National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) aims to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia and to support initiatives in the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, including disease surveillance, vaccine coverage and immunisation adverse events.

Led by NCIRS Director Professor Kristine Macartney, we conduct an extensive program of clinical trials and epidemiologic research, bringing together a group of experts and postgraduate students in public health, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioural sciences.

Please email us at for general enquiries.

Information on vaccine preventable diseases, including our research, can also be found on the NCIRS website

Current projects

NCIRS’s research and surveillance activities include, among others:

  • Providing scientific research support to the Australian Government Department of Health and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), particularly for the development and implementation of national immunisation policies
  • Conducting surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases
  • Monitoring vaccination coverage
  • Evaluating vaccination program evaluations
  • Monitoring vaccine safety
  • Conducting social research
  • SARS-CoV-2 transmission studies
  • Synthesis of emerging evidence on COVID-19 vaccines to inform national, regional and international policy and guidelines
  • Monitoring vaccine safety (including COVID-19 vaccines)

The centre also has a strong role in providing postgraduate training and supervision. 

Please visit the NCIRS website for more information on all our research programs.

The Research Team

Since our inception in 1997, we have grown from a team of 7 to a team of over nearly 70. For a full list of NCIRS staff, please visit Our People on NCIRS website.

Key publications

Our team have published over 1000 articles in our more than 20 years of operation.  For an up-to-date list of our publications, please visit