SA-NT DataLink
Supporting health, social and economic research, education and policy in South Australia and the Northern Territory.


Available Datasets

The SA NT DataLink system links records generated from bringing together a remarkable range of datasets, able to be quality matched and provided from the enduring longitudinal Master Linkage File.  Data Custodians provide regular data updates to SA NT DataLink for linkage (e.g. name, date of birth, sex, address) to enable DataLink to maintain the Master Linkage Mapping of linked records across all of the various data sources, each governed by legal Deed of Agreements between SA NT DataLink and the Data Custodians.

Printable list of routinely updated datasets and the years for which the data is available (as at 18 August 2023).

Importantly, in addition to the above hyperlink list of routinely updated data sources at SA NT DataLink, we actively facilitate the linking of other data for one off approved projects. This includes project cohorts, registries and other non-routinely updated data sources from both the Non-Government and Government sectors.

Through SA NT DataLink working with other jurisdictional data linkage facilities as member of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN), including the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW), we actively facilitate access to a significant range of linked Australian government data for both research and analysis purposes. The Australian government data that is available for detailed analysis includes the:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) 
  • National Death Index (NDI)
  • National Cancer Database
  • National Aged Care Data
  • Centrelink records
  • National Death data

Approval to receive access and use of linked unit record level data for both analysis and ethical research through SA NT DataLink, is subject to Data Custodian approval, and ethical approvals as required, with deeds of confidentiality & compliance signed by people accessing data.

SA NT DataLink looks forward to being able to work with you to provide innovative and worthwhile access to linked data, noting that due to limited funding there is a partial cost-recovery fee charged, based on the amount of work needed to be performed. 

For copies of available metadata, please contact SA NT DataLink