The database is a collation of records related to courses of radiotherapy that began in a reference period. The data collected includes administrative details, patient demographic characteristics and some clinical information. The database was primarily designed to enable reporting of waiting times for radiotherapy services which are calculated as the time between the patient's ready-for-care date and the date of the first megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory 

Data availability

  • publications
  • 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

In scope are public and private healthcare establishments providing megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment. It is mandatory for public establishments to report data. Private providers are encouraged to participate.

Scope is not limited by patient diagnosis. It includes people with cancer (notifiable and non-notifiable) and those who do not have cancer. People in scope are those who started a course of radiotherapy treatment within the reference period.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Radiotherapy Waiting Times NMDS

Radiotherapy waiting times DQS 2015-16

Radiotherapy waiting times DQS 2014–15

Radiotherapy waiting times DQS 2013–14

External links and information 

Radiotherapy in Australia 2015–16

Australia's hospitals at a glance 2015–16

Radiotherapy in Australia: report on the second year of a pilot collection 2014–15

Radiotherapy in Australia: report on a pilot data collection 2013–14


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