What are Immunisation History Statements?
Immunisation History Statements are a listing of all your vaccinations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
Statements are available from the AIR, which is a national register that records vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia.
Immunisation History Statements may be needed for child care and school enrolment, and employment at certain workplaces. Centrelink uses them to determine eligibility for some family assistance payments.
You can also check the statement to make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date.
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
The AIR is a national register that can record vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia. This includes all vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program, most school based vaccines provided under State and Territory vaccination programs and most privately funded vaccines including influenza and travel vaccines.
It’s up to your vaccination provider to record your vaccinations on the AIR. It’s a good idea to remind them to do this.
Previously, the Victorian Cytology Service Foundation recorded human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations separately. The AIR now records all vaccinations, and past HPV vaccination records have been transferred to the AIR so all HPV records are now in one place.
If you have received a HPV vaccination and it has been reported to the AIR or to the (former) National HPV Program Register, the information will be included in your Immunisation History Statement.
AIR Immunisation History Statements
For your child
You can get your child’s statement if they are under 14 years of age.
The quickest way to get your child’s statement is by using your Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. You can save and email the statement directly to your child’s pre-school or childcare centre.
You can also ask your general practitioner or vaccination provider to print a copy for you.
You can also call the AIR enquiries line. It can take up to 10 business days to get your statement in the post.
For adults and teenagers
Due to privacy laws, anyone aged 14 years or older has to get their own statement. They can do this:
- Online, by setting up their own myGov account and then accessing their Medicare online account
- through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- by calling the AIR enquiries line. It can take up to 10 business days to get your statement in the post
- by asking their doctor or immunisation provider to print a copy for them.
Individuals aged 14 years or older can give the Department of Human Services permission to provide their parents with access to their immunisation history statement.
Your general practitioner or other vaccination provider can access statements on the AIR.
You can ask your doctor to print a copy of your statement or your child’s statement for you.
Updating your details
The AIR uses your details from your Medicare record.
Make sure the personal details you have recorded with Medicare are up to date. You can update your Medicare details online using your Medicare online account through myGov, or through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you can also choose to record this in your Medicare details.