National Health Information Strategy Online Consultation

Closed 27 Mar 2020

Opened 14 Feb 2020


The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) has tasked, via its Health Services Principal Committee and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), an Independent Expert Panel to develop a National Health Information Strategy (NHIS).

The NHIS must deliver a coordinated national health information system that is unified in purpose and addresses intersecting aspects of health and wellbeing, including the social determinants of health, over the life course of individuals. It must bring together comprehensive data and information from private and public sources and relevant sectors. The challenges of disparate legislative, regulatory, and technical arrangements must be overcome to ensure that health data are high-quality, and shared and used in timely way for the benefit of all.

A Framework for the National Health Information Strategy has been developed to aid the consultation phase of this project. Please read the NHIS Framework, linked at the bottom of this page, prior to completing the survey questions.

Why We Are Consulting

The AIHW acknowledges the importance of engagement with stakeholders. It is hoped that the consultation will help identify issues and views, and build stakeholder confidence that the interests of stakeholders in all areas of health information are taken into account when developing the national strategy.

In addition to seeking comments through this online process, the Independent Expert Panel are conducting broad consultations across at forums across Australia to inform the development of the NHIS. Participants are from the health, government, research, consumer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and non-government sectors. The views submitted in this online consultation will be considered alongside those collected during the consultation forums.


Submission instructions

This public consultation is open until 11:59pm on Friday 27 March 2020.

Interested parties are invited to make a submission by this due date. In order for us to consider your feedback, all submissions must be made directly through the Online Survey link below. This will then allow us to include your response in the analysis of all responses and maintain the integrity and transparency of the public online submission process.

Share your views on some or all of the consultation questions, or simply express your views or ideas in the general comments section at the end of the survey.

You can save your responses and return to the survey at any time up until the closing date using the save and return link provided. Please also note the response ID given. In the event you lose the link we are only able to retrieve your response and generate a new link if you provide us with your email address in survey question one on the introduction page.


How we will use your responses

Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Your response is being provided to the Independent Expert Panel through the AIHW and will be used to inform the development of the National Health Information Strategy.

Please note that this is a public submission process and your submission may be published on the AIHW website. Submission information may also be shared within the AIHW for the purposes of supporting the Independent Expert Panel in drafting the National Health Information Strategy.

The AIHW retains the right not to publish responses at its discretion, and will not include on the website responses that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the consultation.

Additionally, the views expressed in the responses are those of the individuals or organisations who submit them and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by the AIHW.

Your privacy and confidentiality is important to us. Your name and/or your organisation name can be anonymised. You can indicate your level of consent for this once you enter the survey.

Please note the AIHW will be unable to accept:

  • confidential information that you do not wish to make public;
  • comments which, in the opinion of the AIHW, are inappropriate;
  • responses received after the consultation deadline (11.59pm on Friday 27 March 2020); and
  • submissions that are not submitted through the online Survey Link.

If you have any questions in relation to this consultation process please email the NHIS Support Team at

What Happens Next

The Independent Expert Panel will take the views collected during the consultation into consideration when developing the National Health Information Strategy. The final strategy will be submitted to AHMAC for consideration in late 2020.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Informatics
  • Research
  • Health technology
  • Clinical technology
  • Consumer rights
  • Primary health care