Variation by remoteness of area of usual residence

In 2017–18, overall, the time within which 50% of presentations were seen was longest for people living in Major cities (21 minutes), and lowest for those living in Outer regional areas (15 minutes).

For Emergency and Urgent triage categories, the shortest time within which 50% of patients waited was for patients living in Remote areas. Those living in Major cities had the longest time within which 50% of patients waited for Urgent and Non-urgent categories.

See Tables 5.4 and S5.2 for caveat information on these data. Available to download in the data section.

Where to go for more information

More information on ED waiting times is available in tables S5.1–S5.3. for:

  • triage category and hospital peer group
  • triage category and remoteness of usual residence
  • triage category and socioeconomic status of usual residence.

Available to download in the data section.