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Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015–16

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Immunisation rates for 5 year old children across local areas

This report provides data for more than 300 smaller local areas called Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), which have their boundaries defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Data are also available for around half of the approximately 2,700 Australian postcodes. These postcodes account for around 97% of children on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Data are only presented for areas with 26 or more registered children, to ensure representative and reliable results.

Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s)

In 2015–16, the percentage of 5 year olds fully immunised across local areas (SA3s), ranged from 97.8% in Broken Hill and Far West (NSW) to 84.4% in Richmond Valley–Coastal (NSW). Figure 5 maps the percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised by SA3.

There were 282 local areas (out of 325 reported) where the percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised was greater than or equal to 90%. This is a big improvement from 2011–12 where there were 174 local areas with rates greater than or equal to 90%. The difference in immunisation rates between the highest and lowest areas has also decreased over this five year period (Figure 1).

Percentage of 5 year olds fully immunised No. and percentage of local areas
95% and above 57 (17.5%) of 325 local areas
90% to <95% 225 (69.2%) of 325 local areas
85% to <90% 42 (12.9%) of 325 local areas
<85% 1 (0.3%) of 325 local areas

Total of 325 local areas (SA3s) with 26 or more registered children.

Postcodes

In 2015–16, the percentage of 5 year olds fully immunised across postcodes ranged from 99.5% in postcode 2517 (NSW) to 70.5% in postcode 2000 (NSW) (see Table 1 below).

A total of 1,190 postcodes (of the 1,490 with 26 or more registered children) recorded immunisation rates for 5 year olds greater than or equal to 90%.

Percentage of 5 year olds fully immunised No. and percentage of local areas
95% and above 441 (29.6%) of 1,490 postcodes
90% to <95% 749 (50.3%) of 1,490 postcodes
85% to <90% 224 (15.0%) of 1,490 postcodes
<85% 76 (5.1%) of 1,490 postcodes

Total of 1,490 postcodes with 26 or more registered children.

Table 1: Postcodes with the highest and lowest percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised, 2015–16

Postcode State Suburb/Town % Fully Immunised
Lowest
2000 NSW Sydney, Haymarket, Millers Park, Dawes Point, The Rocks & 3 others 70.5
2134 NSW Burwood, Burwood North 72.8
2481 NSW Byron Bay, Suffolk Park, Myocum, Ewingsdale, Skinners Shoot & 4 others 73.2
Highest
2517 NSW Woonona, Russell Vale, Woonona East 99.5
6725 WA Broome, Djugun, Roebuck, Dampier Peninsula, Lagrange & 5 others 99.2
3351 Vic Smythes Creek, Haddon, Ross Creek, Smythesdale, Scarsdale & 22 others 99.1
3691 Vic Baranduda, Leneva, Bandiana, Bethanga, Staghorn Flat & 29 others 99.1
4390 Qld Goondiwindi, Lundavra, Billa Billa, Calingunee, Callandoon & 5 others 99.1

Note: Excludes postcode areas with ≤100 registered children.

Figure 5: Percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised by local area (SA3), 2015–16

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised by local area (SA3), 2015-16.

The following image is a map of the states and territories of Australia showing the percentage of 5 year old children fully immunised by local area (SA3), 2015-16.

# Interpret with caution: This area’s eligible population is between 26 and 100 registered children.

NP Not available for publication

Source Australian Institute of Health and Welfare analysis of Department of Human Services, Australian Immunisation Register statistics, for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, assessed as at 30 June 2016. Data supplied 2 March 2017.

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