Key messages

  • Victorian Data Linkages (VDL) was established with funding from state and national government departments and bodies to establish new data linkage capacity in Victoria.
  • The aims of VDL include providing population-wide linked data for researchers, and creating research opportunities.
  • Establishing the program involves creating a linkage system that is accurate and secure, and facilitating its use by researchers.

Victorian Data Linkages (VDL) has been established with funding from the Victorian Government Department of Business and Innovation (DBI), the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science and Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to develop new data linkage capacity in Victoria.

VDL is also a state node of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) 

Aims of VDL

The aims of VDL are to:

  • provide population-wide linked data to researchers while adhering to Victorian privacy principles
  • build skills in, and promote research using linked data in Victoria
  • create opportunities for Victorian researchers to undertake innovative, world-class research using linkable data drawn from existing datasets.

VDL proposed growth

In order to achieve these goals, VDL will:

  • create a Victorian data linkage system focusing broadly on data collections that, when combined, will support research into health and wellbeing
  • ensure the accurate, efficient and secure creation of a linkage map between these datasets
  • facilitate the use of linked datasets by researchers
  • develop protocols and procedures to ensure that the use of data by VDL and release of data to researchers adheres to health privacy principles
  • participate in the Population Health Research Network.

Anticipated outcomes

Anticipated outcomes from VDL include:

  • increased population health research achievements
  • extension of national data linkage capacity through the Population Health Research Network
  • increased knowledge and skill in the research community using linked data.