Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare METeOR Home Page

Government health expenditure NMDS 2014-

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term540601
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 04/12/2013
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The scope of the Government health expenditure national minimum data set (GHE NMDS) is direct government and government-funded expenditure on health and health-related goods and services.

The purpose of the GHE NMDS is to provide an enhanced understanding of the overall financial resources (recurrent and capital) used by the health system, and of unit costs and performance; to enable greater comparability of health expenditure data between jurisdictions and over time; and to provide a more efficient compilation of national reports and analyses on government funded health expenditure.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this termProviders of health or health related goods and services or non-health services that support the health services industry; health or health related functions; and the sources of funds for these providers or functions.
Guide for use:Help on this term

The GHE NMDS consists of five mandatory data clusters and one conditional data cluster.

The first two data elements named in each data cluster form one of the two axes of a matrix that combine to provide all data in Australian dollars.

Data are to be reported in Australian dollars, except when reporting the state/territory identifier of the jurisdiction.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Data are collected by a number of providers from their administrative systems and forwarded to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (for example, monthly).

Hospitals forward data obtained from patient administrative and clinical record systems to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (for example, monthly). Other data are obtained either directly from annual reports or through surveys.

National reporting arrangements:

State and Territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated:

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2014
Comments:Help on this term


Public health has been defined by the National Public Health Partnership (1998) as: "The organised response by society to protect and promote health, and to prevent illness, injury and disability. The starting point for identifying public health issues, problems and priorities, and for designing and implementing interventions, in the population as a whole, or population sub-group."

This data collection covers information from Commonwealth health agencies, Commonwealth specific purpose payments for public health and state and territory health departments and will therefore underestimate the 'effort' in public health.

Where possible, jurisdictions will note where public health expenditure is undertaken by non-health departments, or in parts of the health department where it is not possible to separate the public health components such as some aspects of service delivery by hospitals, and it is therefore not possible to report this expenditure.

Scope links with other NMDSs

  • Public hospital establishments NMDS
  • Mental health establishments NMDS

    Glossary items

    Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.


    Ambulatory care

    Emergency department

    Emergency department - public hospital

    Geographic indicator

    Hospital-in-the-home care

    Outpatient clinic service

    Public health


    Residential mental health care service

    Revenue (other revenue)

    Revenue (patient)

    Revenue (recoveries)

  • Source and reference attributes

    Submitting organisation:Help on this termHealth Expenditure Advisory Committee

    Relational attributes

    Related metadata references:Help on this term

    Supersedes Government health expenditure NMDS 2009-14 Health, Superseded 04/12/2013

    Metadata items in this Data Set SpecificationHelp on this term

    Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
    1Government health expenditure organisation revenue data element clusterMandatory1
    2Government health expenditure organisation expenditure data element clusterMandatory1
    3Government health expenditure organisation expenditure purchase of goods and services data element clusterMandatory1
    4Government health expenditure organisation expenditure employee related data element clusterMandatory1
    5Government health expenditure organisation expenditure capital consumption data element clusterMandatory1
    6Government health expenditure function revenue data element clusterConditional1
    7Jurisdiction—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
    My items Help on this term
    Download Help on this term