National Cervical Screening Program

From 1 December 2017, the NCSP changed to 5-yearly cervical screening, for women aged 25–74.

Participation in the new 5-year program cannot be properly reported until there are 5 years of data available. In the interim, preliminary estimates have been calculated, including a single year estimate of participation for 2018.

In 2018:

  • Almost 1.8 million women aged 25–74 participated in the NCSP, an estimated participation rate of 54%.
  • Nationally women aged 45-49 had the highest participation.

Explore the latest participation data by age, state and territory below. PHN and SA3 data will be added using a staged approach for future releases of this report.

Quarterly activity data for the National Cervical Screening Program will also be added into data tables and visualisations in future releases of this report.

About the National Cervical Screening Program

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), began in 1991. It aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, illness and deaths in Australia. The NCSP originally targeted women aged 20–69 for a 2-yearly Papanicolaou (Pap) smear, or ‘Pap test’ to detect precancerous abnormalities of the cervix. From 1 December 2017, the NCSP changed to 5-yearly cervical screening, for women aged 25–74 using a primary human papilloma virus (HPV) test with partial HPV genotyping and reflex liquid-based cytology triage (‘Cervical Screening Test’). Data in this report are for women aged 25–74 screened under the new screening program. For the first monitoring report for the new NCSP including data from the National Cancer Screening Register see the AIHW report National Cervical Screening Program Monitoring report 2019.

Participation by age, state and territory and year

Explore the data in the visualisation below.

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