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The AIHW offers a custom data request service for access to statistics that are not available in published reports, tables, dynamic data displays or data cubes.

This service enables you to request new data tables within one specified data collection at new and different levels of disaggregation using different or derived data items. Use this web form to make your request. Note there is a charge for custom data requests.


Data requests to the AIHW are generally chargeable at an hourly rate on a cost-recovery basis. There is a minimum charge of $100 + GST for each request. You will be given an estimate of the charge for a request for your approval before it is actioned. The charge will be supplied to you as an AIHW tax invoice.

Time to provide data

The time taken to provide data varies from two weeks to several months depending on the complexity of the request.

Ethics approvals

The AIHW follows Australian research ethics guidelines such as the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human research and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, as well as the Privacy Act. Data requests that require ethical approval are considered by the AIHW Ethics Committee at their scheduled quarterly meetings. There is an administration fee of $600 for each application to the Ethics Committee.

Data linking

Data linking or linkage refers to the bringing together of information from more than one source that relates to the same individual or institution. It is also known as 'data integration' and 'record matching'.

The AIHW collects and holds data on a diverse range of subjects, and from multiple administrative datasets, and so has the opportunity to explore data linkages across the health and welfare spheres.

Data requests involving linkage require ethics approval (as above).

Further information