Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

For IDP IELTS test centres in NSW, VIC and ACT

Updated on 15/10/21

Vaccination requirements

NSW

As per NSW Government restrictions, from 11/10/21, all test takers will need to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter the test venue. If you have only had one dose of a vaccine, you will need to wait until you have received your second dose before sitting the test. Acceptable evidence can only be one of the following two documents:

  • Immunisation history statement
  • COVID-19 digital certificate

These documents can be in the form of a PDF, the Medicare app on your phone, or an official hard copy.

These are the only acceptable vaccine documents. Under NSW law, we cannot accept any other form of evidence such as a letter, SMS, email, or screenshot from the vaccine provider.

VIC

As part of our effort to ensure safety, from Friday, 15th October 2021, all test takers in Victoria will need to provide evidence of having at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to sit the test. You will need to provide evidence that you have received your second dose (unless you have a medical exemption) from Friday, 26 November 2021.

Acceptable evidence can be one of the following two documents:

  • Immunisation history statement
  • COVID-19 digital certificate

These documents can be in the form of a PDF, the Medicare app on your phone, or an official hard copy. On the test day, please have this evidence or your medical exemption ready as you enter the building or test centre.

ACT

As part of our effort to ensure safety, all test takers in ACT will need to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter the test venue. If you have only had one dose of a vaccine, you will need to wait until you have received your second dose before sitting the test. Acceptable evidence can only be one of the following two documents:

Acceptable evidence can be one of the following two documents:

  • Immunisation history statement
  • COVID-19 digital certificate

These documents can be in the form of a PDF, the Medicare app on your phone, or an official hard copy. On the test day, please have this evidence or your medical exemption ready as you enter the building or test centre.

Exemptions

If you have a medical reason as to why you cannot receive a vaccination, you need to obtain a medical contraindication (NSW, VIC or ACT) from a medical practitioner (such as your GP). This must also be approved by the test centre prior to test day. Please send your medical contraindication certificate to your test centre. If your exemption is approved, you may be asked to provide a COVID-19 test (NSW ,VIC and ACT) within 72 hours before the test date. You will be asked to show the negative result SMS at entry to the venue on test day.

How to get your proof of vaccination

Everyone who has been vaccinated in Australia can get access to an official document. Please follow these instructions in your preferred language to get your proof of vaccination. These documents should be available online within 72 hours of receiving your dose.

Some people have reported experiencing delays in getting access to their document or finding that their IHI records are duplicated or missing information. Please call the AIR Internet Helpdesk on 1300 650 039 or contact Services Australia:

  • if you’re having difficulty getting access to your vaccine documentation
  • resolving an issue with your IHI

On test day, you will need to present your vaccine document at entry to the test venue. You can simply show us a digital copy on your phone or a hard copy, and we’ll compare it to your passport.

Any documentation that is unclear, inconsistent with the standard format or otherwise cannot be verified cannot be accepted.

If you’ve changed your name

Please also check whether your names on your vaccine document match your passport. It’s alright if your vaccine document abbreviates or excludes your middle name(s), as long as your first name, surname and date of birth match. If your first name or surname do not match, you will need to provide further documentation prior to test day. This could include a change of name certificate or a marriage certificate (if you married and changed your name after your passport was issued). Please send the appropriate evidence to your test centre before your test so we can confirm whether your documents are acceptable.

If you were vaccinated overseas

We cannot accept overseas vaccination documents, however, if you’ve received an approved COVID-19 vaccine while overseas, you can have it recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This will allow you to get an official immunisation history statement or COVID-19 digital certificate which can be used to sit your test. Please see more information and instructions here.

Where and how to get vaccinated

If you’re unvaccinated and haven’t booked your vaccination, please check the latest NSW GovernmentVIC Government  and ACT Government vaccination advice.

If you cannot provide proof of vaccination

You will not be allowed into the test venue:

  • If you are not vaccinated and not exempt, or
  • if you are vaccinated but cannot provide the required documentation

If you have already booked your test, you can choose to reschedule to a later date when you can meet the requirements or choose to have a full refund.

If you’re from an area of concern

You are allowed to sit the test if you are from an area of concern (and follow the relevant NSW Government, VIC Government and ACT Government restrictions), as long as you have proof of vaccination as per this policy and don’t have any potential symptoms or other risk factors.

Other COVID risk factors

Even if you’re vaccinated, you cannot sit the test or appear at a test venue if any of the following risk factors apply to you:

  • You have any potential cold/flu/COVID-19 symptoms (even if your symptoms are mild); or
  • You have been in contact with any person suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19; or
  • You are required to be in quarantine or isolation as requested by a government or health authority

Retention of your vaccine status and supporting documents

A record that your vaccine document has been sighted as well as any supporting document you send us will be kept for 28 days from the date of your test. If you book multiple tests more than 28 days apart, any relevant supporting documentation such as for medical exemptions or name changes will need to be resubmitted.

If you need assistance

If you’re having difficulty getting access to your vaccine documentation or resolving an issue with your IHI, please call the AIR Internet Helpdesk on 1300 650 039 or contact Services Australia. If you have any other questions about this policy, please contact your test centre.

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