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The Centre for Victorian Data Linkage

Key messages

  • The Centre for Victorian Data Linkages (CDVL) is implementing a cost-recovery model from 1 October 2021 so that the linkage service can continue sustainably. The CVDL’s cost-recovery model is in line with models used by similar data linkage agencies. Cost recovery will apply to all data linkage requests, except those received from Victorian Government agencies.
  • The aims of the CVDL include providing population-wide linked data for the Victorian government, academic and clinical researchers, and creating research opportunities.
  • The CVDL is driven to create a linkage system that is accurate and secure, and to facilitate its use across the research sectors.

The Centre for Victorian Data Linkage (CVDL) is a specialist data linkage unit established in 2009 with funding from the national Population Health Research Network (PHRN) and the Victorian Government.

The CVDL is based in the Victorian Agency of Health Information (VAHI) in the Department of Health.

The CVDL is an accredited Commonwealth Integrating Authority, which means that integration of high risks projects involving the Commonwealth data for statistical and research purposes is undertaken safely and securely.

The CVDL creates and maintains linkages via its Victorian Linkage Map (VLM) and the Integrated Data Resource (IDR), a de-identified linked data asset of health, human services and other administrative and clinical datasets.

The CVDL aims to:

  • provide trusted population-wide linkable data to researchers and policy makers to support evidence-based insights to improve planning and service delivery, while adhering to Victorian privacy principles
  • develop new data linkage capacity in Victoria and extend the capability for building a nationwide data linkage infrastructure
  • facilitate and create opportunities for Victorian researchers to undertake innovative, world-class research using linkable data drawn from existing datasets.

The CVDL operating model is governed by several Acts and Regulations such as the Victorian Health Records Acts 2001, the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, Health Privacy Principles (HPP) and the Information Privacy Principles (IPP) from respective Acts.

The CVDL will provide more information on the associated costs shortly. In the meantime, to find out more about how the CVDL can assist you please email us at cvdl@health.vic.gov.au.

The Centre for Victorian Data Linkage consists of three teams

  • The Client Services role is to initially assess the linkage technical feasibility of your research project, and assist with the administration and coordination of your project from the application stage through to the delivery of the linked data.
  • The Linkage team has access to identifiable data only. The team facilitates linking of your study cohort (if relevant) to the Victorian Linkage Map (LM), assigns a linkage key to each record, removes identifying information before passing the de-identified file to the Content team.
  • The Content team has access to the content/clinical data only. The Content team provides guidance, and advise on the content variables available in the Integrated Data Resource (IDR). The Content team prepares, and finalises the Technical specifications before extracting the content variables as per project requirements.
  • To find out more about how the Centre for Victorian Data Linkages can assist you with your data linkage project email us at  cvdl@health.vic.gov.au.

Reviewed 03 March 2022

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Contact details

A member of the Victorian Data Linkages team will be in contact once we have received your enquiry.

The Centre for Victorian Data Linkage

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