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Our operating environment

We publish extensive policy-relevant health and welfare information to assist policymakers, health care, housing and community service providers, researchers, and all levels of government (see Chapter 2: Our products and services). We develop, maintain and promote statistical information standards for the health, community services and housing assistance sectors.

Accurate statistical information, comprehensive data development and high quality analyses support an increased understanding of health and welfare issues. Our work creates an evidence base to drive changes in policy and service delivery, which has a direct impact on the lives of Australians.

There is also interest in the generation of integrated information, obtainable through data linkage and other data analytic techniques (see Chapter 2: Our products and services). The creation of expanded data sets improves our understanding of client or patient journeys and population outcomes.