Immunisation – why you should
By law, a child must have an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to enrol in primary school.
Children starting school are exposed to a large number of people and a range of potentially dangerous diseases. Immunisation is a proven and safe way to protect children against diseases that cause serious illness and sometimes death.
Enrolling in primary school is a good time to check that a child’s vaccinations are up to date.
Immunisation History Statements
An Immunisation History Statement from the AIR is a statement showing the vaccinations a child has received.
By law, an Immunisation History Statement from the AIR must be provided to the primary school when enrolling a child, even if it shows that the child has not received any vaccinations.
The school keeps a copy of the Immunisation History Statement so that, if there is a disease outbreak, unvaccinated children can be quickly identified and excluded from school until the risk of infection has passed.
If the Immunisation History Statement from the AIR is not provided to the school, a child may be excluded from school during a disease outbreak because their immunisation status is unknown.
Homeopathic treatment is not a legally recognised form of immunisation.
Where to get an Immunisation History Statement
From the Australian Immunisation Register
Parents and guardians will be sent an Immunisation History Statement from the AIR when their child turns 5 years old, but a Statement can be requested at any time.
Parents or guardians should contact the AIR if they:
- are moving or have recently moved, to ensure their contact details are up to date
- think their child’s statement is incomplete or incorrect.
You can print a copy of your child’s Immunisation History Statement from your myGov account. If you have difficulty getting a copy via your myGov account you can:
- call the AIR on phone 1800 653 809
- visit a Medicare or Centrelink office.
Families who do not hold a Medicare card must call the AIR to request an Immunisation History Statement.
A Translating and Interpreting Service is available by calling 131 450, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:45pm.
The department has a range of fact sheets on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation, including in other languages.