Approved organisations for delivering specified immunisation programs

The Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulation 2011, sub-regulation 18(3) provides authorisation for a registered health practitioner determined by the Minister, to administer vaccine without a medical order. The authorisation is conditional to the administration being in accordance with the Vaccine Administration Code (PDF 413KB).

To meet the requirements of the legislation, a vaccine must be administered by:

  • a class of health practitioner approved by the Minister,
  • the health practitioner must have successfully completed an approved immunisation training program,
  • the vaccine is administered by a health practitioner working for an organisation that is approved by the Minister, and
  • the vaccine is administered as part of a specified immunisation program.

Specified immunisation programs

Specified immunisation programs are defined as:

  • the National Immunisation Program, including the current South Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP) and Annual Influenza Program schedules,
  • State funded immunisation programs:
    • Meningococcal B Immunisation Program
    • High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program.
  • Other specified immunisation programs, include:
    • occupational health programs, as listed in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook,
    • Seasonal Influenza Program, or
    • Pharmacy Vaccination Service (including Pharmacy Influenza Vaccination Program)
    • COVID-19 Vaccination Program (including COVID-19 Vaccination in Community Pharmacy (CVCP) Program)
    • Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) Vaccination Program.

Vaccine administration for the specified immunisation programs must be in accordance with the current recommendations as published in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Vaccines cannot be administered for the purposes of travel and the management of a tetanus prone wound.

Vaccines cannot be administered under the Code if they are not administered as part of a specified program.

Under the JEV Vaccination Program, IMOJEV®; JESPECT®; and IXIARO® can be provided under the VAC until 31 March 2023. For further information please contact the Immunisation Section.

Recognised organisations

Recognised health facilities are organisations that do not need to seek approval from the Minister for Health and Wellbeing (the Minister). These organisations include incorporated hospitals, SA Ambulance Service, councils and council subsidiaries.

Organisations wanting to administer vaccines as part of a specified immunisation program without medical orders require approval from the Minister.

How to apply to become an approved organisation

Organisations employing authorised registered health practitioners to deliver immunisation programs without a medical order require approval from the Minister. The minimum requirements must be in place to support the delivery of safe, high-quality immunisation services by authorised registered health practitioners, including independent accreditation to an appropriate quality standard recognised by SA Health. Recognised quality standards include:

Organisations that cannot demonstrate accreditation to an appropriate quality standard recognised by SA Health are unable to apply, and organisations currently approved under the Code that cannot demonstrate accreditation to an appropriate quality standard recognised by SA Health will no longer be able to operate under the auspice of the Code. For enquiries on current contracts, please contact the organisation’s contractor.

The Organisations delivering immunisation programs: Information guide (PDF 383KB) outlines the requirements to become, or continue as, an approved organisation. The information guide should be read in conjunction with the completion of the Application for approval as an organisation delivering immunisation programs (PDF 1MB) (the application form must be downloaded and saved to your computer to enable full functionality).

Organisations are required to notify the Communicable Disease Control Branch of any change of organisational details:

In addition, organisations seeking approval will need to apply to register with the Australian Immunisation Register. See Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) - application to register as a vaccination provider form (IM004). This form needs to be emailed to Health.CDCBOrganisationApprovals@sa.gov.au for endorsement by the Immunisation Section, Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia.

Approved pharmacies

See the list of SA Health approved pharmacies (PDF 412KB) to deliver immunisation services in South Australia.