National Cervical Screening Program

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), established in 1991, aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, illness and death from cervical cancer 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. Data presented in this report are for women screened under the previous program, so use the target age group of 20–69 appropriate to that program.

Latest screening participation data are currently only available in the data tables, with visualisations to be added in future releases of this report.