The Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) short course is based on the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (2017) and has been accredited by the National body for  health  education Health Education Services Australia (HESA).

This course offers an optional clinical placement (organised by the student).  Please note that due to the pandemic it is very difficult to secure a placement for immunisation.  Students who wish to complete placement should check availability before applying for the course.

The theoretical knowledge gained in this online eLearning course prepares registered nurses to administer vaccines autonomously subject to local legislation. While this course is nationally recognised nurses working in states other than Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales should check with their local State/Territory Immunisation department to see if they allow mutual recognition.

A list of state and territory contact details can be found here.

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Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the program are consistent with the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals.

  1. Evaluate the impact immunisation programs have on public health including knowledge of strategies and resources to increase immunisation coverage rates in Australia.
  2. Explain the role of the National Immunisation Program and the National Immunisation program schedule in funding and vaccine service delivery.
  3. Describe the vaccine preventable diseases, the immune system, the vaccine components and how vaccines work and apply this knowledge to selecting vaccines for administration.
  4. Apply knowledge of the various vaccines on the National Immunisation Program, understand the risks and benefits of vaccination and utilise relevant information resources to gain informed consent from parents and adults who present for vaccination.
  5. Discuss legal and ethical considerations for immunisation practice.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the cold chain national guidelines, the management and reporting of adverse events and the principles of accurate documentation and reporting requirements that are essential for the delivery of a safe immunisation service.


We are pleased to offer five scholarship places a year to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Scholarships reduce the course fees to $425. Placement if required is an extra ($130).

Please contact Tracy via the Mobile Learning Unit for application details via mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au.

Eligibility criterion: AHPRA Registered Nurse with at least one year of full time equivalent clinical practice who Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Course Units

  • Tutorial 1: Immunisation and the community
  • Tutorial 2: The Anatomy of Immunisations
  • Tutorial 3: Vaccination Procedures
  • Tutorial 4: Immunisation Emergencies and Reporting of Adverse Events
  • Tutorial 5: Special Immunisation Requirements
  • Tutorial 6: Catch Up
  • Tutorial 7: Vaccination Storage Guidelines
  • Tutorial 8: Immunisation Clinics and You

Practical Component (optional)

  • Complete 4 immunisations on children under two years of age
  • Complete six other immunisations
  • Competency assessment completed by a nurse immuniser or medical practitioner.

Recommended Reading

Current Australian Immunisation Handbook (online edition)


The course provides for ongoing assessment throughout the units with clinical case studies, short answer and multiple-choice questions.

The final assessment requires submission of the course interactivities included in the course tutorials (pass/fail), 8 units of self-assessment (end of topic tests), 10 case studies and an exam (80% pass mark).

A certificate is provided upon satisfactory completing of the course.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires 100-150 hours of eLearning and up to 10 hours of clinical practice (optional). Placement to be arranged by the student with a local immuniser. There is an administration charge of $130 for placements.

This course is delivered online and students can study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser.


This activity has been endorsed by the national body for health education Health Education Services Australia (HESA).


"I highly recommend this course, the content was easy to follow, activities were engaging and appropriate. The facilitator Tracy was fantastic - very encouraging, knowledgeable and always so prompt in response to any questions. Supportive and prompt administrator staff. Student online communication platform (Facebook) a great resource to connect and bounce off questions and ideas. Thoroughly enjoyed this course"

Course Coordinator

  • Tracy Murphy, RN. RM. MANP, Nurse Immuniser

Course Entry Requirements

  • Currently registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse in (Division 1) with General Registration.
  • 1 year of full time or equivalent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in Division 1.

See FAQ section for further information.

Practical Entry Requirements

  • All placements must be completed within 6 months of theory completion.
  • Nurses who wish to complete a clinical placement should contact local providers to check availability.
  • Applicants may complete a placement in their current workplace or alternatively  seek placement with a local council or other immunisation provider.
  • Further details on placement are provided in the subject study guide.  Students can organise placement details and complete placement compliance during the 12-week study period.
  • Submission of a signed logbook following placement is required for the placement certificate.

Application Procedure

Click on the ‘Enrol now’ button to be guided to the application form. The estimated timeframe for an application enrolment process will be made available shortly.

Course Fees

Theory only - $825 (incl. GST)

The theory component should be completed 12 weeks from the date you have access to the course material. On successful completion of the theory students have six months in which to complete the clinical placements, however, in special circumstances course extensions can be provided.

Placement administration fee $130 (incl. GST)

PLEASE NOTE: that due to the pandemic and the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19 all placements outside of your own workplace require a risk assessment prior to approval.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements for infection and immunisation if I complete a placement?

A: The requirements for infection and immunisation are detailed here: https://mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-students/placements/students/requirements/infection

Q: How many vaccinations do I need to do during my placement?

A: Students who elect to take a placement must complete ten immunisations, and four of these must be on children under two.

Q: Do you have any information for preceptors?

A: New preceptors who satisfy the registration criteria can be added to the list by downloading and completing the registration form here.  We send information about the course to preceptors when they register.

Q: Can I start and complete the course anytime?

A: Yes, we need a copy of your AHPRA registration and evidence of one year of clinical practice.  Once these are validated you will be given access to the course materials.

Q: Will completing the theory only option allow me to practice as an independent nurse immuniser?

A: Yes, the theory course will allow you to practice as an independent nurse immuniser in Victoria.  Please check individual state health departments for mutual recognition in other states.

Q: When organising a placement for the Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) course, do I receive help from the University?

A: It is the responsibility of the student to secure their own placement. The most likely place for you to complete your placement is at your own workplace, local council or a local GP practice if they have an immunisation clinic.

Q: What if I completed my nurse experience overseas?

A: You will need to show evidence of your experience as a Division one nurse during your time overseas and your experience in Australia before a decision could be made. You will need to provide a hospital payslip from Australia that shows the grade you are paid at. In general, anything at or above RN Grade 2 Year 2 would indicate you had one year of full-time experience. Otherwise, a letter from your previous employer in English stating your hours of experience as a Registered Nurse will suffice. A decision will be made by the Course Director (Tracy Murphy), please send attachments to mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

Q: Am I required to have found a placement when I apply for the course?

A: No, but due to restricted placement opportunities we recommend you do this for the remainder of 2021.

Q: Does the university help with sourcing placements?

A: The university maintains a small preceptor list, which you can access here. Unfortunately, the opportunity for placement is extremely limited at this time,

Q: When can I start the placement?

A: You must complete and pass the theory before you can commence your placement. The theory takes approximately 100- 150 hours to complete. If you start the theory component in February, it should take 12 weeks to complete so you would be looking at doing the placement in May/June.  On completion of the theory, you will be sent a link to the placement portal where you can upload your documentation.

Q: I am an enrolled nurse, can I become a nurse immuniser?

A: The Drugs and Poisons legislation in Victoria restricts the administration of vaccines (without the order of a medical practitioner) to Division 1 nurses who have completed a Nurse Immuniser program of study. Enrolled nurses cannot legally give vaccines on their own authority. An enrolled nurse with a medication endorsement can give a vaccine as prescribed by a doctor.

Q: Do you allow direct entry midwives and Aboriginal Health Workers to complete the course?

A:This course is only accredited for Registered nurses in Division 1.

Q:  I have recently qualified and do not have twelve months experience, can I enrol in the course.

A:No, the course is accredited for nurses who have at least one year of clinical experience.

Q: What are the compliance requirements for placements outside of the workplace?

Contact Us

E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information


Theory only: AUD $825 (incl. GST)

Placement administration fee: AUD $130 (incl. GST)

Total time required: 100-150 hours