Goal 6: Fully immunised—children aged 2

This indicator reports on the proportion of Indigenous children aged 2 who are fully immunised. The goal for this indicator is 96% 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 24 to <27 months as at 30 September

What do the data show?

Progress towards the goal is not 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 below the trajectory points required to meet the goal. The gap between the rates and trajectory points narrowed from 7.6 percentage points in 2014 to 2.5 percentage points in 2016.  However, the gap widened to 4 percentage points in 2017 and 5.6 percentage points in 2018 so that on current trajectories the goal would not be met in 2023.

At 31 December 2018:

  • nationally, 88% of Indigenous children aged 2 were fully immunised, compared with 91% of other Australian children
  • vaccine coverage among Indigenous children aged 2 varied by type of vaccine—coverage rates for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) (92%) and for DTP and varicella (91%) were lower than for the other types of vaccines (96% to 97%).