AusVaxSafety is an active national surveillance system, monitoring adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). It is led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The Victorian vaccine safety surveillance is coordinated by SAEFVIC, based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)

AusVaxSafety uses two software programs SmartVax and Vaxtracker to monitor the safety of vaccines. These programs are run by general practitioners and immunisation clinics that send an SMS or email to patients or parents following a vaccination. De-identified information from SmartVax and Vaxtracker are combined and monitored by AusVaxSafety to detect possible safety signals for vaccines.

SmartVax and Vaxtracker are used by more than 200 sentinel surveillance sites including general practices, immunisation clinics, hospital- and community-based clinics, and Aboriginal Medical Services spread across all Australian states and territories.

The information is also shared with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian Government Department of Health and the participating state health departments, all of whom have a shared responsibility for monitoring the safe use of vaccines.

Surveillance under AusVaxSafety commenced in March 2014.


Author: Annette Alafaci (SAEFVIC Research Assistant, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Reviewed by: Annette Alafaci (SAEFVIC Research Assistant, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: January 2019

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