Page last updated: 13 November 2017

The National Cervical Screening Program has been operating since 1991.

If you participate in cervical screening, your personal information is collected by healthcare providers including pathologists for the purpose of conducting cervical screening tests. This information has and continues to be shared with state and territory cervical screening program registers, which acts as a safety net for people who participate in screening.

From 1 December 2017 the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) commences operation, and will start receiving information from healthcare providers including pathologists in order to provide the national safety net function similar to that which has been performed for many years by state and territory governments.

The National Cancer Screening Register is operated by the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is authorised to collect and disclose information for these purposes through the National Cancer Screening Register Act 2016, and has obligations through this Act and the Privacy Act 1988 to protect your personal information, including who has access to it and how it is handled.

More detail about privacy, your rights and our obligations will be made available by 1 December through links on this website.