Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Agency overview
Formed 5 June 1987[1]
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Employees 322 (at April 2016)[2]
Agency executives
  • Barry Sandison, CEO
  • Mrs Louise Markus, Board Chairperson

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is Australia's national agency for information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare. Statistics and data developed by the AIHW are used extensively to inform discussion and policy decisions on health, community services and housing assistance. Under Australia's constitution, health and welfare services are primarily delivered by the states and territories, who are also mainly responsible for the collection of statistics on these services. A fundamental aim of the Institute is to promote consistency among national, state and territory statistics, in order to produce comprehensive national data of the highest standard.

The AIHW is an Australian Government statutory agency established under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987. The Act contains very strong confidentiality protections for all data held, and requires the AIHW to publish two key biennial reports in alternate years: Australia’s health and Australia’s welfare. Numerous other reports are produced each year, all of which are available free of charge on the AIHW website.[3]

The AIHW values objectivity, responsiveness, accessibility, privacy, expertise, and innovation.

The AIHW mission is: Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing.

In 2016, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Hospital Performance Authority merged.[4]