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 June quarter 2021:

  • 127,000 screening tests were performed for people aged 25–74
  • 40,000 of these tests were performed in April 2021; 42,000 in May and 45,000 in June.

The number of screening tests performed in 2020 and 2021 was expected to be lower than the number performed in 2018 and 2019. This is largely due to the program changing from 2-yearly Pap tests to 5-yearly Cervical Screening Tests from December 2017. Most people who had screened under the previous program were due for their first HPV test 2 years after their last Pap test (during the years 2018 and 2019). Screening in 2020 and 2021 is mainly comprised of people overdue for their first HPV test, those having follow up screening tests, and those newly-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 in 2020, 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 June 2021. 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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