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National Benchmarking Portal

The National Benchmarking Portal (NBP) is a secure website-based application that provides public access to insights from data collected by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). 

IHPA believes that open access to data, alongside appropriate privacy protections, will enhance policy decisions and improve patient outcomes. IHPA has made the NBP publicly available to allow these insights to be accessed by a wider audience including clinicians, hospital managers, researchers and the general public.

Currently, the benchmarking portal includes insights from data collected over three years: 2017–18, 2018–19 and 2019–20, in three cost per national weighted activity unit (NWAU) dashboards, this includes:

  1. Overview 
  2. Cost detail
  3. NWAU detail.

Each dashboard contains a combination of indicators and graphs that compare data for one year to the previous year. Comparisons can also be drawn by filtering data through other variables such as ‘State’, ‘Local hospital network’, ‘Hospital’, ‘Stream’ and ‘Peer group’. 

All data is aggregated using common variables including hospitals or establishments, classification end-class, care stream and month of separation. If a user selects filters that result in a sample size less of than 30 records, indicators and charts are masked in order to maintain confidentiality and statistical robustness. 

To help you navigate the portal, the following supporting documents and resources are available in the portal:

  • User Guide – Contains detailed instructions on how to use the NBP, with guidance on understanding the features, applying filters based on streams, care types and location, and developing graphs that draw meaningful results.
  • Technical Specifications – Specifies the data sources utilised within the NBP, and background to the preparation undertaken in the development of the portal.

It is important that users of the NBP familiarise themselves with the supporting User Guide, as it contains detailed instructions on the navigation of the dashboards and proper interpretation of the data.

Access the National Benchmarking Portal.

IHPA has also developed an instructional video to guide users through the new portal.

Watch a practical walk-through of the portal in the short video ‘Navigating the National Benchmarking Portal’, and to learn how to use and interpret the data within the portal.

For enquiries regarding the NBP please email: enquiries.ihpa [at] ihpa.gov.au.

Hospital acquired complications and avoidable hospital readmissions dashboards

Benchmarking information on hospital acquired complications and avoidable hospital readmissions is intended to be available through the National Benchmarking Portal  in early 2023. Until then, benchmarking information on these indicators can be found through My Hospitals, hosted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and in particular, Hospital Safety and Quality reports.