Key messages

  • Local council delivers the secondary school immunisation program in all secondary schools in their municipality.
  • Student contact details can be shared by the school with the local council to assist in the delivery of the program.
  • Young people under 18 need parental consent for vaccination unless they are considered a 'mature minor'.
  • The Victorian Government provides supporting resources to assist local council to deliver the program.

COVID-19 impact

Local council immunisation services and secondary schools are continuing to work together to ensure delivery of the 2020 secondary school immunisation program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Relevant resources/advice for local council immunisation services includes:

Role of local government

Local government councils (councils) are required under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 to provide immunisation services to children living or being educated within their municipal district. This includes the delivery of the secondary school immunisation program.

Councils coordinate and deliver immunisation services to secondary schools either directly, or through a contracted immunisation provider, usually a health service.

The Victorian Government provides funding and support to local councils for the delivery of the secondary school immunisation program.

Consent for vaccination

Parent/guardian consent

Children and young people under 18, generally, require parent/guardian consent to be vaccinated. Consent card booklets can be downloaded under Downloads on this page or free printed consent card booklets can be ordered online by local councils.

Consent without a parent/guardian

The law recognises that as children become older and more mature, they are more capable of making their own decisions about a wide range of issues including decisions about their healthcare and wellbeing. The law recognises that a young person may reach this stage before they are 18 years old. These young people are referred to as 'mature minors'.
There is no specific age when a young person may be deemed a mature minor. Determining whether a young person is a mature minor requires consideration of whether they have sufficient maturity to understand the nature and effect of a decision to be vaccinated. Relevant factors include:

  • age
  • level of maturity for their age
  • understanding of the issues and consequences
  • living arrangements (independence).

A medical practitioner or other health or welfare professional who is considered to have sufficient knowledge of the young person and their history and circumstances can make this assessment based on the factors listed above. In a school setting the principal of the school may make this assessment.

Authorisation to share contact details

The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards. 

Contact details must be used strictly for the purposes of delivering the secondary school vaccine program.

Councils can also issue reminders, notifications and information about the program. This may be done by SMS, email, phone call or mailed letter.

Support resources

Local councils can order secondary school vaccine program resources online

Year 7 information and consent booklet

This booklet contains information about each disease the vaccines provide protection against, a pre-immunisation checklist and a form for parents/guardians to complete to provide their consent for the vaccine to be given. (8 pages)

You can also download a copy of this consent booklet (see the downloads section at the bottom of this page). This consent booklet is available in a range of community languages from the Health Translations website.

Year 10 information and consent booklet

This booklet contains information about each disease the vaccines provide protection against, a pre-immunisation checklist and a form for parents/guardians to complete to provide their consent for the vaccine to be given. (8 pages)

You can also download a copy of this consent booklet (see the downloads section at the bottom of this page). This consent booklet is available in a range of community languages from the Health Translations website.

dTp record pad

A form for use by the immunisation provider to create a paper record of the delivery of the Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (dTp). (tear-off pad, 100 sheets)

HPV record pad

A form for use by the immunisation provider to create a paper record of the delivery of the Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV). (tear-off pad, 100 sheets)

Meningococcal ACWY immunisation record pad

A form for use by the immunisation provider to create a paper record of the delivery of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. (tear-off pad, 100 sheets)

Resources provided to schools by councils

The following resources have been developed to support councils and schools to work together and to equip schools with the tools and information they require to assist local councils in the delivery the secondary school immunisation program.

To access these resources see the download section at the bottom of the Secondary school immunisation program – information for secondary schools page.

Agreement for local council and secondary school

The purpose of this agreement is to set shared expectations and acknowledge the roles and responsibilities between schools and local councils to deliver the Secondary School Vaccine Program. (7 pages)

Collection statement regarding student contact details

An example letter from school principals to parents/guardians of Year 7 and Year 10 students to let them know that their contact information is shared with the relevant local council for the purposes of delivering the secondary school immunisation program unless they request otherwise. (two pages)

School newsletter article about the secondary school immunisation program

An example article from inclusion in school newsletters or communiques to alert parents/guardians of Year 7 and Year 10 students to the secondary school immunisation program. (one page)

Fact sheet for secondary schools

A brief summary of the secondary school immunisation program for Victorian secondary schools including annual steps and key dates. (two page fact sheet)

Secondary school immunisation program guide for schools

A comprehensive step-by-step guide for school immunisation coordinators and other school staff who are involved in delivering the secondary school immunisation program. (12 pages) 

School software instructions for sharing information with councils

Instructions on using common school software programs to extract relevant student contact information to provide to local council for the purposes of delivering the secondary school immunisation program, a data exporter and an excel template for data compilation. (10 documents)