About the data
Data in Web update: Immunisation rates for children 2016–17 were sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which is administered by the Australian Government Department of Human Services.1
The AIR is a national register that records immunisations given to children to help parents and guardians keep track of their children’s immunisations. It also enables governments and health managers to monitor immunisation coverage in Australia.2 It is estimated that the AIR has records for close to 99% of children in Australia. The AIR may underestimate coverage due to incomplete submission of immunisation records or the inclusion of children who no longer reside in an area but have not been updated on the register.
Recognised immunisation providers submit immunisation data daily to the AIR via the electronic Medicare online claiming facility, secure internet facilities or manual processes using a designated form.
The Register was originally established in 1996 as the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). In 2016, the Register was expanded to include vaccinations for individuals of all ages and the name was revised to the Australian Immunisation Register.
Children identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in this report reflect the indigenous status recorded on the AIR, which is based on Medicare enrolment records.
1. Department of Health 2017. Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Canberra: Department of Health. Viewed 20 February 2017, http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-acir.htm.
2. Department of Human Services 2014. Australian Immunisation Register. Canberra: Department of Human Services. Viewed 20 February 2017, https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-registerExternal link, opens in a new window.