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Data improvements

How can you help?

We are currently undertaking consultations focused on the data strategy and we welcome your involvement. Your insights are key to developing the aged care data strategy and improving the aged care data system.

As part of this work, we invited the public to attend one of two webinar events that covered our approach. The webinars were recorded and can be viewed via the following links:

  1. Webinar 1 October 5
  2. Webinar 2 October 12

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact us at [email protected].

For more information, please see the information guide for the data strategy, available here:

What is our goal?
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety made a number of data-related recommendations. Targeted actions to improve aged care data are needed, and it is important to put people at the centre of aged care. Arising from the recommendations, the Department of Health and Aged Care and AIHW have partnered to develop the:
National Aged Care Data Strategy (data strategy) The agreed vision for the future national aged care data system that describes why data improvements are needed and how they will be implemented.
Aged Care National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) A core set of standardised data elements agreed for mandatory collection and reporting at a national level about aged care.
National Aged Care Data Asset (data asset) A multi-source enduring linked data set that integrates people-centred data related to aged care.
These activities are focused on ensuring that people have access to the right data to make informed decisions about aged care. 

There are multiple perspectives and users of aged care data, so it is critical that an aged care data system supports:
  • people to make informed choices about their care
  • services to provide safe, high-quality and dignified care
  • government to administer and evaluate the aged care system
  • secondary users of data (such as academic researchers) to study the aged care system.
What have we learnt so far?

We have been building our understanding of exactly what data improvement is needed and what the priorities are. We have been consulting widely with the aged care sector, and seeking advice and input from government, aged care providers, peak bodies, researchers and the public. In early 2022, we circulated an issues paper and survey. 

The feedback we have heard has informed our understanding of data gaps and where data improvement is most needed, as well as the role of the NMDS. Find out more about what we have learnt from our initial consultations here:

Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988. The AIHW may collect your personal information in support of these aged care data improvement activities.

The information you provide in response to this issues paper will be used by the AIHW and shared with other parties for these purposes, however your personal information will only be shared where you have agreed or it is required or authorised by law.

You can obtain more information about the way in which the AIHW will manage your personal information in our Privacy Policy at