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The National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse (NACDC) brings together client, assessment and service information from a number of sources:

  • The Department of Social Services provides information on services, providers, places and people, as well as associated details of the aged care system
  • The Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP) Minimum Data Set captures assessments conducted by the Aged Care Assessment Teams prior to entry into aged care
  • The Department of Human Services provides information on payments and associated elements
  • The Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program Minimum Data Set collects data on people in the program and the assistance given to them
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics supplies statistical and reference data relating to population and locations.

Data security 

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.

Data coverage 

Time 

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).

Aged care programs 

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).

Variables 

Some variables that are available for study include:

  • people in aged care (as obtained from assessment records), such as by
    • age, sex and marital status
    • location (by service location, ACAT location, aged care planning region, statistical local area, local government area or state)
    • self-reported Indigenous status, language spoken at home, and country of birth
  • service providers and facilities, such as by
    • ownership type, location, and size by number of beds (by service provider or facility)
    • status (e.g. approved, accredited or operational status)
  • type of aged care service received, and care needs and conditions that affect care needs (such as those recorded in the ACFI), where applicable
  • payments made to providers and the number of claim days
  • hours of care provided and care type or level, where applicable
  • admissions, separations and number of places by aged care service type.

NACDC metadata and supporting documentation

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.

Other sources of aged care data 

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.