The RWT NMDS is a collation of records related to courses of radiotherapy that began in a reference period. The data collected includes administrative details, patient demographic characteristics and some clinical information. The database was primarily designed to enable reporting of waiting times for radiotherapy services which are calculated as the time between the patient's ready-for-care date and the date of the first megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory 

Data availability

  • Publications
  • 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

Establishments in scope are those public and private healthcare establishments that provide megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment (in-scope radiotherapy treatment).

It is mandatory for public establishments to report in-scope activity, including services provided by specialists operating under right of private practice arrangements. Private providers are encouraged to participate.

People in scope are those who started a course of radiotherapy treatment within the reference period. Scope is not limited by patient diagnosis: it includes people with cancer (notifiable and non-notifiable) and those who do not have cancer.


Admin data | Official

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Radiotherapy waiting times NMDS 2015-2018

Radiotherapy waiting times DSS 2013-15

External links and information 

Radiotherapy in Australia 2016–17