In an effort to improve vaccination rates and reduce the spread of vaccine preventable diseases, the Victorian state Government introduced the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation on the 1st of January 2016. This legislation requires confirmation of up to date vaccination status when enrolling in all early childhood education and care services including childcare and kindergarten. This legislation does not apply to enrolment into school.

On February 28 2018 this legislation was amended. Immunisation History statements provided by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) are now the only accepted proof of immunisation when enrolling in early childhood education and care services. Previous forms of documentation (e.g. GP letter or local council statement) will no longer suffice.

In order to be up to date on AIR, a child must have received all scheduled immunisations for their age according to the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Exceptions to this include being on an approved catch up schedule, having a valid medical contraindication or natural immunity recorded on AIR. Exemptions for conscientious reasons are no longer valid. Only exemptions for medical contraindications and natural immunity are accepted and must be signed by and approved medical practitioner in order to be valid.

More details on the legislation and documentation required are in the Resources section below.


Author: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Date: February 2019

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