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National Immunisation Program Schedule

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What is the NIP Schedule?

The National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule is a series of immunisations given at specific times throughout your life. The immunisations range from birth through to adulthood.

All vaccines listed in the NIP Schedule are free.

To get the best possible protection, make sure you have your immunisations on time, every time. The NIP Schedule below shows which vaccines you should get and when.

National Immunisation Program Schedule

National Immunisation Program Schedule for vaccination providers

Childhood schedule (birth to 4 years)

Birth

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for hepatitis Ba (usually offered in hospital)

H-B-Vax® II Paediatric — PDF 27 KB or Engerix B-Paediatric — PDF 27 KB

Hepatitis B vaccine should be given to all infants as soon as practicable after birth. The greatest benefit is if given within 24 hours, and must be given within 7 days.

2 months

These vaccines can be given from 6 weeks of age.

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Infanrix® hexa — PDF 139 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

None

Oral drops for rotavirus

Rotarix® — PDF 134 KB

Oral dose of rotavirus vaccine 6 to 14 weeks of age

4 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanuswhooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Infanrix® hexa — PDF 139 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

None

Oral drops for rotavirus

Rotarix® — PDF 134 KB

Oral dose of rotavirus vaccine 10 to 24 weeks of age

6 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanuswhooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Infanrix® hexa — PDF 139 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

Medically at-risk children only

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

12 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for measles, mumps, rubella

M-M-R® II — PDF 23 KB or Priorix® — PDF 133 KB

None

An injection for meningococcal ACWY

Nimenrix® — PDF 23 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Prevenar 13® — PDF 21 KB

None

18 months

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) ActHIB® — PDF 19 KB None

A combined injection for measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (varicella)

Priorix-Tetra® — PDF 177 KB or ProQuad® — PDF 27 KB

None

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)

Infanrix® - PDF 127 KB or Tripacel® - PDF 21 KB

None

4 years

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio

Infanrix® IPV — PDF 129 KB or 
Quadracel® — PDF 64 KB

None

An injection for pneumococcal

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

Medically at-risk children only

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

Adolescent and adult schedule (10 years and over)

10 to 15 years (school programs)

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

Injections for HPV (human papillomavirus) (2 doses)

Gardasil®9 — PDF 25 KB 

Contact your state or territory health service for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.

A combined injection for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)

Boostrix® — PDF 133 KB

Contact your state or territory health service for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.

65 years and over

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for pneumococcal (23vPPV)

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

A single dose is available for adults aged 65 years and over. 

An injection for shingles (herpes zoster)

Zostavax® — PDF 21 KB

A single dose is available for 70 year olds.

Until 31 October 2021, a single catch-up dose is also available for adults aged 71 to 79 years.

Extra vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also receive the below vaccines for free under the NIP. These are in addition to the vaccines listed above.

Disease

Vaccine

Comments

An injection for pneumococcal Prevenar13® — PDF 21 KB

6 months

Children living in high risk areas (QLD, NT, WA and SA).

An injection for hepatitis A Vaqta® Paediatric — PDF 27 KB

12 months

Children living in high risk areas (QLD, NT, WA and SA)

An injection for hepatitis A Vaqta® Paediatric — PDF 27 KB

18 months

Children living in high risk areas (QLD, NT, WA and SA).

An injection for pneumococcal (23VPPV)

Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB

15 to 49 years with medical risk factors

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

An injection for pneumococcal (23VPPV) Pneumovax 23® — PDF 21 KB 

50 years and over

Flu (influenza) vaccines

If you belong to any of the categories below, you are eligible to receive a free flu shot each year.

Age

Comments

6 months and over with certain medical risk factors

Refer to the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for all medical risk factor conditions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 6 months to less than 5 years

None

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 15 years and over

None

65 years and over

None

Pregnant women

Any trimester during each pregnancy.

State and territory immunisation schedules

State and territory health departments also fund some additional vaccines. It is important to also check the immunisation schedule for your area.

International immunisation schedules

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information on worldwide immunisation schedules. Visit the website and select the country of interest to view:

  • a profile for that country
  • the relevant immunisation schedule
  • information on disease surveillance
  • vaccine coverage.

Next steps

Last updated: 
1 August 2018