The Model of Care Data Set (MoC DS) is a national maternity service-based data collection that contains data about the maternity Models of Care offered by maternity services.

The data elements within this dataset reflect the characteristics of 11 major models of care, under which women would be cared for by a health professional.  The MoC DS reflect maternity plans at the population level, not the individual. As such no individual unit record data is held in this collection. 

Collection details

Temporal coverage 

from 1/1/2018 to 30/4/2023

Geographical coverage


National and State

Data availability

  • Publications

Unit records are not available.

Data scope 

The Maternity model of care (MoC) National best practice data set (NBPDS) is not mandated for collection. This data set enables maternity care providers to classify models of care using the Maternity Care Classification System (MaCCS).

The scope of the data set is all models of maternity care available to pregnant and birthing women.

The MaCCS, utilising the NBPDS provides a standardised nomenclature and descriptive data for maternity models of care. National collation of these data enables meaningful analysis and comparisons of maternal and perinatal outcomes between differing models of care. The data elements in the NBPDS describe the different characteristics of models of maternity care based on three domains:

  • the women a model is designed for;
  • the carers working in the model; and
  • aspects of how care is provided.

The development of the MaCCS and the MoC NBPDS was undertaken as part of the National Maternity Data Development Project under the guidance of an expert advisory group.

Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

See Maternity model of care (MoC) National best practice data set (NBPDS).

External links and information

Maternity models of care in Australia, 2023

Nomenclature for models of maternity care: a consultation report

Maternity Care Classification System: Maternity Model of Care Data Set Specification national pilot report November 2014


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