The Victorian Cost Data Collection (VCDC) is an annual submission that collects patient level cost information about the services used to deliver care, across all hospital patient settings. The collection acquires cost data from metropolitan, regional and sub-regional Health Services as per the Victorian Health Policy and Funding Guidelines.

The cost data is used to:

  • Refine the existing Victorian funding models and assist in the development of future funding models;
  • Enable analysis of cost data across health services;
  • Inform development of budget proposals;
  • Analyse the cost of health care;
  • Perform comparative benchmarking;
  • Inform best practice quality improvement initiatives; and
  • Meet the cost data requirements of the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA), via the National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC).

VCDC Documentation for reporting of cost data

VCDC: Deriving cost buckets
VCDC: Data definition specification 2018-19
VCDC: Reporting requirements, data specifications, business rules and guidelines 
VCDC: Reconciliation report 2018-19
VCDC: Schema 2018-19


To view previous VCDC documents, visit VCDC archive.

Contact details

  • Victorian Cost Data Collection

    Department of Health & Human Services

    For more information and advice about clinical costing in Victoria's public hospitals.

Contact details

  • HDSS Helpdesk

    Department of Health & Human Services

    For information and advice about standards, specifications and data quality processes for the VAED, VEMD, ESIS, AIMS, VINAH, F1 and VCDC.