The Australian Cancer Database contains data about all new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia since 1 January 1982, excluding basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin.

Cancer is a notifiable disease in all Australian states and territories. Relevant legislation requires certain individuals and organisations to notifiy all new cases of cancer to the jurisdiction's central cancer registry. These registries supply data annually to the AIHW, which cleans and standardises it and notifies the registries of inter-state duplicates.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 January 1982 to 31 December 2013

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory

Data availability

  • publications
  • summary tables published in electronic form
  • statistics
  • client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)
  • restricted unit record access subject to AIHW Ethics Committee approval and/or agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply)
  • restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of other data in this holding

Data scope

All notifiable cases of cancer in Australia since 1982.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Australian Cancer Database 2014 DQS

External links and information 

About Australian Cancer Database


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