The National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse (the Data Clearinghouse) is an independent and central repository of national aged care data.

The Data Clearinghouse holdings are complex and include a relational database comprising 70+tables, most of these relate to the aged care programs operating under the Aged Care Act 1997.

The holdings include activity data for residential aged care programs, community-based aged care packages, Transition Care program (TCP), aged care assessment programs (including the Regional Assessment Services and the Aged Care Assessment Program), Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). In addition, the holdings include recipient details, payment subsidies, and service (facility/provider) details. These data are refreshed annually (means a full replacement of historical data too) by the Department of Health and are sourced from the Human Services payment systems, centralised client record systems and minimum datasets.

In addition, since 2019 the holdings include National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program data and Consumer Experience Report data.

Collection details

Temporal coverage 

from 1/7/1997 to 30/6/2020

Geographical coverage


Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

Data scope 

All activity in Australian Government-funded aged care services, including assessment, community-based care and residential aged care. Details available on providers and recipients.

Quarterly data for three indicator sets defined in the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program Manual 1.0 (the Program Manual) which is available on the Department’s website.

Indicators defined in the Program Manual are for:

  • Pressure injuries
  • Use of physical restraint
  • Unplanned weight loss

Consumer Experience Report data are collected from a sample of clients in residential aged care facilities as part of the (typically) 3-yearly accreditation site visits. The collection comprises 10 items regarding the experience of care, to which the client (or a representative, if required) responds on a 4- or 5-point scale.


Admin data



Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS) 

No formal metadata at the data item level exists.

An AIHW-prepared data quality statement is available for the Data Clearinghouse as a whole, and for the ACFI data.
Details of the three indicator sets defined in the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program Manual 1.0 (the Program Manual) which is available on the Department's website.


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