The majority of vaccines administered in Australia are funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP)

In some circumstances vaccines need to be purchased privately, examples including:

  • Travel vaccines
  • International patients without a Medicare card
  • Influenza vaccine for household contacts who do not qualify for NIP funded vaccine

Some additional vaccines may be funded if a patient has an underlying special risk medical condition, and/or requested by a medical practitioner. If uncertain, please check with your treating doctor.


If you have any queries, please check with your treating doctor or call the Immunisation Hotline on 1300 882 924 (option 2)

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

Date: September 2019

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.