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

Immunisation schedule Victoria

In Victoria the routine schedule of vaccines is provided free under the National Immunisation Program and the Victorian funded immunisation program. It includes vaccines provided for children, adolescents and adults at increased risk of vaccine preventable disease.

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.
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
    • People born in priority hepatitis B endemic countries and arrived in Australia in the last 10 years. (Priority countries include China, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar (Burma) Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cambodia)
  • 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.

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