News and Events

Here is where you will find the latest information on NCTS product releases and related news or events.

Important information

We have recently migrated to a new platform as a foundation for greater flexibility and functionality internally at the Agency and to better meet your needs into the future.

What changes will I notice?

  • Refreshed front end website.
  • Updated user account management including use of your registered email address as your primary login (no more
  • Organisation accounts with unlimited ‘Responsible Users’ for improved management of additional users and client credentials.
  • Release of FHIR R4 conformant endpoint.
  • Update to National Terminology Server (NTS) Specifications.
  • Snapper:Map will only be available at (with the ability to choose NTS as the terminology server).

What will I need to do?

  • All users who wish to continue to access the restricted content (i.e. licensed material) will be required to login to the new website and reset their password.
  • Users with client credentials will need to generate a new system credential.
  • Those utilising the FHIR STU3 (v2) endpoint are recommended to migrate to the FHIR R4 endpoint to make use of more recent changes to the FHIR specifications (note: the existing v2 endpoint will remain available, with no current plans for decommission).


The NCTS webinar series recommenced in July. Upcoming webinars include:

SNOMED CT-AU and AMT hierarchies and subsets

This webinar will have more time dedicated to Q&A. Please watch the above pre-recorded webinars beforehand and come along with your questions.

  • Thursday 30 July 2020 at 11:00 am AEST

Terminologies and classifications: SNOMED CT-AU and ICD-10-AM use in Australia

This webinar was first held in February and is being repeated due to its popularity.

  • Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 12:00 pm AEST

You can register online at

SNOMED International web series

SNOMED International have recently scheduled a collection of webinar series showcasing the achievements of the SNOMED CT community of practice. The initial series include:

  • Clinical Web Series: a collection of monthly, 90 minute webinars where clinicians working with SNOMED CT share their real-world experiences. Attendees will gain a greater insight into the work of clinicians using SNOMED CT in their practice.
  • Research Web Series: a collection of monthly, 60 minute webinars presented by distinguished researchers from the SNOMED CT community. The webinars showcase current research involving SNOMED CT.


July 2020

Clinical Terminology Releases

The SNOMED CT-AU and AMT v20200731 July combined terminology release is available for download from the ACCESS section of this website.

Coronavirus update

New COVID-19 related concepts are being added as required to each release. To view a cumulative list of these concepts, refer to Recent Updates.

November 2019

RCPA – Pathology Terminology and Information Models

The RCPA – SPIA Requesting Allergens v1.0 is now available for download as an individual spreadsheet and has also been incorporated into the RCPA -SPIA Requesting Pathology Terminology Reference Set. This set of terms is intended to enable the requesting of the majority of allergens commonly found in Australia, with the specific terms and codes enhancing the context of information provided to laboratory staff and clinicians.

Several other datasets have also been updated.

Full details can be found in the RCPA Pathology Terminology and Information Models Release Note v1.2.

August 2019

FHIR terminology now accessible from the NTS syndication feed

The NCTS FHIR Bundle contains the collection of all FHIR terminology resources available in the National Terminology Server (NTS). This can now be accessed via the NTS syndication feed.

April 2019

User Interface and Client-side Exemplars

The CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC), has developed a set of UI and client-side exemplar software snippets to illustrate various aspects of interacting with the FHIR ® Terminology API. These include:

  • Using the FHIR $validate-code operation,
  • A search box with type-ahead style functionality using the FHIR ValueSet $expand operation,
  • A drop box implemented using the FHIR ValueSet $expand operation,
  • Using ECL expressions with FHIR ValueSet $expand operation,
  • The FHIR $translate operation,
  • Batching of FHIR operations and;
  • A UI that ensures users have performed a relevant code search.

The HL7 FHIR Terminology Service Exemplars can be accessed from the technical section of the document library or directly from

Clinical Informatics ci-fhir-stu3 repository on GitHub

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released the Clinical Informatics ci-fhir-stu3 repository on GitHub.

The repository is a collection of early working drafts of FHIR, Release 3 (STU) artefacts to enable development and design in a collaborative, open and transparent process in partnership with standards organisations and industry. The contents of this repository include:

  • FHIR implementation guides
  • FHIR profiles, extensions and examples
  • Files necessary to build the FHIR implementation guides

You can access this repository from GitHub at:

May 2018

Open source projects

The Australian Digital Health Agency have released an initial set of open source projects on GitHub at These projects are aimed at providing:

  • Examples, learning materials, and useful code to help developers.
  • A channel to collaborate with developers and implementers on experimental ideas and tools to improve products, services, standards, or developer experiences.

The NCTS has made terminology-related open source projects available as part of this initial set. These projects can be found at

Questions, feedback, and collaboration on these projects, or the open source initiative in general, are most welcome and appreciated. For project specific comments or contributions please open an issue on the GitHub project in question, and refer to the project’s contributing guide to create a pull request contribute specific changes. For more general comments or questions please contact