The federal government has announced it will withhold childcare benefits for parents who do not vaccinate their children. What areas of Australia have the lowest child immunisation rates?

By Kenneth Macleod
Tuesday, 14th April 2015

In some areas of Australia the rate of five-year-olds who were fully immunised in 2012-13 was lower than 90 per cent.

On April 12 the federal government announced a plan to cut childcare payments to people who conscientiously object to vaccinating children in their care.

This map shows the per cent of children aged five years who were fully immunised 2012-2013. It's a choropleth map - areas are shaded in proportion to the measurement.

The areas shown are the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Statistical Area Level 3 geography standard (SA3) - a standardised regional breakup of Australia for the analysis of ABS data. The SA3 areas have populations between 30,000 and 130,000 and they are often the functional areas of regional cities and large urban transport and service hubs.

Australia | Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane | Adelaide | Perth | Hobart | Darwin | Canberra

Percent of children aged 5 years who were fully immunised 2012-2013

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The below chart expands on the above map, and also shows immunisation rates for ages 1, 2 and 5 years of age

SA3 Area Name
1yr
2yrs
5yrs
Fully immunised
Not fully immunised

The below charts are static, and list the areas with the highest and lowest levels of immunisation for 1,2 and 5 year olds.

SA3 Area Name
1yr
2yrs
5yrs
Fully immunised
Not fully immunised
SOURCE: National Health Performance Authority