School Entry Certificates & Immunisation Records
Keeping a record of immunisations is primarily the responsibility of the parent, however it is possible to retrieve records from state or local government authorities if required.
You may need immunisation records for:
- Primary school entry
- Some university or other courses (eg medical, child care)
- Some employment
- Medical emergencies
How Long Are Records Retained?
From 1996, records of all child immunisations (birth - 4yrs) are held on a nationwide central database, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). Any hard copy records are held with the local council where the immunisation was given.
Hard copies of immunisation records are kept for seven years. Records for childhood immunisations given prior to 1996 are kept for 25 years.
How Do I Request Immunisation Records?
Immunisation records can be obtained from either the ACIR or local council.
What If My Immunisation Records Are Not Available?
If records are not available, please contact your doctor for further advice.
For more information contact Public Health - Immunisation on 1300 368 333 or email.