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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 per cent coverage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander five year olds. We are getting closer for one year olds but still have some work to do for two year olds.

National coverage rates

Immunisation coverage for one and five year olds has increased since 2007. We have reached the target of 95 per cent for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander five year olds.

As at September 2018, the coverage rates were:

  • 92.64% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander one year olds
  • 88.49% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander two year olds
  • 96.61% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander five 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 30 September 2018. Australia 92.64%, ACT 95.83%, NSW 94.31%, VIC 94.56%, QLD 92.13%, SA 89.64%, WA 88.58%, TAS 96.37%, NT 92.34%

    Coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2 year olds

    While coverage rates for two year olds are low compared to other age groups, this is because of recent changes to the immunisation schedule.

    2 year old coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 30 September 2018. Australia 88.49%, ACT 90.07%, NSW 91.25%, VIC 88.84%, QLD 89.12%, SA 87.14%, WA 82.25%, TAS 88.50%, NT 84.47%

    Coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds

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

    1 year old coverage rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 30 September 2018. Australia 96.61%, ACT 97.84%, NSW 97.38%, VIC 96.53%, QLD 96.90%, SA 96.02%, WA 95.45%, TAS 96.80%, NT 94.31%

    For detailed data, take a look at:

    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: 
    19 October 2018