The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provides independent advice to the Minister for Health on the Immunise Australia Program and other related issues [see resources].

In addition to technical experts, ATAGI’s membership includes a consumer representative and general practitioners.

The Terms of Reference of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation are to:

  • provide technical advice to the Minister for Health on the medical administration of vaccines available in Australia, including those on the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
  • through the department, provide advice to research funding bodies regarding the status of current immunisation research and areas where additional research is required
  • advise the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) on matters relating to the ongoing strength of evidence pertaining to existing, new and emerging vaccines in relation to their effectiveness and use in Australian populations
  • produce the Australian Immunisation Handbook for the approval of the National Health and Medical Research Council
  • consult with the National Immunisation Committee (NIC) on the content and format of the Australian Immunisation Handbook and associated implementation strategies
  • consult with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) on matters relating to the implementation of immunisation policies, procedures and vaccine safety
  • provide advice on COVID-19 immunisation programs and policies, to improve confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia

ATAGI meets three times a year and provides bulletins detailing the important outcomes from the meeting [see resources]

The vaccine PBAC outcomes are also publicly available on their website [see resources]


Author: Nigel Crawford (Director, SAEFVIC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Reviewed by: Daryl Cheng (Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: October 2020

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