Immunisation records collected by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) may be used as proof of immunisation for early education enrolments.
Education providers around the country have their own policies and timeframes for when these records are required, but the good news is you can download your child’s immunisation history statement easily, at any time.
These records can also have an impact on Centrelink payments like the Child Care Subsidy and Family Tax Benefit. Families are expected to ensure their children receive the required immunisations on time.
Nikki Feld, mum of two young children from Melbourne, knows this routine well. Max is four-years-old and at kinder, but began attending their local childcare at 16-months-old. Lily is now 16-months-old and has just started childcare for the first time.
Nikki said despite the requirement to have her children’s records up to date, the decision to immunise her children was an easy one.
“We completely understand why these rules are in place and it makes us feel better that our children are in an environment surrounded by other immunised children,” Nikki said.
“Particularly as Max and Lily started at an age when they hadn’t had all of their immunisations yet.