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Immunisation coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

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We have reached the aspirational target of 95% coverage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds. We are getting closer for 1 year olds but still have some work to do for 2 year olds.

National coverage rates

Immunisation coverage for 1 and 5 year olds has increased since 2007. We have reached the target of 95% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds.

As at March 2018, the coverage rates were:

  • 92.5% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 1 year olds
  • 88.4% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2 year olds
  • 96.5% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds

State and territory coverage rates

Coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 1 year olds

Four states and territories (ACT, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria) have coverage rates above the national rate.

    1 year old coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 31 March 2018. Australia 92.5%, ACT 93.2%, NSW 94.6%, VIC 94.1%, QLD 91.9%, SA 90.1%, WA 87.7%, TAS 94.5%, NT 92.1%

    Coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2 year olds

    While coverage rates for 2 year olds in the states and territories are low compared to others, this is because of recent changes to the immunisation schedule.

    2 year old coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 31 March 2018. Australia 88.4%, ACT 89.9%, NSW 91.1%, VIC 88.2%, QLD 88.8%, SA 87.4%, WA 82.6%, TAS 88.3%, NT 85.4%

    Coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds

    Two states and territories (New South Wales and Queensland) have coverage rates above the national rate.

    5 year old coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 31 March 2018. Australia 96.5%, ACT 95.8%, NSW 97%, VIC 95.9%, QLD 97.1%, SA 96.1%, WA 95.9%, TAS 96.2%, NT 94.1%

    Local area coverage rates

    Coverage rates for local areas can be quite different to the state or territory rates. To explore coverage in your local area, take a look at: 

    What are PHNs? The Australian Government set up 31 PHNs across the country to improve the coordination of health services. Find your PHN by using the PHN map locator.

    Last updated: 
    1 August 2018