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Web update: Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17 - Web update - Fact sheet

Web update: Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17

Fact sheet: Immunisation rates for children 2016–17

Immunisation rates for children 2016–17 Fact Sheet (PDF, 163.6 KB)

Quick facts

  • Nationally, 93.5% of all children aged 5 were fully immunised in 2016–17. All PHN areas achieved an immunisation rate of 90% or more
  • While overall immunisation rates are high, variation in rates still exists across local areas.

All Australian children are expected to have received specific immunisations by a certain age according to recommendations in the National Immunisation Program Schedule, to ensure that children have maximum protection if they come into contact with harmful viruses and bacteria.

Fully immunised status is measured at ages 1, 2 and 5 years and means that a child has received all of the scheduled vaccinations appropriate for their age.

Vaccinations Fully immunised status
2 months
  • Hepatitis B (hepB)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTPa)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
4 months
  • Hepatitis B (hepB)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTPa)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
6 months
  • Hepatitis B (hepB)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTPa)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
1 year
12 months
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Meningococcal C
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
2 years
18 months
  • Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) (MMRV)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTPa)
4 years
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTPa)
  • Polio (IPV)
5 years

Immunisation is a safe and effective way of reducing the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in the community and protecting against potentially serious health problems.

Although the majority of Australian children are immunised, it is important to maintain high immunisation to reduce the risk of outbreaks of serious diseases.

This web update presents childhood immunisation rates for all children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 1, 2 and 5.

Rates are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas, more than 300 smaller local areas called Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3), and around 1,600 postcodes across Australia.

Nationally, 93.5% of all children aged 5 were fully immunised in 2016–17. All PHN areas achieved an immunisation rate of 90% or more, ranging from 96.0% in Western NSW to 90.6% in North Coast (NSW).

The percentage of 5 year olds fully immunised across local areas (SA3s), ranged from 98.0% in both Tumut-Tumbarumba (NSW) and Broken Hill & Far West (NSW) to 77.5% in Adelaide City.

There were 294 local areas (out of 325 reported) where the percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised was greater than or equal to 90%.

Results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are available by Primary Health Network area and Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) at National overviews.

Figure 1: Percentage of all children fully immunised and numbers not fully immunised, by Primary Health Network area, 2016–17

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Primary Health Network area Percentage of all children fully immunised at age Number not fully immunised
(1, 2 & 5 yrs combined)
1 yr 2 yr 5 yr
Western NSW 95.30% 93.00% 96.00% 659
Murrumbidgee (NSW) 96.20% 92.90% 95.90% 459
Hunter New England & Central Coast (NSW) 95.50% 93.20% 95.70% 2,422
Gippsland (Vic) 94.90% 93.60% 95.70% 511
Western Victoria 95.10% 93.10% 95.50% 1,246
Murray (Vic & part NSW) 94.20% 91.80% 95.20% 1,385
South Eastern NSW 95.10% 92.30% 95.00% 1,250
Western Queensland 96.10% 92.70% 95.00% 174
Northern Queensland 94.50% 92.70% 95.00% 1,700
Darling Downs & West Moreton (Qld) 94.70% 92.60% 94.80% 1,420
Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) 94.40% 91.50% 94.70% 1,019
Brisbane North (Qld) 95.30% 92.40% 94.30% 2,190
South Western Sydney (NSW) 93.10% 89.00% 94.20% 3,426
Tasmania 93.70% 91.60% 94.00% 1,227
Eastern Melbourne (Vic) 94.30% 91.20% 93.90% 3,681
Australian Capital Territory 95.00% 92.00% 93.90% 1,092
Country SA 94.90% 91.60% 93.80% 1,087
Country WA 93.30% 90.90% 93.80% 1,605
South Eastern Melbourne (Vic) 93.80% 90.70% 93.60% 4,262
North Western Melbourne (Vic) 93.00% 90.20% 93.50% 5,542
Brisbane South (Qld) 94.20% 92.00% 93.40% 3,118
Adelaide (SA) 93.80% 90.70% 93.40% 3,239
Central Qld, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast 93.00% 91.30% 93.30% 2,231
Western Sydney (NSW) 92.50% 88.70% 93.20% 3,789
Northern Territory 92.80% 88.10% 93.10% 961
Gold Coast (Qld) 93.10% 91.20% 92.20% 1,728
Central & Eastern Sydney (NSW) 92.90% 89.10% 92.00% 4,726
Perth South (WA) 93.00% 89.40% 91.20% 3,594
Northern Sydney (NSW) 93.40% 89.00% 91.10% 2,984
Perth North (WA) 93.10% 89.80% 90.90% 3,596
North Coast (NSW) 90.10% 87.90% 90.60% 1,800

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Suggested citation: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018. Web update: Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17. Cat. no. HPF 16. Canberra: AIHW

ISBN: 978-1-76054-171-2 (PDF)

ISSN: 2202-1841

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