Before enrolling a child, you need to request parents/carers supply a current Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement.
You also need to check that the statement shows the child is up to date with all the vaccinations they are due/able to receive.
Evidence of up-to-date immunisation must be provided within the two months prior to the child commencing at your service.
The only acceptable evidence of immunisation is an AIR Immunisation History Statement, which you need to keep on file with the child’s enrolment record.
You do not need to know the vaccine schedule, or interpret any other documentation the parent/carer gives you.
Australian Immunisation Register Immunisation History Statement
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) holds records of vaccinations given in Australia. It can issue Immunisation History Statements to everyone who has had their vaccinations recorded on the AIR.
Unacceptable documentation for enrolment
Unacceptable documentation for enrolment includes overseas immunisation records, letters from a doctor or statutory declarations from parents.
Helping parents/carers obtain documentation
You can help parents/carers obtain documentation by telling them how to get AIR statements, and find an immunisation provider or relevant support service.
Assessing documentation for compliance
How to assess an AIR Immunisation History Statement for compliance.
Reviewed 23 September 2018