About the program register

Cervical screening registers currently operate in each state and territory. State and territory registers keep a confidential record of test results and provide a valuable, voluntary and confidential backup system.

Page last updated: 17 May 2017

Women’s details automatically go on the cervical screening register in their jurisdiction, unless they specifically ask not to be included.

The registers play an important role in data collection and quality control for the National Cervical Screening Program. The registers:

  • collect screening histories of individual women
  • provide the laboratory and/or the health practitioner with results of previous abnormal tests so that a more detailed evaluation can be done of the present sample if necessary
  • provide a safety net if women have not had follow-up of an abnormal test
  • send reminders to women overdue for routine screening
  • provide Australia-wide data on the epidemiology and natural history of pre-cancerous lesions.
If you want more information about the registers, to advise of a change of address, or if you would prefer to have your details removed from a register, contact your state or territory cervical screening register:

Victorian Cervical Cytology Register
NSW Pap Test Register
Tasmanian Cervical Cytology Register
ACT Cervical Cytology Register
QLD Pap Smear Register
NT Pap Smear Register
WA Cervical Screening Registry
SA Cervix Screening Registry

You can also contact the National Cervical Screening Program in your state or territory on 13 15 56 (for the cost of a local phone call).

Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program from 1 December 2017

A new National Cancer Screening Register will support the National Cervical Screening Program. The Register will replace the state and territory cervical screening registers at the discretion of each state and territory.

The Register will invite all women aged from 25 years to participate in the program and remind women when their next test is due.

Read more about the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.

The renewed National Cervical Screening Program

The Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program will be implemented on 1 December 2017.

Until the renewed National Cervical Screening Program is implemented, our world-class cervical cancer screening program will continue. It is important that women aged between 18-69 years continue to have Pap smears every two years and talk to their doctor or health care professional if they have any questions.

Read more about the Future changes to the National Cervical Screening Program 

More information for health care professionals on the arrangements for cervical cancer screening between now and 1 December 2017 is available on our FAQ page

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