The National Health Workforce Data Set (NHWDS) is a combination of registration and survey data collected through the registration renewal process for registered health practitioners.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • SLA
  • RA
  • SA2
  • SA3
  • SA4

Temporal coverage 

from 28/4/2011 to 31/10/2017

Geographical coverage

National and State

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Data cubes
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Data scope 

Registered Health practitioners in these professions:

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental practitioner
  • Medical practitioner
  • Osteopath
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Medical radiation practitioner
  • Chinese medicine practitioner
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.

Paramedicine to be added from late 2018 (to be available mid 2019).


Admin data


Metadata information, data quality statement (DQS)

Note these DSS refer to the AIHW processed versions and are out of date but contain some useful background information.


Note These DSS specifications do not cover all of the variables and a number of changes have been made to the survey.


Even the name of the collection is slightly different (now called Workforce rather than Labour force). Another example is the Registered health professional – hours worked in public sector, total hours NNN is now collected for clinical or direct client contact hours rather

than total hours.

External links and information


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Health workforce data (Department of Health and Aged Care)


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