The NPDC is a national population-based cross-sectional collection of data on pregnancy and childbirth. The data are based on births reported to the perinatal data collection in each state and territory in Australia. Midwives and other birth attendants complete notification forms for each birth using information obtained from mothers and from hospital or other records. A standard de-identified extract is provided to the AIHW annually.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 January 1991 to 31 December 2014

Geographical coverage

National | National and state and territory | Other

Data availability

  • publications
  • summary tables published in electronic form
  • 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 agreement of 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

Includes live births and stillbirths, where gestational age is at least 20 weeks or birthweight is at least 400 grams, except in Western Australia, where births are included if gestational age is at least 20 weeks or, if gestation is unknown, birthweight is at least 400 grams.

See also NPDC DQS


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Perinatal DSS 2014-15

Perinatal NMDS 2014-18


External links and information 

Maternity Information Matrix

Mothers & babies publications


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