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Starting or moving child care, kindergarten or school – immunisation requirements

Immunisation is important

Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles or mumps, can have serious health consequences for young children and others in the community.

The child care and classroom environment, where children are in close proximity to each other, allows diseases to spread quickly between children who are not fully vaccinated. Other visitors such as parents and other family members, are also at risk if they are not vaccinated.

You can help protect your child by ensuring his or her vaccinations are up-to-date.

Recent legislative changes under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA) (external site) and School Education Act 1999 (WA) (external site) strengthen immunisation requirements in the following ways:

  • When enrolling your child into a child care service, community kindergarten or school you need to provide your child's current Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement as part of enrolment documentation. The statement must be dated within 2 months of the date of application for enrolment.
  • Child care services and schools may be requested to report the immunisation information of children enrolled, to the Department of Health.
  • No Jab No Play: Your child's immunisation status must be 'up-to-date' according to their AIR Immunisation History Statement to be permitted to enrol into long day care, family day care, pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.
  • Regulations support these places of education and care to limit or prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable notifiable infectious disease.
What are the new No Jab No Play laws for children enrolling into child care services, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten?

On 22 July 2019, changes to the Public Health Act 2016 (WA) and the School Education Act 1999 (WA), came into effect that will better protect young and vulnerable WA children and the wider community from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Under these new changes, the child’s immunisation status must be ‘up-to-date’ according to their AIR Immunisation History Statement to be permitted to enrol into long day care, family day care, pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.

Exceptions apply to children who have an approved medical exemption to a vaccine, have natural immunity to a specific disease, are on an approved catch-up schedule, or are identified as an exempt child because of a particular family circumstance.

Kindergarten enrolments

As of 22 July 2019, if enrolment of a child attending kindergarten in 2019 or 2020 has already been finalised, the enrolment is not impacted by this new legislation.

Where an application for enrolment has not been accepted and/or finalised, the new immunisation requirements must be met.

Students enrolled at the same school for the remainder of 2019 are not affected by the changes.

Child care enrolments

As of 22 July 2019, where an application for enrolment has not been accepted and/or finalised, the new immunisation requirements must be met.

All new child care enrolment applications lodged by parents/guardians from 22 July 2019 are subject to the new legislative changes.

For more information, parents/guardians can:

Parents/guardians are encouraged to ensure their children’s vaccinations are ‘up-to-date’ to avoid their application for enrolment into child care and kindergarten being declined.

Why does my child care, kindergarten or school need my child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement?

Parents/guardians are legally obliged to provide their child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at enrolment into a child care service, kindergarten or school. This includes enrolling your child into:

  • a child care service (long day care and family day care services only)
  • pre-kindergarten or kindergarten
  • pre-primary
  • secondary school
  • a new school.

If your child is enrolling into child care (long day care and family day care services, only), pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, it is particularly important that you provide your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement to meet immunisation requirements for enrolment under the newly introduced No Jab No Play legislation (see above).

Generally schools also need to know which children are not fully immunised for their age in order to protect the children in their care. For example, children whose immunisation status is 'not up-to-date' may need to be excluded during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

Regulations under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA) (external site) also require persons in charge of child care services, kindergartens and schools to share immunisation-related information with the Department of Health, upon request. With this information, the Department of Health can support the families of under-vaccinated children to ensure these children get fully vaccinated, through their local immunisation providers.

Read the Your child’s immunisation records - Frequently asked questions (PDF 960KB) for more information.

How do I access my child's AIR Immunisation History Statement?

Every immunisation your child receives should be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

An AIR Immunisation History Statement is automatically sent to you after your child has completed their childhood immunisation schedule.

You can also access your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at any time through:

Note: if you think a vaccine is missing from your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement, please ask your vaccination provider to update the AIR. Alternatively, please email a photo of your child’s vaccination records, along with their Medicare number and their date of birth to your local public health unit and the AIR records will be updated accordingly.

If any details such as name or date of birth are incorrect on the AIR, or if you have recently changed your address, please call the Medicare general enquiries line anytime on 132 011 and ask to have these updated.

If you do not hold a Medicare card you must call the AIR on 1800 653 809 to request an Immunisation History Statement.

Learn more about the AIR and how to access your vaccination record.

What immunisation records do I need to provide?

If your child was born in Australia

You need to provide a copy of your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement (see ‘How do I access my child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement’ above).

Alternative immunisation records (e.g. Purple Book) can be difficult to interpret and will not be accepted by the child care service, kindergarten or school.

If your child was not born in Australia

If your child is not registered on the AIR and they have received vaccinations overseas, you should contact your immunisation provider (GP, AMS or community immunisation clinic). They can arrange for non-English records to be translated and also forward your child's overseas immunisation records to the AIR.

Once your child has been registered on AIR and overseas vaccinations have been verified, you will be able to access your child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at any time (see ‘How do I access my child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement’).

Learn more about immunisation for children moving to Australia.

More information


Last reviewed: 02-07-2019
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