Goal 5: Fully immunised—children aged 1

This indicator reports on the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 1 who are fully immunised. The goal for this indicator is 88% by 2023.

Why is it important?

Immunisation is important in protecting children from harmful infectious diseases. The National Immunisation Program Schedule sets out which vaccines should be provided at which ages, including for children aged 1.

What data are available?

Data for this indicator were sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register. The reported data for this indicator are for children aged 12 to <15 months as at 30 September.

What do the data show?

Progress towards the goal is on track. Data from 5 jurisdictions—New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory—were used to inform goal setting due to data availability when the goals were set.

In these jurisdictions combined, as at 31 December in each year:

  • The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 1 who were fully immunised increased over time from 82% in 2001 to 93% in 2019.
  • The coverage rates in each of the 6 years from 2014 to 2019 were above the trajectory points required to meet the goal.
  • Furthermore, the rates from 2015 to 2019 (90%–93%) were above the goal for 2023 (88%). Thus, if this level of coverage is maintained, the goal will be met.

National data are available from 2003. Nationally, as at 31 December 2019:

  • 93% of Indigenous children aged 1 were fully immunised, compared with 94% of other Australian children.
  • Coverage rates for Indigenous children ranged from 88% in Western Australia to 94% in New South Wales and Tasmania.

Figure 5.1: Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 1 who are fully immunised

This figure shows the baseline data, from 2001 to 2013, the trajectory towards the goal, from 2014 to 2023. New data from 2014 to 2019 for the proportion of Indigenous children aged 1 who were fully immunised, based on 5 jurisdictions. New data has consistently exceeded the trajectory to the goal. Most recent data from 2019 show that 92.6% of Indigenous children aged 1 were fully immunised, above the 2023 target of 88.0%.

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Figure 5.2: Proportion of children aged 1 who are immunised, by state/territory, vaccine type and Indigenous status, as at 31 December 2019

This figure shows that across Australia, the proportion of children aged 1 who are immunised was similar across Indigenous and other children. Immunisation was highest for pneumococcal (96.8% of Indigenous children aged 1 and 96.1% of other children aged 1), and lowest for HIB (92.8% of Indigenous children aged 1 and 94.9% of other children aged 1).

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Figure 5.3: Proportion of children aged 1 who are immunised, by vaccine type, state/territory and Indigenous status, as at 31 December 2019

This figure shows that across the jurisdictions of Australia, the proportion of children aged 1 who were fully immunised was in the Australian Capital Territory (98.4% of Indigenous children and 95.5% of other children). The lowest was in Western Australia (88.4% of Indigenous children aged 1 and 94.1% of other children aged 1).

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