Why we have a data strategy
We want to help researchers access data for research that delivers better health, aged care and wellbeing for all Australians. The Department of Health and Aged Care Data Strategy 2022–25 is all about harnessing the power of data for this purpose.
Releasing data but protecting privacy
Sharing and releasing data helps us all get better value out of data. We make data available safely and ethically. Our aim is to:
improve public benefit from increased data use
release information in a timely manner
release relevant information
protect individual privacy
approve, extract and release data in an efficient manner.
Some health data is provided by people who make claims to the Australian Government for payment of health services. The Australian Government has a legal responsibility to keep their personal information secure and private.
Learn more about health and medical research and privacy on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.
When ethical approval is needed
Researchers require ethics review from their institution for any research involving humans or access to personal information. Learn more from the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
handle your personal information (including your email address)
record website visits
link to other websites.
If you are researching a personal health condition, visit our health topics or the healthdirect website. You can also manage your health care information online on the Services Australia website.
If you want information about clinical trials that are underway, see the Australian Clinical Trials website.
Legislation governs our data strategy
National legislation governs our data policy to ensure confidentiality and privacy of information. These are: