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 COVID-19 Offering

Our network remains open. The network is interoperable and can source expertise, technology and data from around the country. Our expert staff are highly qualified and experienced in linkage of patient data, including population-based administrative data (such as hospital admissions, notifiable diseases and death data) as well as linkage of research cohort data. In addition, we provide secure file transfer and secure remote access services. We are able to work with other NCRIS capabilities to deliver coordinated access to national research infrastructure.

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