The AIHW produces high-quality reports and other information products, on key health and welfare issues in Australia. These are used to improve the delivery of health and welfare for Australians.

Key roles:

  • provide accurate statistical information
  • develop and collect comprehensive data
  • analyse and report on data (from national data collections we have custody of, and from other credible data sources)
  • develop and improve performance indicators and targets for national agreements
  • provide data linkage services, which must be approved first by our Ethics Committee
  • develop and maintain national metadata standards, housed in METeOR, the Metadata Electronic Online Repository.

In gathering, handling and releasing data, we comply with the law and our governance obligations. This includes protecting individual privacy. It also includes meeting government requirements to release information under the Information Publication Scheme.

Our capability statement talks more about our role and services. Our Corporate Plan 2017–18 to 2020–21 provides more detail on our purpose, practices and capabilities.


We collaborate and have data partnerships with many experts from around Australia, including:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics and other Australian Government departments
  • state and territory governments
  • local governments
  • universities
  • research centres
  • non-government organisations
  • international organisations.

We have in place many partnership agreements and memorandums of understanding, including with:

  • Department of Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Cancer Australia
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies.