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July 2014

Improvements will be made to the way some PBS medicines are processed under the Highly Specialised Drugs Programme from 1 July 2015.

Australian Childhood Immunisation Register

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (the ACIR) is a national register administered by Medicare that records details of vaccinations given to children under seven years of age who live in Australia. It was established in 1996 in response to a decline in childhood immunisation in Australia and an increase in preventable childhood diseases.

Children who are under seven years of age and enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on the ACIR. Children who are not eligible to enrol in Medicare can be added to the ACIR when details of a vaccination are received from a doctor or immunisation provider.

Health professionals use the ACIR to monitor immunisation coverage levels and service delivery, and to identify regions at risk during disease outbreaks. ACIR data also:

  • enables immunisation providers and parents/guardians to check on the immunisation status of an individual child, regardless of where the child was immunised
  • forms the basis of an optional Immunisation History Statement which informs parents and guardians of their child's recorded immunisation history
  • provides information about a child's immunisation status to help determine eligibility for the Australian Government's Child Care Benefit and Maternity Immunisation Allowance payments
  • provides a measure of coverage at a national, State/Territory and local level
  • provides information for the delivery of incentive payments and feedback reports to eligible immunisation providers.

For a complete schedule of the current recommended vaccinations view the current immunisation schedule

Changes to your ACIR online services

From April 2009, Medicare introduced the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) website. This offers a single entry point for all your online service needs.

ACIR is available from the HPOS logon page using your existing ACIR logon. Click on the For health professionals tab and you will find the HPOS logon located on the top right.

Related sites

Australian Government

State Government

Last updated: 26 September, 2013