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, Northern 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 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.


Application documentation:

  • a recent letter from your employer stating that you have completed at least one year of clinical practice as a Division 1 registered nurse, OR
  • an HR record or a recent payslip showing your current grade.


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

There is an administration charge of $130 for placements.

PLEASE NOTE: During the pandemic, placements are limited. Placements must be authorised by the Teaching and Learning team prior to commencement. Due to the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19 all placements outside of your own workplace require a risk assessment prior to approval.

Placement 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.

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.


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

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.

Health Workforce Scholarship Program (Rural)

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is for nurses and other health professionals  providing primary health care in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector, non-government organisations and private practice across Australia. See website for scholarship details: https://www.hwsp.com.au/

Course Coordinator

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


"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"

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Mobile Learning

E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information


Theory only: Theory only 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 over 12 weeks



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.


  • Interactive exercises
  • End of topic tests - multiple choice
  • 10 case studies - multiple choice
  • Exam (80% pass mark) - multiple choice

Placement (optional) – 10 hours approx.

Mandatory requirement for Tasmania.

Placement is to be arranged by the student with a local immuniser. (See main page for details).