The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is an independent statutory agency.

We produce authoritative and accessible information and statistics to inform and support better policy and service delivery decisions, leading to better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

The AIHW has more than 30 years of experience working with health and welfare data. We enjoy national and international recognition for our statistical expertise and proven track record in providing high quality, independent advice.

We work with a broad range of stakeholders—with some of our relationships dating back to our establishment in 1987. We convene or participate in around 100 committees with experts from many different subject areas, meaning we're informed by contemporary best practice and a wide range of perspectives.

As a Commonwealth Integrating Authority we safely link data on a range of topics, offering new insights on how Australians interact with the health and welfare systems.

We manage data professionally, with due respect for its sensitivity, and with privacy and confidentiality assured through legislation and robust data policies and procedures. This includes use of rigorous controls to determine access and release arrangements; and the scrutiny of a legally-constituted and independent Ethics Committee.

The AIHW releases around 180 publications a year. This includes our substantial and well-researched flagship publications, Australia's health and Australia's welfare.

The AIHW was set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act (Cwlth) in 1987. We are governed by a management board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health portfolio.