Australia’s active vaccine safety system

Led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, AusVaxSafety is a world-leading national vaccine safety system. 

AusVaxSafety was established in 2014 to monitor adverse events following immunisation with influenza vaccines in children. AusVaxSafety has now grown into a multi-component system, including:

  1. Active surveillance 
  2. Clinical assessment network 
  3. Hospital surveillance 
  4. Safety investigation using linked data 

AusVaxSafety is a collaboration between immunisation providers, private enterprise, research institutions, state and territory governments and the Australian Government Department of Health, which has significantly improved Australia’s ability to monitor, detect and respond to vaccine safety events.