ACIR - State and Territory Vaccine Objection (Conscientious Objection) Data

This page provides state and territory conscientious objection data for 2012 - current.

Page last updated: 11 February 2016

Conscientious objection data broken down by state and territory was produced from 2012 onwards.

Conscientious objection statistics are given as at a point in time, not a total number recorded each year. This is because the data collected for conscientious objection reporting is based on the age cohort, birth to under 7 years of age; new born children are added to the conscientious objection data when they are registered for Medicare and are then removed once they turn 7 years of age.

From 1 January 2016, families need to meet strengthened immunisation requirements to be eligible to receive childcare assistance and Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement. Conscientious objection has been removed as a valid reason for a vaccination exemption to continue to receive these family assistance payments. As of 1 January 2016, historical conscientious objection data only is published on this page. For further information refer to the Department of Human Services website.

*The category of Other is used where it is unclear in which state the child resides. For example, this may occur where parents live in different states, and they both have the child on their Medicare card.


As at December 2015
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
39,501
371
0.94%
NSW
704,431
8,113
1.15%
NT
27,014
199
0.74%
QLD
445,808
8,188
1.84%
SA
141,228
2,237
1.58%
TAS
42,074
579
1.38%
VIC
541,568
6,441
1.19%
WA
241,821
3,500
1.45%
OTHER*
59,480
464
0.78%
AUS
2,242,925
30,092
1.34%


As at September 2015

State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
39,447
393
1.00%
NSW
705,696
8,642
1.22%
NT
26,989
213
0.79%
QLD
447,621
8,692
1.94%
SA
141,746
2,415
1.70%
TAS
42,499
625
1.47%
VIC
541,289
6,855
1.27%
WA
241,617
3,717
1.54%
OTHER*
58,104
467
0.80%
AUS
2,245,008
32,019
1.43%

As at June 2015
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
39,320
425
1.08%
NSW
703,438
9,203
1.31%
NT
26,890
227
0.84%
QLD
445,677
9,209
2.07%
SA
141,077
2,558
1.81%
TAS
42,425
671
1.58%
VIC
537,145
7,294
1.36%
WA
240,013
3,954
1.65%
OTHER*
64,137
522
0.81%
AUS
2,240,122
34,063
1.52%

As at March 2015
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
39,186
436
1.11%
NSW
704,754
9,732
1.38%
NT
27,368
253
0.92%
QLD
448,275
9,747
2.17%
SA
141,385
2,724
1.93%
TAS
42,800
713
1.67%
VIC
536,223
7,748
1.44%
WA
240,539
4,207
1.75%
OTHER*
58,608
498
0.85%
AUS
2,239,138
36,058
1.61%


As at December 2014

State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
38,933
472
1.21%
NSW
702,361
10,668
1.52%
NT
27,491
287
1.04%
QLD
447,843
10,659
2.38%
SA
141,189
2,984
2.11%
TAS
42,963
778
1.81%
VIC
533,301
8,459
1.59%
WA
240,072
4,642
1.93%
OTHER*
57,052
574
1.01%
AUS
2,231,205
39,523
1.77%


As at September 2014
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
38,731
485
1.25%
NSW
703,288
10,820
1.54%
NT
27,685
306
1.11%
QLD
448,851
10,781
2.40%
SA
141,699
3,064
2.16%
TAS
43,163
789
1.83%
VIC
533,606
8,596
1.61%
WA
240,160
4,673
1.95%
OTHER*
54,493
543
1.00%
AUS
2,231,676
40,057
1.79%


As at June 2014
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
38,504
478
1.24%
NSW
703,541
10,679
1.52%
NT
27,467
306
1.11%
QLD
448,982
10,688
2.38%
SA
141,665
3,057
2.16%
TAS
43,493
795
1.83%
VIC
531,918
8,468
1.59%
WA
239,216
4,618
1.93%
OTHER*
51,911
498
0.96%
AUS
2,226,697
39,587
1.78%


