An information asset is a discrete collection of information or data that is recognised as valuable to an organisation. Assets may include data collections, publications, reports, guides, manuals, lists and registers.
What information does the Department of Health hold?
All significant assets (that is, those that are of high value or high risk or are required to be registered for legislative or other reasons) are recorded in the Information Asset Register.
The Register provides brief information about each asset, its description and purpose. The table below describes the Register entries:
The name of the information asset
Abbreviation or acronym that the asset is known by (if any)
A short description of the information asset and the data/information it contains.
The reason(s) the information is collected or produced and how it is used.
Assets have content that is Analytical, Published, or Transactional.
Analytical means that the information is a product of analysis or is aggregated data.
Published means that the information is available publicly, usually via a webpage or a report
Transactional is data collected from external agencies or generated by the department and is often unit record data
Active means the asset is current and may be periodically updated
Inactive means the asset is no longer being updated, although it may still be in use
Indicates whether the asset contains information that is classed as ‘personal’ which means that it may be possible to identify or reasonably ascertain the identity of an individual.
Indicates the format of the information.
Aggregate means the data has been subtotalled or totalled by categories (for example, Total number of patients admitted to hospital, by Gender)
Narrative means the asset contains words rather than data (for example, a report, a guide, or a procedure)
Unit record means that each ‘line’ of data represents one ‘thing’ (for example, a housing data collection may collect a set of attributes about each accommodation asset)
The division of the department that has overall responsibility for the management of the asset
Data from an asset may be available to researchers, organisations, and members of the public as long as the proposed use of the data meets legislative and privacy requirements. Some assets contain identifying and/or sensitive information and access to data may be restricted.
There may be other information available that is not listed in the Register for a number of reasons. If there is data about a service that the department delivers that you would like to access, contact .
Access to additional published and authored information assets
Reviewed 11 April 2022