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Early childhood services immunisation requirements

From 1 January 2020 early childhood services are required to keep immunisation records for children.  

Parents and guardians with children enrolled in a government early childhood service (eg preschool, rural care, occasional care, family day care or respite care service) will be asked to provide approved immunisation records for their child.

About approved immunisation records

An approved immunisation record is an immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register. This record provides information about whether your child is up-to-date with their immunisations. In special circumstances, a document or certificate from the Chief Public Health Officer will be required. 

Getting an immunisation history statement

You can get your immunisation history statement using either:

You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register general enquiries line on 1800 653 809 and request a copy of your child’s immunisation history statement to be posted to you.

Overseas immunisation records will not be accepted

Overseas immunisation records will not be accepted as they are not an approved record. Immunisation records from overseas must be entered onto the Australian Immunisation Register by your doctor or immunisation provider.

When to provide approved immunisation records

You will need to provide an approved immunisation record when your child enrols at the service, and an updated immunisation record after your child receives their scheduled immunisation, within specific age ranges.

Records need to be provided at:

  • enrolment (the record must not be downloaded from the Australian Immunisation Register more than 30 days before your child enrols)
  • after your child turns 7 months and before they turn 9 months
  • after your child turns 13 months and before they turn 15 months
  • after your child turns 19 months and before they turn 21 months
  • after your child turns 4 years and 2 months and before they turn 4 years 8 months.

The early childhood service will give you reminder notices to help you provide records at required times.

Why these requirements have been introduced

On 1 July 2019, changes to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (the Act) came into effect. In the event of an outbreak or possible outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease, the chief public health officer may direct that a child with, or at risk of a vaccine preventable disease be excluded from an early childhood service.

The Act requires parents to provide immunisation records. Early childhood services are legally required to ask for and keep copies of your child’s immunisation records.

Early childhood services must be able to provide children’s current immunisation records to the chief public health officer within 24 hours when requested.

This will ensure a rapid response to prevent the spread of a vaccine preventable disease in an early childhood service.

What will happen if there is an outbreak of an infectious illness at the early childhood service?

If there is an outbreak of an infectious illness including a vaccine preventable disease at the service, you will be notified by the early childhood service as soon as possible.

If your child has an infectious illness, or is not immunised against a disease, they may need to be excluded from attending the service until it is safe for them to return. If the service does not have an immunisation record for your child, they will be treated as not up-to-date with their immunisations. The early childhood service will follow the SA Health exclusion period guidelines

Find out more about early childhood immunisation requirements

Visit the SA Health website for more information about early childhood immunisation requirements.

Contact

Preschool Policy and Programs

Phone: 8226 2794
Email: education.ecsupport [at] sa.gov.au
Mail: Level 3, 31 Flinders Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000