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Australia's welfare 2017 

Australia’s welfare 2017 is the 13th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This comprehensive report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics.

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Australia's welfare 2015 

Australia's welfare 2015 is the AIHW’s 12th biennial report on the wellbeing of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summaries the performance of the welfare system against a provisional set of indicators.

Australia's welfare 2015—in brief 

Australia’s welfare 2015—in brief presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 12th biennial report on the nation’s welfare.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 8, 2014 

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) provides national data standards for the community services sector. This latest version (version 8) reflects changes to data standards between July 2012 and end-April 2014. Two data set specifications, 2 data element clusters, 96 data elements, 2 classifications and 8 glossary items have been added to the NCSDD. One national minimum data set, 3 data elements and 2 classifications have been superseded since the previous version of the NCSDD (version 7) was published.

Australia's welfare 2013 

Australia's welfare 2013 is the 11th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This comprehensive and authoritative report provides an overview of the wellbeing of Australians across domains of healthy living, autonomy and participation, and social cohesion. It includes information on: - population factors underpinning the demand for welfare services - particular needs and assistance provided to key groups - the resourcing of welfare services in Australia. The report is accompanied by a companion mini publication, Australia's welfare 2013 in brief.

Australia's welfare 2013: in brief 

Australia's welfare 2013: in brief presents selected highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 11th biennial report on welfare services in Australia. 

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 7, 2012 

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) provides national standards for the broader community services sector. This latest version reflects changes to data standards between July 2010 and June 2012. Five data set specifications, 78 data elements, four classifications and five glossary items have been added to the dictionary. Two national minimum data sets, two data element clusters, 58 data elements and four classifications have been superseded, and six national minimum data sets retired since the previous version of the NCSDD was published.

Australia's welfare 2011: in brief 

Australia's welfare 2011: in brief presents selected highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 10th biennial report on welfare services in Australia.

Australia's welfare 2011 

Australia's welfare 2011 is the tenth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. 

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 6 

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) (including national minimum data sets (NMDS)) purpose is to provide national standards on the community services reporting framework for both statistical and clinical analysis which provides meaningful input to community discussion and public policy debate on community services issues in Australia, as part of the METeOR metadata online registry. The Dictionary is available online at http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/274816. This version confirms to international standard ISO/IEC 11179 Information Technology Metadata Registries (MDR), 2003.

Australia's welfare 2009 

Australia's welfare 2009 is the ninth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include children, youth and families; ageing and aged care; disability and disability services; carers and informal care; housing and housing assistance; and homelessness.

National community services data dictionary, version 5 

The National community services data dictionary (the NCSDD) is a national resource which community services authorities use to ensure the consistency and comparability of all data collected under the scope of the National Community Services Information Agreement (NCSIA). The data dictionary contains definitions and value domains that are endorsed as national standards for use by those collecting community services data in Australia.Version 5 has been downloaded from METeOR which is an internet registry for development, registration and dissemination of metadata based on the latest version of the international standard ISO/IEC 11179 Information technology-Metadata registries (MDR) in 2003. The Dictionary is available online at <meteor.aihw.gov.au>.The data dictionary is an important resource for people involved in designing and building data collections, conducting research and evaluation activities.

Australia's welfare 2007 

Australia's welfare 2007 is the eighth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include children, youth and families; ageing and aged care; disability and disability services; housing for health and welfare; dynamics of homelessness; welfare services resources; and indicators of Australia's welfare.

National community services data dictionary, version 4 

The 'National community services data dictionary' is the authoritative source of community services data definitions used where national consistency is required. The dictionary is designed to improve the comparability of data across the community services sector. It is also designed to make data collection activities more efficient by reducing duplication of effort in the field, and more effective by ensuring that information to be collected is appropriate for its purpose.Version 4 expands and updates endorsed data definitions published in Version 3, and implements the latest version of the ISO 11179 standards for metadata registries.

Australia's welfare 2005 

Australia's welfare is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include indicators of the welfare of Australia's population, ageing and aged care services, disability and disability services, assistance for housing, services for people experiencing homelessness, and welfare services expenditure and labour force. It also features an extended chapter on children, youth and families.

Indicators of Australia's welfare: development and discussion 

Current until 25 March 2005. This working paper presents the background research on which Chapter 2 in Australia's Welfare 2003 was based. It contains the material presented in Chapter 2 and, in addition, provides more detailed information on the development of the conceptual framework and indicators, and includes some additional indicators and data.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 3 

The National Community Services Data Dictionary, Version 3, contains definitions and data domains that are endorsed as national standards for use by those collecting community services data in Australia. Version 3 introduces metadata items that are common with the National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) and updates metadata items: some following endorsement by the World Health Assembly of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); and some to more closely relate to standards used for population and household surveys by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Use of the Dictionary will help ensure that community services data in Australia are uniform and of high quality. The format for metadata items is based on international standards.

Australia's welfare 2003 

Australia's Welfare is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include welfare services expenditure, the welfare services labour force, children's and family services, child protection, housing assistance, services for homeless people, ageing and aged care services and disability services. Australia's Welfare 2003 also features special chapters on informal care and indicators of the welfare of Australia's population.

National Classifications of Community Services Version 2 

The classifications of community services contained in this publication have the potential to improve the quality of Australian community service data and to contribute to policy development and planning within Australia. National Classifications of Community Services Version 2 contains two separate classifications that provide a basis for consistent classification of community services in Australia. These two classifications may be used to classify activities and service delivery settings, or they may be used in conjunction to provide a more detailed composite description of activities and how they are delivered. National Classifications of Community Services Version 2 and its complementary publication, the National Community Services Data Dictionary, will be of interest to program administrators, policy analysts, planners and service providers.

The need for and provision of human services in the ACT 

This report draws together the most current data accessible by the AIHW on the need for and provision of human services in the ACT in the areas of aged care, disability, housing, homelessness, alcohol and other drugs, and mental health. Taking a wide view across these human service areas, the report is an authoritative source of information on potential need for assistance, service use and expenditure in the ACT. Placing this information in the broader context of human services across Australia, this report provides a strong information basis for planners and provides of services for people in need of assistance in the ACT.

Health information development priorities 

Following the initial National Health Information Development Plan in 1995, national health information in Australia has developed considerable momentum. As the quality, reliability and timeliness of the information have improved so have the utility and the use of the information. There are now a number of national health information systems and data collections that are widely used for analysis and comparison at all levels of the health care system. The first part of this document is background that describes national health information, its functions and key elements, assesses progress under the 1995 Plan, and notes recent developments and issues relating to new priorities. The second part presents the new priorities and the plan for their implementation.