From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, primary schools are required to:
- request information from parents on the immunisation status of each child prior to enrolment
- take a copy of the sighted document and record information on the immunisation status of each enrolled child.
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, unimmunised children and children whose immunisation status is unknown because a certificate has not been presented may be excluded from attending school until the risk of infection has passed.
The most common type of immunisation status certificate is a Child History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). Parents are sent a statement when their child turns five; however, they can request a statement from ACIR at any time. Enrolment in primary school can provide an effective prompt for parents to check that their child’s immunisations are up to date.
For more information included in the School Policy and Advisory Guide, see: Immunisation
The Department of Health provides a free brochure with immunisation information for parents enrolling a child suitable for inclusion in enrolment packs. For more information or to order brochures online, see: Starting Primary School?
The Department of Health’s Immunisation Section can be contacted on 1300 882 008 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org