Commonwealth-funded places

Commonwealth-funded places are now available for Registered Nurses (RNs) with one year of clinical experience to complete the (Nurse Immuniser) short course free of charge (conditions apply).

Places are limited and will be allocated in order of application providing applicants meet the eligibility criteria and provide all requested documentation.

See the FAQ section for further information on commonwealth supported placements.

Applications are taking 5 business days to process.

You will need the following to apply a letter from your employer stating that you have completed at least one year of clinical practice as a Division 1 registered nurse, an HR record or a payslip showing your current grade.  It must be clear that you are currently employed on these documents or your application will be rejected.                                

Places available as at COB  23 Sept. 2021

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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).

The theoretical knowledge gained in this online eLearning course prepares registered nurses to administer vaccines autonomously subject to local legislation.  This course is recognised in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania (must complete placement) and Western Australia.  Nurses are advised to check the state or territory regulation and guidelines for nurse immunisers with their local State/Territory Immunisation department before commencing practice.

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

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.


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

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.

Practical Component (optional)

Placement is optional and is to be arranged by the student with a local immuniser.  Time for placement is 10 hours approximately.

  • Complete 4 immunisations on children under two years of age (5 for Tasmaina)
  • Complete six other immunisations
  • Competency assessment completed by a nurse immuniser or medical practitioner.

There is an administration charge of $130 for placements.

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.


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 course completion.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires 100-150 hours of eLearning and up to 10 hours of optional clinical practice.  Students should aim to complete the course over 12 weeks. Extensions to 20 weeks are available.

This course is delivered online. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser using a computer or a mobile device.


"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

Application Procedure

Click on the ‘Enrol now’ button to be guided to the application form. The estimated timeframe for an application enrolment is 5 business days.

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

Commonwealth supported placements (CSP)

Q. If I apply will I get a CSP

There are limited numbers of commonwealth supported places and these are split between states and between the public and private sector.  Applicants will be informed once the placement allocation is filled and offered a self-funding place.

Q. I am not currently working can I apply for a CSP

No, the funding provided by the commonwealth specified applicants were to be employed by the private or public sector

Q. How will the state I am registered in be determined

The state you are registered in will be determined from your AHPRA registration

Q. I am already enrolled in the course can I be considered for a CSP

No, placements are available to eligible students who apply after the 31st of August, which is the date that the government opened the opportunity to the public.  Placements are limited and once filled the offer will cease.

This offer is not available to current students studying the course or prior students who have completed the course.

Q. When do I start the course

You must be ready to commence the course when you apply for a commonwealth supported place.

Q.  How long do I have to complete the course?

The course must be completed in 12 weeks from admission.  You may ask for an extension in extenuating circumstances.  Please contact the course coordinator if you need an extension. The coordinator will prepare a study plan with you.  You must keep to this study plan or you may be withdrawn from the course and may have to repay the course costs.

Q. What happens if I need to withdraw from a CSP or I fail the course?

You may become liable for the cost of the course if it is not completed.

Please contact the course coordinator as soon as possible if you wish to withdraw from the course.

Q.  I am from Tasmania why do I need to complete a placement as part of the CSP?

The Tasmanian Department of Health require proof of a clinical practicum before you can register as an immuniser.  Nurses from Tasmania who are successful in gaining a CSP will be contacted regarding placement.  A placement fee applies.

Q.  I cannot access the course materials

A.  Please email the mobile learning unit at mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

Q.  I do not understand the course materials

A.  Please contact the course coordinator Tracy Murphy at mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au


Q.  Do I need to complete a placement to be an authorised immuniser?

No, the theory component of this course authorises you as an immuniser however some states may require you to complete a clinical placement.  Please check with your state/territory immunisation authority or prospective employer before completing the course.

If you wish to arrange an optional placement please contact gp-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au for further information.

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. Placements for adult immunisations can also be arranged.

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 if a placement is important to you.

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.

Placement compliance

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

  • A Valid Police check (free if completed through the University)
  • WWCC (student checks are free)

Please check the clinical placements portal for information on infectious disease and immunisation requirements:

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

  • Please note that you may need more than one doctors visit to complete your immunisation and blood born virus screening. Fees will usually apply for QuantiFERON gold (TB test), serology, immunisation and doctor’s visits.


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.

Course Timeframe

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. How long do I have to complete the course

A.  We recommend that you complete the course over 12 weeks.  If you need an extension, please speak to the course coordinator.

Course eligibility

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. The Nurses Award allows 1786 hours to count towards progression to the next pay point.

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

Contact Us

E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information


Theory only Government Sponsored - Click APPLY NOW to APPLY FREE (limited places only) (Placement fee NOT included)

Theory only Self Funded AUD $825 (incl. GST) (Placement fee NOT included)

Placement administration fee AUD $130 (incl. GST) (Optional placement to be arranged by the student)

Total time required 100-150 hours