The National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse (NACDC) is an independent and central repository of national aged care data. It brings together information on people receiving aged care and the services and organisations providing care.

The NACDC comprises more than 110 tables in complex relational databases. Most of these relate to government-funded aged care programs operating under the Aged Care Act 1997.

The NACDC includes activity data for aged care assessments, home support, home care, transition care and residential aged care. It also contains other data sources related to quality indicators for residential aged care and consumer experience in residential aged care.

Most of the activity data is refreshed annually with data from the Department of Health and Aged Care’s Aged Care Data Warehouse. Data for quality indicators are supplied quarterly. Other data sources are updated on a less regular or ad hoc basis.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • SA2
  • SLK

Temporal coverage 

from 1/7/1997

Geographical coverage


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 Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

Data scope 

All activity in Australian Government-funded aged care services, including assessment, community-based care and residential aged care. Details available on providers and recipients.

Quarterly data for three indicator sets defined in the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program Manual 1.0 (the Program Manual) which is available at Aged Care - Department of Health and Aged Care

Indicators defined in the Program Manual are for:

  • Pressure injuries
  • Use of physical restraint
  • Unplanned weight loss

Consumer Experience Report data are collected from a sample of clients in residential aged care facilities as part of the (typically) 3-yearly accreditation site visits. The collection comprises 10 items regarding the experience of care, to which the client (or a representative, if required) responds on a 4- or 5-point scale.


Admin data



Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS) 

The NACDC user guide is available on the GEN Aged Care Data website

Data quality statements are available for:

National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse

Aged Care Funding Instrument

National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program Manual 2.0, Department of Health and Aged Care

External links and information 

GEN Aged Care Data


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