Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, primary schools are required to:
- request information from parents on the immunisation status of each child prior to enrolment
- take a copy of the sighted document and record information on the immunisation status of each enrolled child.
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, unimmunised children and children whose immunisation status is unknown because a certificate has not been presented may be excluded from attending school until the risk of infection has passed.
The most common type of immunisation status certificate is a Child History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Parents are sent a statement when their child turns five; however, they can request a statement from AIR at any time. Enrolment in primary school can provide an effective prompt for parents to check that their child’s immunisations are up to date.
Read the immunisation policy
Available in the Policy and Advisory Library
The Department of Health provides a free brochure with immunisation information for parents enrolling a child suitable for inclusion in enrolment packs. For more information or to order brochures online, see:
Starting Primary School
Supporting the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program
Secondary schools play an important role in supporting immunisation by forming an effective relationship with their local council and ensuring effective facilitation of their school's vaccine program.
In particular, schools are encouraged to:
- appoint a school immunisation coordinator to manage the school's vaccine program
- ensure the school immunisation coordinator liaises with the local council immunisation officer in the local municipality
- support the distribution and collection of all vaccine consent forms and obtain completed forms from parents and guardians
- make use of immunisation resources available from the Department of Health and Human Services (Immune Hero) and your local council to assist with communication to students, parents, teachers and the wider school community about school-aged vaccines. For more information, see:
- ensure appropriate resources and environments are available for the program to run smoothly.
For comprehensive advice about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, see:
The Department of Health’s Immunisation Section can be contacted on 1300 882 008 or email: