HealthStats NSW

Immunisation in children

Sydney, 2016
92.3Sydney, 2015
92.4Sydney, 2014
89.9Sydney, 2013
89.7Sydney, 2012
91.5Sydney, 2011
91Sydney, 2010
90.7Sydney, 2009
92.1Sydney, 2008
90.8South Western Sydney, 2016
92.9South Western Sydney, 2015
91.9South Western Sydney, 2014
89.5South Western Sydney, 2013
89.4South Western Sydney, 2012
90.6South Western Sydney, 2011
91.2South Western Sydney, 2010
91.5South Western Sydney, 2009
92South Western Sydney, 2008
92.2South Eastern Sydney, 2016
92.9South Eastern Sydney, 2015
92South Eastern Sydney, 2014
89.9South Eastern Sydney, 2013
89.3South Eastern Sydney, 2012
90.9South Eastern Sydney, 2011
90.7South Eastern Sydney, 2010
91South Eastern Sydney, 2009
91.2South Eastern Sydney, 2008
90.6Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2016
95.3Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2015
94Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2014
92.6Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2013
90.7Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2012
92Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2011
91.7Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2010
92.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2009
93.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2008
91.9Western Sydney, 2016
92.1Western Sydney, 2015
90.4Western Sydney, 2014
88.1Western Sydney, 2013
89.5Western Sydney, 2012
91.1Western Sydney, 2011
91.2Western Sydney, 2010
91.5Western Sydney, 2009
92Western Sydney, 2008
91.6Nepean Blue Mountains, 2016
94.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2015
92.8Nepean Blue Mountains, 2014
89.9Nepean Blue Mountains, 2013
91.3Nepean Blue Mountains, 2012
91.6Nepean Blue Mountains, 2011
91.8Nepean Blue Mountains, 2010
92Nepean Blue Mountains, 2009
91.4Nepean Blue Mountains, 2008
91.5Northern Sydney, 2016
92.6Northern Sydney, 2015
92.1Northern Sydney, 2014
90Northern Sydney, 2013
89.6Northern Sydney, 2012
91.5Northern Sydney, 2011
90.6Northern Sydney, 2010
91.7Northern Sydney, 2009
92.8Northern Sydney, 2008
91.2Central Coast, 2016
95.3Central Coast, 2015
94.3Central Coast, 2014
92.9Central Coast, 2013
92.7Central Coast, 2012
92.6Central Coast, 2011
91.4Central Coast, 2010
92.1Central Coast, 2009
92.4Central Coast, 2008
91.9Hunter New England, 2016
95.4Hunter New England, 2015
93.6Hunter New England, 2014
92.1Hunter New England, 2013
92.2Hunter New England, 2012
93.4Hunter New England, 2011
92.7Hunter New England, 2010
92.8Hunter New England, 2009
93.5Hunter New England, 2008
92.8Northern NSW, 2016
88Northern NSW, 2015
88.2Northern NSW, 2014
85.5Northern NSW, 2013
84.2Northern NSW, 2012
86.3Northern NSW, 2011
85.7Northern NSW, 2010
85.5Northern NSW, 2009
86.8Northern NSW, 2008
85Mid North Coast, 2016
92.2Mid North Coast, 2015
90Mid North Coast, 2014
89Mid North Coast, 2013
86.8Mid North Coast, 2012
89.3Mid North Coast, 2011
88.1Mid North Coast, 2010
88.1Mid North Coast, 2009
89.3Mid North Coast, 2008
88.5Southern NSW, 2016
94.6Southern NSW, 2015
92.4Southern NSW, 2014
90.7Southern NSW, 2013
91Southern NSW, 2012
92Southern NSW, 2011
91.2Southern NSW, 2010
92.7Southern NSW, 2009
92.5Southern NSW, 2008
91.9Murrumbidgee, 2016
95.4Murrumbidgee, 2015
94.6Murrumbidgee, 2014
92.6Murrumbidgee, 2013
91.6Murrumbidgee, 2012
93.6Murrumbidgee, 2011
93.8Murrumbidgee, 2010
93.6Murrumbidgee, 2009
94.2Murrumbidgee, 2008
93.4Western NSW, 2016
95Western NSW, 2015
93Western NSW, 2014
91.5Western NSW, 2013
91Western NSW, 2012
91.6Western NSW, 2011
92.2Western NSW, 2010
92Western NSW, 2009
93.1Western NSW, 2008
92.2Far West, 2016
95.9Far West, 2015
96.5Far West, 2014
88.6Far West, 2013
89.8Far West, 2012
88.3Far West, 2011
87.8Far West, 2010
92.7Far West, 2009
92.1Far West, 2008
92All LHDs, 2016
93.3All LHDs, 2015
92.2All LHDs, 2014
90.1All LHDs, 2013
90All LHDs, 2012
91.4All LHDs, 2011
91.2All LHDs, 2010
91.5All LHDs, 2009
92.1All LHDs, 2008
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    Based on data from the Australian Immunisation Register. Health Protection NSW. Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    Due to under-reporting of vaccination, true figures may be higher than shown. For the purpose of immunisation a child aged 12 months to less than 15 months is regarded as 1 year old,  aged 24 to less than 27 months is regarded as 2 years old and aged 60 to less than 63 months is regarded as 5 years old. Vaccinations required for the status of fully immunised are age dependent. See Methods tab for more information.

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    • Key points: Immunisation in children


      • Immunisation rates in NSW are high and are consistent with the national average.

      Latest available data for children in NSW

      • The immunisation rate in children aged 1 year was 93.9% in NSW in 2017.

      • The immunisation rate in children aged 2 years was 89.8% in NSW in 2017.

      • The immunisation rate in children aged 5 years was 93.9% in NSW in 2017.

      • Immunisation rates improved by 7% in children aged 5 years in NSW between 2008 and 2017.

      • The immunisation rates in Aboriginal children at all ages were higher than the rates in non-Aboriginal children in NSW in 2017. 

    • Introduction: Immunisation in children

      Routine immunisation of infants in Australia began in the 1950s and the first nationally funded program for diphtheria, tetanus and polio started in 1975. Since this time the National Immunisation Program has grown to be a major public health program co-funded by the Australian government and state/territory governments.

      The current National Immunisation Program Schedule covers diseases including: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox) and meningococcal C.

    • Interventions: Immunisation in children

      NSW children are provided universal access to free vaccines included in the National Immunisation Program Schedule. In NSW, approximately 90% of vaccinations are given in a general practice setting, with the remaining 10% given by community health centres, local councils, public hospitals and Aboriginal medical services. NSW Health has employed Aboriginal immunisation health workers in all Local Health Districts since 2011/12 to follow up Aboriginal children who are due or overdue for their immunisations.

      The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), a State/Territory and Commonwealth cost-share program managed by the Australian Government Department of Human Services, was established in 1996. It was extended in 2016 to record information on the immunisation status of all Australians registered with Medicare.  

      The AIR collects immunisation information from service providers, enables providers and parents/guardians to check on the immunisation status of an individual, and provides information to help determine eligibility for child care benefits and family assistance payments.

      Governments and health professionals use the AIR to monitor immunisation coverage levels and service delivery. The AIR supplies NSW Health with quarterly coverage data by local government area. These data form the basis for the information presented in this report.

    • For more information: Immunisation in children

      NSW Health. Immunisation Programs. Web page available at

      Australian Government. Department of Health. Vaccination data hub. Web page available at 

      Australian Government. Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Web page available at

Last Updated At: Monday, 23 April 2018