Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. The virus can cause both acute and chronic infection, ranging from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a serious lifelong illness that may cause cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer or liver failure if left untreated. In Australia, the main route of transmission of the hepatitis C virus is through injecting drug use. While there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C infection, new treatments can cure hepatitis C in more than 90% of cases.
For the latest estimates of the number of people living with hepatitis C, diagnosed with hepatitis C, people with RNA confirmed hepatitis C, number of people on treatment, and the number of people who have been cured, please refer to the National Hepatitis C Strategy page.
You can explore the latest hepatitis C data from Australia in the data dashboard below.
Choose the population of interest from the drop down menus.
Hover the mouse over the charts and tables to reveal further details.
These graphics are best viewed in full screen by clicking the box icon to the bottom-right of the tables.
You can export a PDF version of the selected view by clicking the download icon below the dashboard.
You will find a link to notification rate maps in the side bar menu.
Please note that the notification rates presented below are age standardised.
Source of data: National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System.