The Australian Government's Declaration of Open Government in July 2010 affirmed its commitment to open government through the provision of accessible and reusable government information.
data.gov.au provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government.
Datasets relating to social security payments, as paid by the Department of Human Services through Centrelink, include:
You can browse our data collections for details on the formats available for AIHW data and information.
The Reports and statistics section provides access to all our publications divided into topic clusters for easy reference:
Consistent with the whole-of-government approach to making government information publicly available, the Department of Health's Data Access and Release Policy encourages the release of data to support research, consumer information and policy decisions, while meeting its legal and contractual obligations to respect privacy, recognise intellectual property and manage risks.
The statistics section of the Australian Bureau of Statistics website gives you access to the full range of its statistical and reference information. You can browse data by topics such as:
Your state or territory health department may also have data for public use. Check their websites:
The decision to release data is governed by legislation and contractual agreements between Australian Government departments and agencies.
Examples of relevant legislation include:
The Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Social Security, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare collaborate to support the research community in providing information that can assist with better health and welfare research outcomes.
Where statistical information is not available publicly, you may request ad-hoc statistical reporting. This level of reporting allows access to reports and information at a statistical aggregate level and focuses on specific counts (that is, payment population by state or territory by age).
All ad-hoc requests are assessed against legislation and privacy principles and bilateral agreements with partner policy agencies, to determine if the information can be lawfully disclosed for a secondary purpose.
Release considerations include:
Charges may be levied to cover the costs of ad-hoc statistical data preparation.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Review AIHW data on request.
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Department of Human Services
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Phone the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email email@example.com
Data linkage brings together information from different sources to create a new, richer datasets that can tell a bigger story. It is cost-effective because it re-uses existing data sets.
Data linkage involves identifying and combining information from corresponding records on each dataset. The end product is a consolidated record comprising some data from each dataset.
Where linkage of data uses Australian Government data, strict requirements apply for collecting and releasing the linked data. The Australian Government’s data integration principles require an accredited integrating authority to link the data, if the data steward considers the project to be high risk. The integrating authority is accountable for the implementation of a data integration project and must ensure that risks have been assessed, managed and mitigated throughout the project, in line with agreed requirements of data custodians.
For projects that will link Australian Government data, contact the AIHW Data Integration Services Centre firstname.lastname@example.org for initial advice, help designing your research project and getting it approved, and a cost estimate. The Australian Government’s two other accredited integrating authorities are the:
Email email@example.com after reviewing the AIHW data linkage services brochure (2MB PDF).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance through the approvals process.
The National Statistical Service website has more information.
Email email@example.com or read ABS' skills and experience in data integration.
Read Statistical Data Integration involving Commonwealth Data.
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