In 2016, the previously known Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) expanded to an all of life register and became known as the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). It is a national register recording the immunisations of all Australians of all ages.
Why should vaccines be recorded?
The AIR records any previous vaccine doses given, dates of administration and the specific brands given. It also identifies any vaccines that are due or overdue according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Immunisation history statements (IHS) can also be generated from AIR.
For families accessing Family Tax Benefit Part A payments or childcare subsidies, a child’s AIR record needs to show that immunisations are up to date to ensure that payments are not reduced.
In order to confirm enrolment into early childhood education and care services (including childcare and kindergarten), an up to date Immunisation History Statement (IHS) from AIR must be produced.
Who can record immunisations?
Any recognised immunisation provider can record vaccines onto AIR.
What vaccines should be recorded?
All vaccines administered since January 1 1996 can be recorded onto AIR. This includes all vaccines on the NIP, influenza and travel vaccines, as well as any additional vaccines given to an individual (e.g. Tetanus vaccines given for tetanus prone wounds, Boostrix in pregnancy, meningococcal B vaccines etc). Any vaccines given overseas can and should also be recorded.
Immunisation exemptions and catch up plans
All approved immunisation exemptions and recognised catch up plans are documented onto AIR to ensure that immunisation records are accurate.
Do patients need to be eligible for medicare in order to have an AIR record?
No. Everyone can have an AIR record. If a person does not have medicare, immunisations can still be recorded based on name, date of birth and address.
Immunisation history statements
An Immunisation History Statement (IHS) can be used to keep track of vaccines that have been given, that are due or that are overdue. All medical exemptions are noted on an IHS. IHS is the only acceptable form of documentation when enroling into early childhood education and care services.
How do I access my own AIR record?
Statements can be accessed using a Medicare online account through myGov. Alternatively copies may be obtained from any immunisation provider or the AIR enquiries line.
- Australian Government Department of Human Services: Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
- Australian Government Department of Human Services: AIR education for vaccination providers
- Australian Government Department of Human Services: Help using AIR online
- Australian Government Department of Human Services: Immunisation medical exemption form
Author: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
Date: February 2019
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