Date published: 
28 November 2018
Type: 
News
Intended audience: 
General public

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are now recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This makes it easier for you and your healthcare provider to find information about your or your child’s HPV vaccinations.

The AIR is a national register that records all vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia, including through school vaccination programs.

The HPV vaccine is funded under Australia’s National Immunisation Program and is usually given to school children aged 12 or 13. Previously, the National HPV Vaccination Program Register operated by the Victorian Cytology Service Foundation kept records of HPV vaccinations. These records have been transferred to the AIR.

What the change means for you and your child

The change means that all of your and your child’s vaccination information will now be kept in one place. You can check your or your child’s immunisation history statement (if your child is aged 13 years or under) on the AIR using:

If your child is 14 years of age or over, they can check their immunisation history statement by setting up their own myGov account. They can then access their statement through their Medicare online account or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. Your child can give the Department of Human Services permission to provide you with access to their immunisation history statement.

The changes to the vaccination records will not change when or how HPV vaccines are given, either through a school vaccination program or the doctor.

What you need to do

The AIR uses the address and other details that you have with Medicare. It is possible that these might be different to the details recorded on the HPV Register. Make sure the address details you have recorded with Medicare are up to date.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you can also choose to record this in your Medicare details.

You can check and update your Medicare details using:

You don’t need to do anything to make sure your and your child’s information is recorded. AllHPV vaccination records, including past and current information, will be recorded on the AIR. Your vaccination provider will record on the AIR any future vaccines you or your child receives.

More information

Visit the HPV immunisation service page to find out more about HPV vaccination, or the Check immunisation history page to find out more about the AIR.