National Immunisation Program
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) was set up by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments in 1997. It aims to increase national immunisation coverage to reduce the number of cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Australia.
What is NIP?
The NIP was set up by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments in 1997. It aims to increase national immunisation coverage to reduce the number of cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Australia.
Why is NIP important?
The NIP provides free vaccines to eligible people to help reduce diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. This improves national immunisation coverage rates.
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting the community against disease. Immunisation not only protects individuals from life-threatening diseases, but also reduces the spread of those diseases. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread.
What services does NIP provide?
The NIP provides free vaccines to eligible people. Your eligibility for NIP vaccines depends on your age or if you have a particular medical condition.
For details of the vaccines and to see if you are eligible, see the NIP Schedule.
Who can use NIP services?
The NIP is available for babies, young children, teenagers and older Australians. The program also targets people of all ages who are at greater risk of serious harm from certain diseases.
How do I use NIP services?
You can get NIP vaccinations from a range of vaccination providers.
How is NIP governed?
The NIP is governed in a collaborative, whole of government approach by the Commonwealth, states and territories. The strategic development and delivery of the NIP is overseen by a range of committees and advisory bodies.
Related policies, strategies and publications
- The National Immunisation Strategy 2013–2018 outlines strategic priorities and corresponding actions to maintain and improve the successful delivery of the NIP.
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.