Staying up to date with vaccinations

The NSW Immunisation Schedule recommends a range of vaccinations to protect your child from serious preventable diseases at:

  • 6 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months, and
  • 4 years

If you’re unsure if your child is up to date with their vaccinations, you can request an immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register. Your child will be on the register if they’re enrolled in Medicare.

You can get vaccinations at:

  • your local doctor
  • Aboriginal Medical Services
  • some local councils and community health centres
  • some pharmacies

If your child is behind on their vaccinations

If your child is not up to date on their vaccinations, talk to your doctor about developing a catch-up schedule so they can be protected as soon as possible.

Family assistance payments

While your child is behind on their vaccinations, the following family assistance payments may be affected:

  • full rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Child Care Subsidy, and
  • Additional Child Care Subsidy

Early childhood education and care

Your child can only be enrolled in an early childhood education and care service if you provide approved documentation that shows they:

  • are up to date with their vaccinations
  • have a medical reason not to be up to date, or
  • are on a recognised catch-up schedule

Approved documentation to prove your child's immunisation includes a current:

  • immunisation history statement that shows your child is up to date or has a medical reason for not being fully up to date, or
  • immunisation history form that shows your child is on a recognised catch-up schedule

Both of these documents are from the Australian Immunisation Register.

If you’re unsure if your child is up to date with their vaccinations, you can request an immunisation history statement.