Fees and Charges

Fees and Charges

Access charges

Data Linkage Unit

Charges usually apply for client services, linkage, geocoding or extraction requests that fall outside core activities. Each data linkage unit within the PHRN has its own independent fee structure. Funds derived from these charges assist in supporting staff and equipment used for the on-going development of the linkage system.

The cost of linkage varies for each project. The fee is based on a number of factors, commonly including:

  • the number of datasets from which information is requested;
  • number of years;
  • number of individuals in the study;
  • class of user/s; and
  • whether the study involves linking a dataset that has not previously been linked.

If you would like a quote for a grant or to scope your single jurisdiction project, please contact the Client Services Officer of the Data Linkage Unit(s) which covers the jursidiction(s) that your data will come from. For a cross- or multi-jurisdictional linked data project, a quote can be requested via the PHRN Online Application System.

Data Custodians

Data Custodians and providers of data for Data Linkage Projects are able to seek a fee or reimbursement of their costs incurred in supplying the data required for Linkage Projects.


Under current funding arrangements, there is no charge for this service to PHRN partners and their stakeholders.


Charges for using SURE were introduced on 1 January 2013.  The fees support the operational costs of maintaining SURE and providing support services to users.  Estimates of SURE access charges are calculated based on project duration, user numbers and computing resources required by users for the project. Fees indicated are exclusive of GST.

If you are preparing a grant application for a project, please send a short email to SURE with the project title, number of investigators on the research team, the expected commencement date and the expected duration of the project.  The SURE Team will be happy to provide an estimate of access charges, even if your study is only in the early stages of planning.  However, please note that estimates of access charges may be subject to change depending on project commencement date and finalisation of project set-up requirements.

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PHRN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission to our staff. In line with advice on social distancing, all staff at PHRN program office have moved to work from home. Staff are currently all working in line with our usual work patterns and our landline numbers are being diverted to staff at home, so will either be answered, or it will be possible to leave a voicemail. Please bear with us as we move to this new way of working. We will be participating in any meetings we need to attend remotely via Zoom. We are reviewing our work plans in light of the current situation and will make changes as required to ensure we are serving our network, researchers and community in this changing situation.

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WA Department of Health is seeking to establish a contract for the provision of an expert resource which will provide consultation to the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Tourism and Industry on a joint initiative. The ‘Strategic Linkage Advisor’, will provide strategic linkage advice, research, analysis, stakeholder management and inter-governmental coordination on matters relating to data linkage.