The AIHW is an independent statutory Australian Government agency with more than 30 years of experience working with health and welfare data.

Our role is to provide meaningful information and statistics for the benefit of the Australian people by:

  • collecting and managing data on health and welfare issues, including from state, territory and federal government agencies
  • analysing and turning data into useful information and reports to support better policy and service delivery decisions
  • making data available to state, territory and federal government agencies, universities, research centres, and non-government organisations.

Our vision

Our vision is to provide stronger evidence (data and information) for better decisions and improved health and welfare.

Our strategic goals

Leaders in health and welfare data

We will enagage nationally and internationally with authorities in our domain to develop, promote and deliver quality standards, systems and processes for collecting, curating and linking health and welfare data.

Drivers of data improvements

We will build upon our trusted status to identify and respond to gaps and opportunities in multisource health and welfare data holdings. We will support our partners to develop and capture the data required to inform national priorities.

Expert sources of value-added analysis

We will harness and enhance our capabilities in the health and welfare domains to turn data and information into knowledge and intelligence. We will translate this evidence to provide insight into patterns, trends and outcomes, including how these compare across organisations, regions and internationally.

Champions for open and accessible data and information

We will leverage emerging technology and enhance our products and services in order to provide data and information tailored to diverse access, timeliness and quality requirements. We will support our partners in making their data accessible while protecting privacy.

Trusted strategic partners

We will foster strategic partnerships and engage collaboratively with stakeholders to deliver program‑specific expertise and enable others to achieve their strategic goals.

View our Strategic directions 2017–2021

Our Corporate plan sets out the key priorities and activities we will pursue to achieve these strategic goals.

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 agencies
  • state & 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.

The AIHW chairs, is a member of, or provides secretariat services to, a large number of national committees.