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How To Obtain Immunisation Records

Mother and children at an immunisation session

Australian Immunisation Register (Formerly the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register)

In 1996, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) was established to maintain records for any child (up to the age of 7) that was born on or after 1 January 1996 and immunised in Australia. This includes any immunisations given by a doctor, Council or hospital. From 30 September 2016, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) became the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.

After an individual has received a vaccination in Australia, a record is sent to AIR. Once a child has completed the childhood National Immunisation Program (usually at four years of age) an immunisation history statement is sent, which can be used as a school entry immunisation certificate.

If you require an immunisation history statement or school entry immunisation certificate for your child or for more information about the register you can contact AIR on 1800 653 809 or click on the AIR link below to visit their website. It is important that AIR is notified of any changes to your details.

Immunised before 1996?

Knox City Council maintains immunisation records for people who receive vaccinations through Knox City Council service. This includes immunisations given at primary or secondary school. If you require a record of any immunisations that were given by Knox Council you can contact Health Services on 9298 8000 or email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au.

If you require a record of any vaccinations that were given by another provider such as a doctor, health clinic or another Council you will need to contact them directly. If you were born on or after 1 January 1996 and require an immunisation history statement you should contact the Australian Immunisation Register (see details above).

School Entry Immunisation Status Certificates

It is a legal requirement for primary school entry under Division 7 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 that an Immunisation Status Certificate for a child is provided to primary schools. Generally Immunisation Status Certificates are issued to parents by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) once their child receives their 4 year old immunisations.

Immunisation History Statement

On enrolment in an early childhood education and care service, the service will require your child’s most recent Immunisation History Statement as evidence of your child's immunisation.

The history statement from AIR is the most common and acceptable form of certificate used for enrolment into primary school and early learning services. Parents can obtain a history statement from AIR in the following ways:

  • Medicare Online - through MyGov once an account has been created
  • Medicare Express Plus App - once a MyGov account has been created
  • Over the counter at a Medicare Service Centre
  • Phone - call AIR on 1800 653 809

Visit the Department of Health website for more information about school entry immunisation certificates.

To view or download a copy of the relevant section of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 click on the link below.

You can view or download a copy of the relevant section of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 below that lists all the current vaccine-preventable diseases that are prescribed.

Refer to our main Immunisations page.

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