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, using information obtained from mothers and from hospital or other records, complete notification forms for each birth. A standard de-identified extract is provided to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on an annual basis to form the NPDC.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 January 1991 to 31 December 2016

Geographical coverage

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 the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply)
  • Restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of 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 Victoria and 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 National Perinatal Data Collection, 2016: Quality Statement


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

National Perinatal Data Collection, 2016: Quality Statement

Perinatal National Minimum Data Set 2014–2018

Perinatal NBEDS 2016-17

Maternity Information Matrix

External links and information 

Mothers and babies publications


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