Australian Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule

The current National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule outlines the recommended vaccines by age group which are funded by the Immunise Australia Program. States and territories may choose whatever combination of vaccines from those listed on the National Health Act (1953) Determination 2011 (Immunisation Program – Designated Vaccines) as best suits the needs of geographic and demographic conditions.

If you have any further questions about the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule, please talk to your doctor or immunisation provider.

PDF printable version of the National Immunisation Program Schedule

NATIONAL IMMUNISATION PROGRAM SCHEDULE
As at May 2012

Child programs

Birth

    • Hepatitis B (hepB)a

2 months

    • Hepatitis B (hepB)
    • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (acellular pertussis) (DTPa)
    • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    • Polio (inactivated poliomyelitis IPV)
    • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
    • Rotavirus

4 months

    • Hepatitis B (hepB)
    • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (acellular pertussis (DTPa)
    • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    • Polio (inactivated poliomyelitis IPV)
    • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
    • Rotavirus

6 months

    • Hepatitis B (hepB)
    • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (acellular pertussis (DTPa)
    • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    • Polio (inactivated poliomyelitis) (IPV)
    • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)
    • Rotavirus b

12 months

    • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
    • Meningococcal C (MenCCV)

18 months

    • Chickenpox (varicella) (VZV)

4 years

    • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (acellular pertussis) (DTPa)
    • Polio (inactivated poliomyelitis) (IPV)
    • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

School programs

10-13 years

    • Hepatitis B (hep B)c
    • Chickenpox (varicella) (VZV)d

12-13 years

    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)e

10-17 years

    • Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (acellular pertussis) (dTPa)

Immunisation for special groups

6 months and over – at risk individuals

    • Influenza (people with medical conditions placing them at risk of serious complications of influenza)

12 months – at risk individuals

    • Pneumococcal conjugate (13vPCV)fg
    • Hepatitis B (hepB)h

12-24 months

    • Hepatitis A (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high risk areas)i
    • Pneumococcal (23vPPV) (18 – 24 months) or Pneumococcal (13vPCV) (12 – 18 months from 1 October 2012) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high risk areas)j
    • Hepatitis A (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in high risk areas)

4 years – at risk individuals

    • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV)f

15 years and over

    • Influenza (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
aHepatitis 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.
bThird dose of vaccine is dependent on vaccine brand used. Contact your state or territory health department for details.
cContact your state or territory health department for details.
dThese vaccines are for one cohort only within this age range, and should only be given if there is no prior history of disease or vaccination. Dose schedules may vary between jurisdictions.
eThis vaccine is for one cohort only within this age range. Contact your state or territory health department for details.
fMedical 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.
gPneumococcal vaccination at 12 months for: children with medical conditions placing them at risk of serious complications; and all infants born at less than 28 weeks gestation.
hHepatitis B vaccination at 12 months of age is for children born less than 32 weeks gestation or weigh less than 2000 grams at birth.
iTwo doses of hepatitis A vaccine are required for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in areas of high risk (Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia). Contact your state or territory health department for details.

Source: Australian Government