Key messages

  • Victoria has a routine schedule of vaccines provided free under the National Immunisation Program and Victorian immunisation programs
  • Additional vaccines are recommended for people with an increased risk factor
  • Routine and catch-up vaccines are available for certain groups of people
  • The enhanced schedule provides extra clinical advice about vaccination.

Eligibility criteria for free vaccine

Infants, children, adolescents, adults and special risk groups are eligible to receive some vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The Victorian Government also funds the provision of some vaccines that are not included on the NIP. See the Immunisation schedule Victoria for the vaccine program.

Some groups of people can receive free routine and catch-up vaccines following a clinical assessment made by an immunisation provider based on the individual risk for the person.

View the Eligibility criteria for free vaccine.

Free routine and catch-up vaccines are available for the following people where clinically indicated. This includes non-Medicare card holders:

  • All people under 20 years of age. From 1 July 2017 the catch-up schedule will need to commence on or before the child’s 20th birthday and may be completed beyond this date, as required
  • All refugees and humanitarian entrants including asylum seekers
  • People at risk of hepatitis B infection as follows:
    • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – hepatitis B non-immune, no restrictions.
    • Household contacts and sexual partners of people living with hepatitis B
    • People who inject drugs or are on opioid substitution therapy
    • People living with Hepatitis C
    • Men who have sex with men
    • People living with HIV
    • People no longer in a custodial setting who commenced but did not complete a free vaccine course while in custody
  • Australian volunteer wildlife handlers working in a volunteer service in Victoria for the initial course of pre exposure rabies vaccine
  • Post exposure treatment for rabies or Australian Bat Lyssavirus
  • Vulnerable citizens - A person who has experienced socioeconomic disadvantage that compromised their equitable access to the vaccine during their period of eligibility. Vulnerable citizens are vaccinated based on an individual assessment by an immunisation provider. 

All other people who are eligible to hold a Medicare card:

All other people from 20 years of age who do not meet the above criteria, must be eligible to hold a Medicare card to receive age appropriate vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program and the Victorian funded vaccine program.

Catch-up vaccines should be administered according to age-appropriate guidelines in the current edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Even though the vaccine may be free, the clinical administration of the vaccine/s may incur a fee by the vaccination provider.

Immunisation schedule Victoria

In Victoria the routine schedule of vaccines is provided free under the National Immunisation Program and the Victorian funded immunisation program shown in tables 1–3. 

An enhanced immunisation schedule is available for download, which contains further clinical details for health professionals. 

Table 1: National Immunisation Program (NIP) Victoria

Age / school year

Disease

Vaccine brand®

Notes

Birth

Hepatitis B

H-B-Vax II Paediatric or Engerix-B Paediatric

Give preferably within 24 hours of birth

2 months (can be given from 6 weeks of age)

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-hepatitis B-poliomyelitis-Haemophilus influenzae type b

Pneumococcal

Rotavirus

Infanrix hexa

Prevenar 13

Rotarix

4 months

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-hepatitis B-poliomyelitis- Haemophilus influenzae type b

Pneumococcal

Rotavirus

Infanrix hexa

Prevenar 13

Rotarix

6 months

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis- hepatitis B-poliomyelitis-Haemophilus influenzae type b

Pneumococcal

Infanrix hexa

Prevenar 13

Also see increased risk category section 

12 months

Measles-mumps-rubella

Haemophilus influenzae type b-meningococcal C

M-M-R II or Priorix

Menitorix

Also see increased risk category section

18 months

Measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox




Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis

Priorix-Tetra or ProQuad 



Infanrix or Tripacel

Previous chickenpox infection is not a contraindication to chickenpox vaccination

4 years

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-poliomyelitis

Infanrix IPV or Quadracel

Also see increased risk category section

12–13 years or Year 7 of secondary school

Chickenpox

Human papillomavirus

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis

Varivax or Varilrix

Gardasil

Boostrix

Previous chickenpox infection is not a contraindication to chickenpox vaccination

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

6 months to under 5 years

Influenza
As supplied
 

Annual seasonal influenza vaccine

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 15 years
Influenza
As supplied
Annual seasonal influenza vaccine
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 15 years
Pneumococcal
Pneumovax 23
See increased risk category section. See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 50 years
Pneumococcal
Pneumovax 23
See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook
From 65 years

Influenza

Pneumococcal 

As supplied

Pneumovax 23

 

Annual seasonal influenza vaccine

See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook

 70 years and catch-up for 71 to 79 years Shingles Zostavax Single dose unless contraindicated

Increased risk categories

Table 2: Increased risk categories

Category

Disease

Vaccine brand®

Notes

From 6 months of age
(with underlying medical risk factors)

Influenza

Influenza

Annually

In children aged 6 months to less than 9 years, give 2 doses of influenza vaccine a minimum of 1 month apart, in the first year of administration

Give 0.25 mL if less than 3 years of age

Pregnant women

Influenza

Influenza

At any stage of pregnancy

12 months of age – premature babies (<32 weeks gestation or <2,000 g birth weight)

Hepatitis B

H-B-Vax II Paediatric or Engerix-B Paediatric

Single booster dose

12 months of age – with underlying medical risk factors or <28 weeks gestation

Pneumococcal

Prevenar 13

Single booster dose

4–5 years of age – with underlying medical risk factors or <28 weeks gestation

Pneumococcal

Pneumovax 23

See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15–49 years – with underlying medical risk factors

Pneumococcal

Pneumovax 23

See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook

Less than 65 years – with underlying medical risk factors 

Pneumococcal

Pneumovax 23

See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook

Vaccine is not funded for this group

Victorian funded immunisation programs

Table 3: Victorian funded immunisation programs

Program

Disease

Vaccine brand®

Notes

Bacille Calmette-Guerin Tuberculosis As supplied Eligible at-risk children less than 5 years old.
Meningococcal A, C, W, Y secondary school vaccine program Meningococcal A, C, W, Y Menactra Years 10, 11, 12 or aged 15 to 19 years

Parent’s whooping cough vaccine program

Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis

Boostrix

Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy

Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the past 10 years

Parents/guardians of a baby under 6 months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the past 10 years

Women planning pregnancy or after delivery

Rubella

M-M-R II or Priorix

Rubella non-immune women planning pregnancy or shortly after delivery

Hepatitis B vaccine for eligible at-risk people

Hepatitis B

Engerix B-paediatric and adult formulations

All non-immune Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

Household contacts or sexual partners of people living with hepatitis B infection

People who inject drugs or are on opioid substitution therapy

People living with hepatitis C

Men who have sex with men

People living with HIV

Prisoners and remandees

People who are no longer in a custodial setting and who commenced but did not complete the vaccine course while in custody

See current edition of The Australian immunisation handbook

Vulnerable citizens

As per National Immunisation Program (NIP)

As supplied

Eligible for NIP and Victorian funded immunisation programs

Rabies vaccine for eligible at-risk people

Rabies

As supplied

Volunteer handlers of Australian bats in Victoria for the primary course

Post-exposure prophylaxis 

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