The AIHW produces 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. We are focused on turning data into useful information and telling the broader story.

We use a 'person-centred' model for reporting data, helping us to better understand the relationships between these aspects of people's lives—also known as 'social determinants'—and their health and wellbeing.

 Our key roles include:

  • provide accurate statistical information
  • develop and collect comprehensive data
  • analyse and report on data (from national data collections we have custody of, and from other credible data sources)
  • develop and improve performance indicators and targets for national agreements
  • provide data linkage services, which must be approved first by our Ethics Committee
  • develop and maintain national metadata standards, housed in METeOR, the Metadata Electronic Online Repository.

In gathering, handling and releasing data, we comply with the law and our governance obligations. This includes protecting individual privacy. It also includes meeting government requirements to release information under the Information Publication Scheme.

Our Corporate Plan 2017–18 to 2020–21 provides more detail on our purpose, practices and capabilities.

Our stakeholders

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, including:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics and other Australian Government departments
  • state and territory governments
  • local governments
  • universities
  • research centres
  • non-government organisations
  • international organisations.

We also have in place many partnership agreements and memorandums of understanding, including with:

  • Department of Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Cancer Australia
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies.