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The National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse (NACDC) brings together client, assessment and service information from a number of sources:
The NACDC holds and manages data according to AIHW's established security, privacy and confidentiality principles. Access to aged care data is subject to protocols that manage confidentiality risks and other concerns about potential data misuse. In some cases, an AIHW Ethics Committee approval may be required before access to aged care data is permitted.
There are data available for all recipients of government-funded aged care from 1997 onwards, including prior activity data for those in care in 1997. Data are available over time, for example by financial year, as well as at a given point in time, such as a stocktake as at 30 June. The data are refreshed annually to include the previous financial year ending in June (the refresh fully replaces historical data, where applicable).
The data mostly relate to government-funded aged care programs operating under the Aged Care Act 1997. These include both care delivery programs (residential aged care, Home Care, and Transition Care) and assessment programs under the Act (ACAP and ACFI). Some programs not covered by the Act are also included, such as the Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program (now the Commonwealth Home Support Programme).
Some variables that are available for study include:
The AIHW is in the process of developing and collating a range of metadata to support the National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse and related aged care data held by AIHW. Below are links to existing supporting materials.
While the NACDC is a central repository of aged care data in Australia, some information is also available from other sources. The Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services offers a general overview of government service provision. Chapter 13 deals specifically with the aged care system and includes a number of appendix tables with detailed data on aged care programs, places and funding. State and territory departments that provide data on aged care within their jurisdictions include the Department of Health in Victoria and Western Australia, and the NSW Department of Family & Community Services.
The Department of Social Services is the Commonwealth government body responsible for ageing and aged care policy and programs, and publishes a wide variety of resources, including a large number of publications regarding ageing and aged care research and statistics. Some of the most frequently accessed publications are listed below.