What is the Australian Immunisation Register?
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.
Recognised vaccination providers should record all vaccines given to patients.
As more recognised vaccination providers record the vaccines they give, the AIR will be used to:
- check which vaccines your patients have had
- check if your patients are overdue for any vaccines
- record vaccines you give to your patients.
Checking your patient's immunisation history
Visit the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) of the AIR website to check your patient’s immunisation history before you vaccinate.
Identifying people who are overdue for their vaccines
AIR reports that can help you identify children who are overdue for immunisation include:
- ACIR010A – AIR Due/Overdue Practice Report
- ACIR011A – Due/Overdue report by locality
- ACIR011B – Due/overdue report by vaccination provider
Visit the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) of the AIR website to see these reports.
Recording vaccines given to your patients
It’s important to record the vaccines you give to your patients on the AIR at the time of vaccination. Information on the AIR needs to be accurate and up to date so that:
- families can receive their appropriate child care and FTB payments on time
- children can enrol in school or adults can start certain jobs on time
- the AIR can inform public health management and research of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Recognised vaccination providers should report to the AIR all vaccinations they give to their patients in Australia. They should also record those given overseas if they have appropriate documentation.
If your practice software does not automatically report vaccinations to the AIR, then you will need to report these vaccinations directly using the AIR website.
Information about registering to send or receive immunisation data from the AIR is available on the AIR website.
Vaccination provider information payments
Certain vaccination providers get an information payment for:
- completing a National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule for a child under seven years of age and recording it on the AIR
- following up and vaccinating a child under seven years of age, who is more than two months overdue for their childhood vaccinations, under the NIP Schedule and recording it on the AIR.
The information payments are:
- up to $6 per completed immunisation schedule for children under seven years of age
- $6 per completed catch-up schedule for children under seven years of age
- paid by Electronic Funds Transfer on the second last Tuesday of each month.
To get a payment you need to provide your bank account details when you:
- register as a vaccination provider with the AIR, or
- complete an AIR Bank Account Details for Vaccination Providers form
To update your bank account details on the AIR:
- use Health Professional Online Services (HPOS), or
- complete and send us the AIR Bank Account Details for Vaccination Providers form
You’ll get an immunisation payment statement summary each month. You can access the statement on the AIR website or have it posted to you. You can also check or change your preferences on the AIR website.
Immunisation details submitted to AIR during the last month will be included in the Immunisation Notifications Reconciliation report. This report is available on the AIR website on the second last Tuesday of each month.