- Immunisation is free.
- You can choose the venue and session time.
- You don't need to book.
- Bring along your child's Health Record Book and Medicare card.
We provide free child immunisation for the following diseases on the National Immunisation Program Schedule. There is no charge for non-medicare card holders under the age of 20.
What happens at the session
You don't need to make a booking, just find a session that suits you and come along.
We'll guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have. On average, the session takes about half an hour.
You'll also be asked to stay 15 minutes after your child is vaccinated for observation. In rare cases, side effects such as irritability, low-grade fever and some pain and swelling around the injection site may occur soon after vaccination and last 1 to 2 days. Generally no treatment is needed. Very rarely a side effect requiring medical attention might occur, usually within 15 minutes.
We register your child's immunisation details with the Australian Immunisation Register. This means that your child's immunisation details are kept up-to-date and accessible.
My Health Record is also a convenient way for you to stay on top of your child's immunisation. It's a secure online summary of your child's health information, which you can choose to share with your healthcare providers.
No Jab, No Play
The Victorian Government's 'No Jab, No Play' legislation came into effect in January 2016. This legislation aims to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases through increased immunisation rates in the community.
All parents and guardians wanting to enrol their child in an early childhood service in Victoria (including kindergarten) must provide evidence that your child is either:
- up-to-date with immunisations for their age; or
- on an immunisation catch-up schedule; or
- has a medical condition preventing them from being fully vaccinated.
Conscientious objection is not an exemption under the law.
Only parents of children who are fully immunised or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
See our Missing records, overseas immunisations and catch-up schedules page for more information.