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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?

A child’s AIR history statement lists all immunisations given to them and states their current immunisation status for age.

AIR history statements are automatically generated when an individual turns 18 months of age and again when they turn 5 years of age or after they have completed their 4 year old immunisation schedule, whichever comes first.

Australian Immunisation Register – Immunisation history statement

Image 1: Immunisation history statement

Learn more about accessing your vaccination record.

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

When enrolling your child at child care, kindergarten primary or secondary school, you will need to provide an up-to-date copy of your child’s AIR history statement.

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

An AIR history statement may be requested by:

Families who do not hold a Medicare card are advised to call the AIR on 1800 653 809 to request an Immunisation History Statement.

For translating and interpreting services, parents/guardians are advised to call 131 450.

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 (external site).

What about the year 8 immunisation program?

Between 2009-2017, all vaccines administered through the school program were reported to the WA Health School Based Immunisation Program (SBIP). As the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is now a whole of life immunisation register, the SBIP database has ceased and all school vaccines are now recorded in the AIR.

Students who received their school vaccines between 2009-2017 can contact the Central Immunisation Clinic on (08) 9321 1312 during office hours for their records.

More information

Visit the Department of Human Services (external site).

Remember

  • AIR can record immunisations given to people of all ages in Australia.
  • When enrolling or re-enrolling your child in child care, kindergarten, primary or secondary school, you need to provide a current AIR statement.
  • 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).

Last reviewed: 14-12-2018
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