The Strategic Committee for National Health Information (SCNHI) provides strategic advice to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in relation to its national health information work, including overall priorities, and the Institute's health sector performance reporting work in the context of the National Health Information Agreement (NHIA).

Terms of Reference

The SCNHI will:

  • Provide strategic advice to the Institute on national health information needs and priorities, including input to development and monitoring of the National Health Information Strategy, if AHMAC/HSPC requests that the Institute undertakes this work on their behalf.
  • Provide strategic advice to the Institute on its work to develop national health information infrastructure and to collate, analyse and report national health information
  • Provide strategic advice to the Institute on its work on health sector performance reporting, including in relation to the implementation and use of the Australian Health Performance Framework.
  • Provide advice on issues related to projects on the AHMAC funded Institute work plan.
  • Provide advice to the Institute for communications with AHMAC and other bodies about national health information issues.
  • Provide a forum for discussion and resolution of issues raised by the Institute’s National Health Data and Information Standards Committee as required.
    • Provide advice on the implications for the statistical system of new and emerging health information issues, and requirements for linkages to other sectors.
    • Advise on and or seek advice on opportunities to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, for example, by liaising with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee.
  • Consult with other AHMAC Principal Committees or Standing Committees and reporting as required to the HSPC.
    • Liaise with other Institute health information advisory committees as required. 


Membership of the SCNHI comprises of representatives of:

(a)        All jurisdictions

(b)        Other agencies:

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • National Health Funding Body

(c)        Any other members as determined necessary by the Institute.

Members must be senior officials, no lower than the third tier in any jurisdiction. This is to ensure sufficient authority to provide high level strategic advice, and make decisions or commitments on behalf of their jurisdiction.

Consumer representatives have not been included in the membership but will be invited to attend meetings when topics of relevance are discussed.

At the discretion of the Chair, Observers may be invited to attend meetings.  They can contribute at meetings, by contributing to discussions, by making oral presentations, by distributing documents at meetings through the Chair, or by engaging in other activities as appropriate and as approved by the Chair.


Secretariat support is provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Executive Secretariat Unit, Canberra.

Contact details for the Secretariat are:

Postal Address

SCNHI Secretariat

PO Box 570


ACT, 2601


(02) 6244 1137

Email address

[email protected]