Goal 5: Fully immunised—children aged 1

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

Why is it important?

Immunisation is highly effective in reducing morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine-preventable diseases and for reducing disease disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

What data are available?

Data for this indicator were sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).  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. Time trend data are available for New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory combined. In these jurisdictions, the coverage rates at 31 December in each of the 5 years from 2014 to 2018 were above the trajectory points required to meet the goal. Furthermore, the rates from 2016  to 2018 (92%) were above the goal for 2023 (88%). Thus, if this level of coverage is maintained, the goal will be met.

At 31 December 2018:

  • nationally, 92% 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 98% in Tasmania.