The AIHW is an independent Australian government agency with more than 30 years of experience working with health and welfare data.

Our role is to:

  • collect and manage data on health and welfare issues, including from state, territory and federal government agencies
  • analyse and turn data into useful information and reports to support better policy and service delivery decisions
  • make data available to state, territory and federal government agencies, universities, research centres, and non-government organisations.

Our Corporate Plan 2021–21 to 2023–24 provides more detail on our purpose, practices and capabilities.

Our stakeholders

We work with a broad range of stakeholders—with some of our relationships dating back to our establishment in 1987. We convene or participate in around 100 committees with experts from many different subject areas, meaning we're informed by contemporary best practice and a wide range of perspectives, 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 also 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.