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Australian Immunisation Register

From 30 September 2016, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) expanded to become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), a national register that records immunisations given to people of all ages in Australia.

The ACIR was introduced in 1996 to record all immunisations administered to children from birth to 7 years of age. The earliest year of birth for which data was recorded in the ACIR was 1989.

What is an Australian Immunisation Register history statement?

AIR history statements are automatically generated when an individual completes their early childhood immunisation schedule.

Learn more about accessing your vaccination record.

Who needs to see my child's AIR history statement?

Before enrolling your child at school, and particularly if your child is entering secondary school, you will need to obtain an up-to-date copy of your child’s AIR history statement to provide to the school.

Read more about why providing your child’s immunisation history to their school is important when starting or moving schools.

How do I obtain an AIR history statement?

Parents/guardians can request an AIR history statement for children in their care who are under 14 years of age.

People aged 14 years and over must request their own AIR history statement.

An AIR history statement may be requested by:

An enquiry for a person over 14 years of age cannot be made without that individual’s consent.

What if your child's AIR history statement is incorrect?

If any of the immunisations on a statement are wrong, contact your immunisation provider and ask them to correct the details on the AIR.

If a recent immunisation is missing from the statement, it may be that the statement was sent before the details were received from your immunisation provider. If the missing immunisations were given more than a month ago, contact your immunisation provider and ask them to update the information on the AIR.

If the name or date of birth details are incorrect on the AIR, call the Medicare general enquiries line (external site) and ask to have these updated.

For further information please see the Department of Human Services website (externals site).

What about the year 8 immunisation program?

In Western Australia, all vaccines administered through the year 8 school program must be reported to the WA Health School Based Immunisation Program (SBIP) database.

Parents/guardians will receive an accurate immunisation record for their child at the end of the school year from the SBIP database. Read more about accessing your vaccination record.

More information

Visit the Department of Human Services (external site).

Remember

  • The new Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is an expansion of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
  • AIR can record immunisations given to people of all ages in Australia.
  • Please ensure Medicare has the correct details (including address) for you and your children.
  • AIR history statements can be requested by contacting the Department of Human Services (external site).

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