Data Linkage Access and Charging Policy

Access to linked dataCan refer to: (1) the demographic data used in the Data Linkage process; or (2) information pertaining to services provided to people or their clinical information (available only from Data Custodians, including via CARES). is granted to researchers who meet the requirements of the Data Linkage Access and Charging Policy and the requirements of a human research ethics committee.

View the Access and Charging Policy (PDF, 370KB)

For queries relating to DLBData Linkage Branch: the specialist team at the Department of Health who are responsible for developing and maintaining the WA Data Linkage System, performing data linkage, and the facilitation of access to linked data. policies, please contact Tom Eitelhuber at

Practice Code for the Use of Personal Health Information

All applicants must read and adhere to the Practice Code for the Use of Personal Health Information 

Department of Health Policies

There are several Department of Health policies related to data release which impact on the core data collections. These can be found at:

Information Access and Disclosure Policy

Guidelines for the Release of Data

Data Stewardship and Custodianship Policy

Information Lifecycle Management Policy

WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures

WA Health Research Governance and Single Ethical Review Standard Operating Procedures

Information regarding WA Health Research Governance 

Information pertaining to WA Health Research Governance can now be found on the new site at, this includes:

WA Health Research Governance Framework

Multi-centre research

Research governance  (lists RGO contact details)

Research governance forms

Information regarding Research Ethics

Research ethics (lists HRECHuman Research Ethics Committee contact details)