Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. People with asthma experience episodes of wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness due to widespread narrowing of the airways.

The 10 national asthma indicators were published in the National Asthma Strategy 2018 by the National Asthma Council (NAC 2018). The National Asthma Strategy aims to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of asthma with a targeted and comprehensive approach to optimise asthma diagnosis and management, including within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and other priority populations. These indicators provide information for policy-makers about the status of asthma in Australia.

National asthma indicators by domain


Treatment and management


1. Prevalence of asthma

4. Hospital visits

5. Asthma control

6. General practice encounters

7. Asthma action plans

9. Preventer use

2. & 3. How many people die from asthma?​

8. Impact of asthma on quality of life

10. Costs of asthma

The interactive data visualisations across this web report provide data and information for each indicator. Given the diversity of content, a mixture of data sources has been used. Hence, the year of data available for reporting will vary for the information presented for each indicator.


NAC (National Asthma Council Australia) 2018. National Asthma Strategy 2018. Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia.