Who is eligible for free vaccines?
All vaccines listed as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are free.
If you miss the scheduled vaccination programme, you may be able to access a free catch-up vaccine through your healthcare practitioner. If you choose to delay the vaccination of your child or teenager, you will need to arrange your own vaccination and may be required to pay your doctor a consultation fee.
The Commonwealth Government and some states extend free vaccines to other groups, including:
- Catch-up vaccines for all 10-19 year olds.
- Catch-up vaccines for all refugees and humanitarian entrants over 20 years.
- Adult booster for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) for pregnant women in the third trimester.
- Those with increased risk of contracting hepatitis B.
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) for people born during or after 1966 and are still unvaccinated; and women who have recently given birth but are not immune to rubella.
- Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for rabies or Australian bat lyssa virus.
- Those with socioeconomic disadvantage that led to not meeting NIP schedule.
- Children and adolescents in out-of-home care.
- Those with underlying medical conditions.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Older people (aged 65 years and older).
Sources & Citations
- Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule, Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule (accessed 19 April 2018).
- NSW Government. Department of Health. NSW School Vaccination Program 2018. Available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schoolvaccination.aspx (accessed 25 April 2018).
- Victorian Government. Health. Immunisation for special-risk groups. Available at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/special-risk-groups (accessed 25 April 2018).
- Victorian Government. Health, Immunisation schedule and vaccine eligibility criteria. Available at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/immunisation-schedule-vaccine-eligibility-criteria/immunisation-schedule-victoria (accessed 25 April 2018).
- NSW Government. Department of Health. Additional Commonwealth and NSW-funded free vaccines. Available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/gp_catchup.aspx (accessed 25 April 2018).