Privacy, Access and Legislation

The information recorded in Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) and the Human Papillomavirus Register (HPV Register) is securely stored and protected from unauthorised access. Only information that is necessary for the administration of the registers will be stored as part of an individual’s vaccination record.

Page last updated: 30 June 2016

Privacy and accessing the registers

Access to the registers is provided only to a limited range of parties including:

  • Parents and guardians of children under 14 years old can access their children’s records
  • Individuals 14 years and over can access their records
  • Recognised vaccination providers, such as general practitioners and community clinics, can access patient records
  • Prescribed bodies (i.e. state and territory health departments and Primary Health Networks) to enable them to provide vaccination programs
  • An employee of the Commonwealth, or a person engaged by the Commonwealth, for the purposes of administering the register
  • Commonwealth agencies for assessment of eligibility for family assistance payments
  • Third parties may be provided de-identified aggregated data for research purposes (subject to appropriate Commonwealth approvals)

Consent

Individuals can request not to receive information and/or not to have their information disclosed from the registers. To advise the registers contact:

ACIR

  • 1800 653 809

HPV Register

  • 1800 478 734 or write to The Medical Director, NHVPR, PO Box 310 East Melbourne Victoria 8002. For further information see the HPV Register Privacy Statement

Legislation

Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015

The Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (Act) was passed to provide the legislative framework for establishing and maintaining the Australian immunisation registers. The Act provides legal authority for the registers to be expanded and lays the foundations for future work to move towards an integrated system that captures and reports on all vaccines given to Australians throughout their life. The Act also details the type of information that can be collected, who can access the information, how information can be used and the requirement by those who access the information to abide by privacy and legislative rules.