Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Agency overview
Formed 15 November 1984[1]
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Employees 366 (at April 2013)[2]
Agency executive
  • ChDavid Kalisch, CEO

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.


  1. ^ CA 5374: Australian Institute of Health/(from 4 May 1992) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 December 2013 
  2. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13 (PDF), Australian Public Service Commission, p. 254, archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2013 
  3. ^ Australian Institute of Health and Welfare