Registration and qualifications
Registration for service providers
Queensland Health works with registered vaccine service providers to protect the community against vaccine preventable infectious diseases. Service providers facilitate the administration of vaccines by qualified immunisation professionals in a range of settings, including community health clinics, child health centres, selected local councils, schools and aged care facilities.
If you are a suitably qualified service and would like to discuss registering as a service provider to access vaccines as part of the National Immunisation Program, please contact the Queensland Health Immunisation Program.
To administer vaccines in Queensland you must be a qualified health professional, such as a medical practitioner pharmacist or a nurse with the appropriate qualifications.
Immunisation Program Nurses
Under the provisions of the Medicines and Poisons (Medicines) Regulation 2021, only appropriately authorised immunisation program nurses are able to administer and supply scheduled medicines as specified in the Extended Practice Authority ‘Registered Nurses’(PDF 245 kB) Part D of the EPARN refers to ‘immunisation program services’. This part provides the authority for registered nurses to administer vaccines, subject to certain limitations.
All registered nurses must ensure they have access to their current health management protocol and guidelines established by their employer as well as access to the Immunisation Schedule Queensland , The Australian Immunisation Handbook and the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines ‘Strive for 5’ to meet the requirements for the EPA-RN.
For more information please see the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 Factsheet: Immunisation programs – registered nurses (PDF 219 kB)
Approved courses to gain appropriate Immunisation Program Nurse certification include:
- Australian College of Nursing - Immunisation for Health Practitioners Course Code 306 ONLY (undertaken between 29 June 2018 and 31 October 2020)
- Australian Catholic University
- Cunningham Centre
- University of Southern Queensland
- Benchmarque Group
- Immunisation courses accredited by HESA. A list of HESA approved providers can be accessed on the HESA website
Qualified enrolled nurses can administer vaccinations, but only on a doctor’s oral or written instruction and under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse. Nurses graduating from approved courses from 2008 onwards have completed relevant medicine administration units as part of their curriculum which qualifies them to administer vaccines.
Graduates who have not completed the relevant medicine administration units have a notation on their registration, published on the register of practitioners. The notation states: ‘Does not hold Board-approved qualification in administration of medicines’. Enrolled nurses with this notation are not qualified to administer vaccines.
More information on medicine administration by enrolled nurses is available through the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Although Queensland pharmacists do not have access to National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded vaccines, they administer a wide range of private purchase vaccines. Pharmacists have an important role in the delivery of annual influenza vaccines for Queenslanders not covered by the NIP and in the delivery of nationally funded COVID-19 vaccines.
The Queensland Extended Practice Authority for Pharmacists (PDF, 159KB), under the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019, outlines the scope and conditions of vaccination activities for pharmacists.
Please note that the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program is not an approved Immunisation Program Nurse course and successful completion does not qualify the participant as an authorised immunisation provider.
Further information about this training program is available at COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program.
Tuberculosis Control Units
Prior to performing a Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or administering a bacillin Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination for Tuberculosis (TB), registered nurses must demonstrate that they have completed the specified training. Contact Tuberculosis (TB) Control Units for more information.
Yellow Fever Information
A medical practice can apply to become an approved yellow fever vaccination centre by downloading and completing the Application Form(DOCX 174 kB) and the acceptance of Conditions Applying to an Approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre Form(DOCX 351 kB) These forms should then be sent to the practice’s local Public Health Unit for assessment. The name of the practice, address and telephone number will be included in the list of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres. If required complete the Change of details (practice or practitioner)(DOC 167 kB)
Please read information for New Individual Training Requirements for Yellow Fever Vaccination Providers(PDF 384 kB) from the Australian Government Department of Health. Applications can only be considered if one or more medical practitioner or nurse practitioner (whose scope of practice includes immunisation) has successfully completed the online yellow fever vaccination course.