Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation

This page contains information relating to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Page last updated: 23 August 2017

ATAGI Terms of Reference

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provides advice to the Minister for Health on the Immunise Australia Program and other related issues. In addition to technical experts, ATAGI's membership includes a consumer and general practitioners.

The Terms of Reference of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation are to:

  • provide technical advice to the Minister for Health on the medical administration of vaccines available in Australia, including those on the National Immunisation Program
  • through the department, provide advice to research funding bodies regarding the status of current immunisation research and areas where additional research is required
  • advise the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee on matters relating to the ongoing strength of evidence pertaining to existing, new and emerging vaccines in relation to their effectiveness and use in Australian populations
  • produce the Australian Immunisation Handbook for the approval of the National Health and Medical Research Council
  • consult with the National Immunisation Committee (NIC) on the content and format of the Australian Immunisation Handbook and associated implementation strategies
  • consult with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) on matters relating to the implementation of immunisation policies, procedures and vaccine safety.

ATAGI Strategic Intent

ATAGI Membership and Conflicts of Interest (at January 2017)

ATAGI Working Parties

ATAGI establishes working parties and working groups (subgroups of a working party consisting mainly of ATAGI members) to examine specific vaccine preventable diseases in depth, including to review and interpret the evidence on the use of vaccines to address those diseases.

Working parties / groups are tasked with preparing evidence-based population-focussed advice and recommendations for ATAGI’s consideration in formulating advice to Department of Health and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). Advice from the working parties / groups is also used by ATAGI in formulating or revising recommendations on vaccine use in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Each of the working parties/groups is a chaired by an ATAGI member. Members of the working parties consist of selected members of ATAGI as well as other experts in the area of focus who are not ATAGI members. Other experts with specialised knowledge or skills may also be invited to provide specific additional information to facilitate the work of each of these working parties as required. In some instances specific pieces of work may be tasked to a sub group of the working party.

Working Party Memberships and Conflicts of Interest can be accessed below:

Further Information

Postal address:

ATAGI Secretariat
Department of Health
Immunisation Branch
GPO Box 9848 - MDP 13 
Email: ATAGI Secretariat

ATAGI Bulletins and Meeting Agendas




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Email: ATAGI Secretariat