Cervical screening activity data

For the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), activity data are available on the number of screening tests performed within a specified time period.

Activity data provides insight into the volume of work carried out by screening programs, along with recent trends and seasonal variation. Activity data can be collected and published quickly.

Explore the latest data in the visualisation below.

How many screening tests were performed?

In the December quarter 2020:

  • 143,000 screening tests were performed for people aged 25–74
  • 51,500 of these tests were performed in October 2020; 50,600 in November; and 41,100 in December.

The number of screening tests performed in 2020 was expected to be lower than in 2019, due to the program changing from 2-yearly to 5-yearly screening. As 2020 was the first year impacted by the transition to 5-yearly screening, the impact of COVID-19 cannot be quantified without further years of data. For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s cancer screening programs, see the AIHW report Cancer screening and COVID-19 in Australia.


This data visualisation shows monthly national activity data for the National Cervical Screening Program, from January 2018 to December 2020. The column graph showing the number of screening tests by year can be filtered by year, quarter, and month. The second tab shows the activity data in a table form and can be filtered by year, quarter and month.

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