The NPDC is a national population-based cross-sectional collection of data on pregnancy and childbirth. The data are based on births reported to the perinatal data collection in each state and territory in Australia. Midwives and other birth attendants complete notification forms for each birth using information obtained from mothers and from hospital or other records. A standard de-identified extract is provided to the AIHW annually.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • 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)
  • Restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of data in this holding.

Data scope

All stillbirths and neonatal deaths occurring in the state or territory of at least 20 weeks gestation or 400 grams birthweight. Stillbirths include Fetus Papyraceous and Fetus Compressus if they meet the definition of the National Perinatal Data Collection.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Perinatal NMDS 2014–2018

Perinatal DSS 2015–16

Perinatal DQS

Maternity Information Matrix


External links and information 

Mothers and babies publications