Starting or moving schools – immunisation records
Immunisation is important
Vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles or mumps, can have serious health consequences for school-aged children and others in the community.
You can help protect your child by ensuring his or her vaccinations are up-to-date.
Your child’s immunisations should be registered with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
You need to share your child’s AIR history statement with the school.
The school needs to know which children are not fully immunised for their age as they may be excluded from school during outbreaks of some vaccine preventable diseases.
How do I access my child’s immunisation records?
Early childhood immunisations
All immunisations given to children are recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). An AIR history statement is automatically generated when an individual completes their early childhood immunsiation schedule.
Learn more about the AIR and how to access your vaccination record.
Year 8 immunisations
Parents or guardians of year 8 students will receive an immunisation record from the WA School Based Immunisation Program (SBIP) database at the end of the year outlining the school based immunisations received.
This may be requested at other times by emailing the School Based Immunisation Program (SBIP).
Learn more about the year 8 immunisation program.
What immunisation records do I need to provide?
If your child was born in Australia
You will be able to get a copy of your child’s AIR history statement. Find out more about the AIR and how you can get an up-to-date immunisation history statement.
Alternative immunisation records can be difficult to interpret and will not be accepted by the school.
If your child was not born in Australia
If your child is not registered on the AIR, for example if they were born overseas, you should contact your immunisation provider (GP or child health clinic) and ask them to forward your child's overseas records to AIR to ensure you get an AIR statement for future use.
Learn more about immunisation for children moving to Australia.
If you have chosen not to immunise your child for medical or other reasons
You are still required to provide the school with an immunisation record such as an AIR certificate indicating that no vaccinations have been administered.
When do I need to provide my child's immunisation history?
Whenever your child is enrolled at a new school, you are required by the School Education Act (1999) (external site) to present your child’s immunisation records. This includes:
- enrolling your child for kindergarten and pre-primary
- enrolling your child for secondary school – your child’s secondary school still needs to know if your child has not received his or her early childhood immunisations. Again, this is because if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease these students may be excluded from school.
- transfers between schools (primary and secondary).
Translated information about starting or moving schools
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Phone the AIR on 1800 653 809 (free call from landline only) or online through the Department of Human Services (external site).
- You can help protect your child by ensuring their vaccinations are up to date.
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