On 29 November 2006, the Australian Government announced funding for a HPV vaccination program. When the vaccine was first introduced, a catch-up program that consisted of two components (a school-based program and a community-based program) was instituted. The school-based catch-up program for 12 to 18 year old girls ceased in 2008. HPV immunization in the community-based catch-up program was available through general practice and community immunization services for 13 to 26 year old women.
Currently the HPV vaccines are registered for use in Australia in females aged 9–26 years and in males aged 9–15 years. The HPV vaccine is currently funded for 12-13 year old girls in the first year of secondary school, with a recent decision to commence a funded program for boys commencing in 2013 in….