Approved immunisation training programs
The Vaccine Administration Code (the Code) applies to the administration of a vaccine by a class of registered health practitioner determined by the Minister of Health. Registered nurses, midwives and pharmacists are a class of registered health practitioner determined by the Minister for the purposes of, The Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulation 2011, sub regulation 18(3) subject to the conditions specified Appendix 1 to the Code.
The registered health practitioner must have successfully completed an approved training program to administer a vaccine as part of a specified immunisation program and delivered by an approved organisation.
Specified Immunisation Programs
- the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
- the New Arrival Refugee Immunisation Program (NARI)
- occupational health program
- the Seasonal Influenza Program
- the recommendations for specific vaccines or the recommendations for special risk groups as stipulated in the Australian Immunisation Handbook (excluding travel vaccines and the management of a tetanus prone wound).
Approved training programs in South Australia
Registered nurses to administer vaccines listed in Appendix 2 to the Code
Any immunisation educational program that has been approved, including those from other State or Territory Health Departments for authorisation of registered health practitioners, is recognised as an approved training program by SA Health for registered nurse immunisers.
|Education provider||Program title|
|SA Health||A Short Course on Immunology and Immunisation for Nurses (no longer available)|
|SA Health||Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program|
|NT Health||About Giving Vaccines (no longer available)|
|WA Health||Immunisation Certification Program: Excellence in Immunisation, Theory and Clinical Competency (no longer available)|
|La Trobe University, Melbourne||Nurse Immuniser Program|
|Yangulla Centre Rural Health Training Unit, Queensland||Advanced Nursing Practice: Immunisation Course|
|University of Southern Queensland||Immunisation Nursing|
|Australian Catholic University, Queensland||Program for Nurse Immunisers|
|The Australian College of Nursing||Immunisation Course for Registered Nurses|
|Central Queensland Health Service District Education & Research Unit||Advanced Nursing Practice: Immunisation Course|
|Queensland Health, Education and Training Cunningham Centre||Immunisation Program – Registered Nurse Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996|
|University of Tasmania||Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses|
|The University of Melbourne,
General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre
|Immunisation and Travel Health|
Health practitioners to administer vaccines listed in Appendix 2 to the Code subject to the conditions specified in column 2 and 3 of Appendix 1 to the Code.
|Class of health professional||Program title||Education provider|
Understanding Vaccines and Adult Vaccination Requirements for Workplace Programs
|Midwives||Understanding Vaccines for Midwives – Vaccination during pregnancy and early childhood||
|Pharmacists||Manage the delivery and administration of injections and immunisations
- Understanding Vaccines and Adult Vaccination Requirements for Workplace Programs
- Understanding Influenza and the Influenza Vaccination Program (no longer available)
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Vaccination services delivered by pharmacists
- Understanding Influenza and the Influenza Vaccination Program
(no longer available)
|Pharmacy Guild of Australia|
How to become an approved training program
Education providers seeking approval of an immunisation education program for health professionals are required to submit an application and provide program information.
The information provided will be reviewed against a set of criteria based on national and international guidelines for immunisation education, and standards and benchmarks set by other recognised training programs.
See the relevant information guide below for copies of the required forms:
- registered nurse immunisers information guide (PDF 479KB)
- health practitioners administering adult vaccination services information guide (PDF 499KB)