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The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian
Government to produce independent and authoritative health and
welfare information and statistics.
Consulting under contract is a major part of what we do—it's nearly
70% of our business. We have been consulting with both government
and private sector clients for over 25 years.
Provided that a project fits with our mission, values and legislation,
we can carry out virtually any task related to health and welfare data.
This can include surveys and other data collection activities through to
developing national data standards and data sets, linking data, analysing
it, and writing objective and independent reports that are valued and
respected by governments and the community.
In the interests of independence and transparency, nearly all of our
work is released to the public—while also protecting individual privacy.
We have 320 expert statistical, administrative and communications
staff in Canberra, backed by numerous data holdings, unmatched
knowledge of the health and welfare sectors in Australia, robust
governance arrangements, strong privacy and confidentiality controls,
state-of-the-art business processes and infrastructure, and access
to a network of government, research, education and private sector
collaborators from around Australia.
The kinds of projects we can undertake for you include:
Rates are based on cost recovery and are highly
competitive with other consulting and research
organisations. We are always happy to discuss
charges with potential clients.
We enjoy national and international recognition
for our statistical expertise, and as the nation's
premier source of data on health, welfare and
In addition to our skills in data management,
analysis, presentation and reporting, our clients
value our independence and integrity, our
understanding of health and welfare issues,
and our strong ethical standards and
We are also well respected for our ability
to promote and achieve consistency among
national, and state and territory statistics.
As an independent statutory entity we are accountable to the
Australian Parliament, and are governed by a Board comprising
independent and government members.
The Board is subject to the general oversight of the Minister for Health, but cannot be directed by
the Minister unless he/she undertakes a consultative process with the states and territories, as set
out in the AIHW Act.
We manage data professionally, with due respect for its sensitivity, and with privacy and
confidentiality assured through legislation, rigorous data policies and procedures, and the
scrutiny of a legally-constituted and independent Ethics Committee.
The AIHW is bound by 2 sets of confidentiality and privacy requirements—those contained
in the Privacy Act and those contained in section 29 of the AIHW Act.
The Privacy Act establishes obligations on all private and public sector organisations for collecting,
using or disclosing personal information.
Section 29 of the AIHW Act places very strong protections on the release of information
concerning individuals and organisations. The AIHW cannot be forced to divulge such
information, even by a court of law. The AIHW Act also recognises that AIHW must comply with
written terms and conditions imposed by data providers.
Refer also to our Data Governance—in-brief brochure that contains more information about the
AIHW's robust data governance arrangements.
Our reliability and productivity are second to none, with over 2,500
reports produced in the last 25 years.
We are currently producing over
180 reports and other web-based outputs annually.
We collaborate with experts from around Australia, including
Commonwealth, and state and territory health, housing and
community services agencies; universities and research centres;
expert advisory committees; and peak non-government organisations.
We work very closely with the Australian Bureau of Statistics,
particularly in our use of Census and survey data.
Our health and welfare data holdings are substantial. The Australian
Bureau of Statistics has named 10 AIHW-held data sets among its list of
74 Essential Statistical Assets for Australia. The 10 essential assets held
by AIHW cover fields as diverse as housing assistance, homelessness,
perinatal health, disability, cancer, hospitals and hospital activity, alcohol
and other drugs, and mortality.
Our highly competent staff have
contemporary skills and knowledge in:
We are increasingly being recognised for our leadership and expertise in data integration
(also known as data linkage). We are one of only two agencies in Australia accredited to link
sensitive Commonwealth data sets.
Data linkage provides strong value-for-money for clients because it uses existing data sets
to gain new insights into health and welfare determinants and risks, health and wellbeing
throughout life, and the use of health, housing and community services.
Data linkage work could provide new information on the importance of education,
employment and housing to achieving good health, and, in turn, self-reliance. The data could
highlight critical points where support or intervention would have the most benefit.
Refer also to our Data linkage services for clients brochure that contains more information about
the AIHW's data linkage services for clients.
We produce innovative, clear and readable reports and
other products that also provide a sophisticated level of
informed analysis. The 570-page Australia's health 2014,
for example, adopts a new approach to reporting based
on 'big picture' snapshots and feature articles on topics
of current policy interest, backed by in-text links to more
detail, and an Ozhealth app for iPhone and iPad.
For many data collections—such as for hospitals, cancer, and juvenile
justice—we produce a mix of products, including user-friendly
summary publications and web snapshots, comprehensive statistical
reports, and data available as downloadable spreadsheets or as
interactive data access and visualisation services with build-your-own table
In addition to reports on specific subjects, our data holdings and data
integration capabilities enable us to produce thematic reports linking
material from several different subject areas. Such reports can yield new
insights that can in turn lead to new policies and practices.
Another example of our innovative work is Validata™, a time-saving
online data receipt and validation product/tool developed at the
Institute. Validata™ can quickly pick up anomalies and unlikely
occurrences in supplied data, and is now progressively being extended
across AIHW data collections and to some of our data providers.
We publish over 180 outputs each year, ranging from
comprehensive national reports to technical documents and
guides, to innovative web-based products. As required by the
Parliament, our flagship reports, Australia's health and
Australia's welfare, are published in alternate years.
We have an expanding range of web sub-sites, including for
mental health services, specialist homelessness services and
Indigenous health and welfare. We are increasingly using
interactive data visualisation services on these sites.
Several interactive health and welfare data sets are publicly
available on our website, and we have produced 3 apps
available for free download from Apple's App Store—Ozhealth,
Ozwelfare and Indigenous info.
We play a central role in developing performance indicators for
national performance reporting in health, ageing, early childhood,
education, housing and homelessness, disability care and closing
the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
In recent years we developed the Specialist Homelessness
Services data collection, including an online data collection
portal and client management tool.
We are also continuing to work with the Department of Social Services to build and develop the National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse for policymakers, researchers and consumers. In a similar vein, for many years we have operated the National Cancer Statistics Clearinghouse, in collaboration with the Australasian Association of Cancer Registries.
We have also been custodians of the National Hospital Statistics databases for over 25 years.
We have developed linking techniques between residential aged care data sets and hospital care data sets to reveal new information about transitions between the two types of services for people who have had aged care assessments.
Similarly, we have been able to link data on child protection, juvenile justice and homelessness to explore patterns of behaviour and service use.
We have also been able to assess the effectiveness of cervical cancer vaccine programs in Victoria using data linkage techniques.
New projects include linking child immunisation data with health outcomes data, and exploring links and pathways between homelessness, income support and employment.
Some of the larger survey-based collections that we have undertaken include the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, the National Infant Feeding Survey, the National Social Housing Survey and the National Prisoner Health Data Collection.
The AIHW manages Australia's national health, community services and housing assistance metadata items and standards through METeOR, our award-winning online metadata registry.
For further information on how we can provide products and services for your organisation, please phone the Institute on (02) 6244 1000 or email
If you are looking for statistics that are not available in publications or data cubes, we also offer a data request service. Customised tables can be provided, subject to data quality and confidentiality requirements, from a range of AIHW-held databases. Please note that a fee may apply for this service.
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