As at March 2014
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
38,309
437
1.14%
NSW
702,089
9,681
1.38%
NT
26,916
273
1.01%
QLD
449,055
9,706
2.16%
SA
141,428
2,820
1.99%
TAS
43,616
697
1.60%
VIC
530,050
7,767
1.47%
WA
238,384
4,267
1.79%
OTHER*
50,049
461
0.92%
AUS
2,219,896
36,109
1.63%


As at December 2013
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
38,028
425
1.12%
NSW
699,736
9,456
1.35%
NT
27,347
273
1.00%
QLD
448,629
9,609
2.14%
SA
141,298
2,795
1.98%
TAS
43,734
705
1.61%
VIC
528,230
7,728
1.46%
WA
237,424
4,252
1.79%
OTHER*
51,399
455
0.89%
AUS
2,215,825
35,698
1.61%

As at 30 September 2013
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
37,787
416
1.10%
NSW
698,503
9,353
1.34%
NT
26,964
261
0.97%
QLD
448,259
9,507
2.12%
SA
141,059
2,811
1.99%
TAS
43,833
706
1.61%
VIC
526,453
7,724
1.47%
WA
236,237
4,193
1.77%
OTHER*
49,448
461
0.93%
AUS
2,208,543
35,432
1.60%


As at 30 June 2013
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
37,524
401
1.07%
NSW
697,288
8,902
1.28%
NT
27,091
249
0.92%
QLD
447,690
9,117
2.04%
SA
140,412
2,709
1.93%
TAS
44,058
669
1.52%
VIC
524,321
7,413
1.41%
WA
234,600
4,020
1.71%
OTHER*
47,103
406
0.86%
AUS
2,200,087
33,886
1.54%


As at 31 March 2013
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
37,302
384
1.03%
NSW
695,088
8,396
1.21%
NT
26,853
233
0.87%
QLD
446,347
8,725
1.95%
SA
140,244
2,551
1.82%
TAS
43,952
628
1.43%
VIC
521,332
7,054
1.35%
WA
233,066
3,827
1.64%
OTHER*
46,813
331
0.71%
AUS
2,190,997
32,129
1.47%


As at 31 December 2012
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
36,899
376
1.02%
NSW
691,354
8,345
1.21%
NT
26,860
228
0.85%
QLD
443,814
8,665
1.95%
SA
139,795
2,548
1.82%
TAS
44,093
633
1.44%
VIC
517,312
6,917
1.34%
WA
230,689
3,771
1.63%
OTHER*
45,463
317
0.70%
AUS
2,176,279
31,800
1.46%

As at 30 September 2012
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
36,674
372
1.01%
NSW
690,634
8,326
1.21%
NT
26,854
230
0.86%
QLD
443,077
8,704
1.96%
SA
139,494
2,568
1.84%
TAS
44,321
655
1.48%
VIC
516,042
6,877
1.33%
WA
228,795
3,669
1.60%
OTHER*
44,221
330
0.75%
AUS
2,170,112
31,731
1.46%

As at 30 June 2012
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
36,256
374
1.03%
NSW
687,699
8,173
1.19%
NT
26,715
222
0.83%
QLD
441,859
8,619
1.95%
SA
138,592
2,509
1.81%
TAS
44,530
632
1.42%
VIC
513,094
6,746
1.31%
WA
226,264
3,488
1.54%
OTHER*
42,464
286
0.67%
AUS
2,157,473
31,049
1.44%

As at 31 March 2012
State
Total children
Number children with conscientious objection recorded
% Children with conscientious objection recorded
ACT
35,968
357
0.99%
NSW
686,265
8,027
1.17%
NT
26,874
227
0.84%
QLD
441,339
8,452
1.92%
SA
138,627
2,443
1.76%
TAS
44,760
599
1.34%
VIC
510,379
6,586
1.29%
WA
224,386
3,366
1.50%
OTHER*
39,622
279
0.70%
AUS
2,148,220
30,336
1.41%