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Starting or moving child care, kindergarten or school – immunisation records

Immunisation is important

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

The child care and classroom environment, where children are in close proximity to each other, allows diseases to spread quickly between children who are not fully vaccinated. Other visitors such as parents and other family members, are also at risk if they are not vaccinated.

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

Every immunisation your child receives should be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

New regulations under the Public Health Act 2016 strengthen immunisation enrolment requirements (external site).

When enrolling your child into a child care service, kindergarten or school, you need to provide your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement.

Why does my child care, kindergarten or school need my child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement?

The child care service, kindergarten or school needs to know which children are not fully immunised for their age, in order to protect the children in their care. For example, children whose immunisation status is 'not up-to-date' may need to be excluded during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

Parents/guardians are legally obliged to provide their child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at enrolment into a child care service, kindergarten or school. This includes enrolling your child into:

  • a child care service (long day care and family day care services only)
  • a kindergarten program
  • pre-primary
  • secondary school
  • a new school.

The new regulations (external site) also require persons in charge of child care services, kindergartens and schools to share immunisation-related information with the Department of Health, upon request. With this information, the Department of Health can support the families of under-vaccinated children to ensure these children get fully vaccinated, through their local immunisation providers.

How do I access my child's AIR Immunisation History Statement?

All vaccinations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for your child are on your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement.

An AIR Immunisation History Statement is automatically sent to you after your child has completed their childhood immunisation schedule.

You can also access your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at any time through:

Note: if you think a vaccine is missing from your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement, please ask your vaccination provider to update the AIR. Alternatively, please email a photo of your child’s vaccination records and their Medicare number to your local public health unit and the AIR records will be updated accordingly.

If any details such as name or date of birth are incorrect on the AIR, or if you have recently changed your address, please call the Medicare general enquiries line anytime on 132 011 and ask to have these updated.

If you do not hold a Medicare card you must call the AIR on 1800 653 809 to request an Immunisation History Statement.

Learn more about the AIR and how to access your vaccination record.

What immunisation records do I need to provide?

If your child was born in Australia

You need to provide a copy of your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement (see ‘How do I access my child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement’ above).

Alternative immunisation records can be difficult to interpret and will not be accepted by the child care service, kindergarten or school.

If your child was not born in Australia

If your child is not registered on the AIR and they have received vaccinations overseas, you should contact your local immunisation provider (GP, AMS or community immunisation clinic). They can arrange for non-English records to be translated and also forward your child's overseas immunisation records to the AIR.

Once your child has been registered on AIR and overseas vaccinations have been verified, you will be able to access your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at any time (see ‘How do I access my child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement’).

Learn more about immunisation for children moving to Australia.

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

You are still required to provide the child care service, kindergarten or school with your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement.

Starting or moving schools resources
Further proposed changes to immunisation enrolment requirements

Further legislative changes are proposed that, if passed, will require (with rare exception) a child’s immunisation status to be ‘up-to-date’ as a condition of enrolment into child care services (long day care and family day care only) and kindergarten programs.

It is anticipated that this additional legislation will be effective for the 2020 school year enrolment period occurring in July 2019, and effective immediately for child care enrolments.

Parents/guardians applying to enrol their children in kindergarten programs in the 2020 school year are encouraged to ensure their children’s vaccinations are ‘up-to-date’ to avoid their application for enrolment being declined.

English resources

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Last reviewed: 14-12-2018
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