kindergarten and pre-primary
  • enrolling your child for secondary school – your child’s secondary school still needs to know if your child has not received his or her early childhood immunisations. Again, this is because if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease these students may be excluded from school.
  • transfers between schools (primary and secondary).

More information

Phone the ACIR on 1800 653 809 (free call from landline only) or online through the Department of Human Services (external site).

Remember

  • You can help protect your child by ensuring their vaccinations are up to date.
  • If your child was born in Australia in 1996 or later, their vaccinations will be registered on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
  • If your child was born overseas and is less than 7, please present their immunisation record to your GP or an immunisation clinic. This will allow your child to be registered on the ACIR.

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