National Immunisation Program Schedule

Information about the recommended and fully funded vaccine plan by age group under the National Immunisation Program.

Page last updated: 20 April 2015

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Child programs
Age Vaccine
Birth Hepatitis B (hepB)a
2 months
  • Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
  • Rotavirus
4 months
  • Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
  • Rotavirus
6 months
  • Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (hepB-DTPa-Hib-IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
  • Rotavirus b
12 months
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b and meningococcal C (Hib-MenC)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
18 months Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) (MMRV)
4 years
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) and inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) (DTPa-IPV)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) (to be given only if MMRV vaccine was not given at 18 months)
School programs
Age Vaccine
10–15 years (contact your State or Territory Health Department for details)
  • Hepatitis B (hepB) c
  • Varicella (chickenpox) c
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) d
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) (dTpa)
At-risk groups
Age Vaccine
Birth Hepatitis B (hepB) a
6 months and over Influenza (flu) (people with medical conditions placing them at risk of serious complications of influenza)
12 months Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)(medically at risk)
12–18 months Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high risk areas)e
12–24 months Hepatitis A (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high risk areas) f
4 years Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV)e(medically at risk)
15 years and over
  • Influenza (flu) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people medically at risk)
50 years and over Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
Pregnant women Influenza (flu)
65 years and over
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV)

Footnotes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule

  1. Hepatitis B vaccine: should be given to all infants as soon as practicable after birth. The greatest benefit is if given within 24 hours, and must be given within 7 days
  2. Rotavirus vaccine: third dose of vaccine is dependent on vaccine brand used. Contact your State or Territory Health Department for details.
  3. Hepatitis B and Varicella vaccine: contact your State or Territory Health Department for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.
  4. HPV vaccine: is for all adolescents aged between 12 and 13 years. A catch-up program for males aged between 14 and 15 years is available until December 2014. Contact your State or Territory Health Department for details on the school grade eligible for vaccination.
  5. Pneumococcal vaccine:
    1. Medically at risk children require: a fourth dose of 13vPCV at 12 months of age; and a booster dose of 23vPPV at 4 years of age.
    2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children require: a fourth dose of pneumococcal vaccine (13vPCV) at 12-18 months of age for children living in high risk areas (Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia). Contact your State or Territory Health Department for details.
  6. Hepatitis A vaccine: two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in high risk areas (Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia). Contact your State or Territory Health Department for details.

Further information

Further information and immunisation resources are available from the Immunise Australia Program website or by contacting the infoline on 1800 671 811.

You should contact your State or Territory Health Department for further information on the program specific to your State or Territory:

State/Territory Contact Number
Australian Capital Territory (02) 6205 2300
New South Wales 1300 066 055
Northern Territory (08) 8922 8044
Queensland 13 HEALTH (13 4325 84)
South Australia 1300 232 272
Tasmania 1800 671 738
Victoria 1300 882 008
Western Australia (08) 9321 1312