​Commonwealth-funded additional free vaccines

The Commonwealth Government funds a range of vaccines missed in childhood under the National Immunisation Program. Detailed information is available on the Commonwealth's catch-up immunisation webpage. If you're eligible for a catch-up vaccine, please discuss with your local GP or pharmacist immuniser. 

NSW-funded additional free vaccines

The following table indicates additional vaccines provided free in NSW for eligible people and for post-exposure treatment for Australian bat lyssavirus or rabies.

Vaccine Eligibility


Hepatitis B​  

As recommended by the Australian Immunisation Handbook, hepatitis B vaccination is recommended and free for:

  • Aboriginal people
  • Household and sexual contacts of acute and chronic hepatitis B cases
  • Immunosuppressed people
  • People with HIV or hepatitis C
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Injecting drug users
  • Sex workers
  • Clients of sexual health clinics (at LHD discretion)

Hepatitis B vaccine is not free for persons outside of these priority populations,  healthcare students or persons travelling overseas 


  • Unvaccinated individuals born during or after 1966
  • For vaccination of rubella seronegative post natal women
Rabies vaccine and human rabies immunoglobulin​
  • Post-exposure treatment for Australian bat lyssavirus and rabies exposures (order via Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055)​  
Current as at: Wednesday 15 November 2023
Contact page owner: Immunisation