Patients treated by urgency category (1,2,3)

When a patient in Victoria is assessed by a surgeon as requiring elective surgery, they are categorised as urgent (Category 1: treatment within 30 days), semi-urgent (Category 2: treatment within 90 days) or non-urgent (Category 3: treatment within 12 months). They are then placed on a hospital-based wait list.

Tap the buttons below for specific data about elective surgery patients treated by urgency category. You can filter by hospital and urgency category. 

Scroll further down for more information about the data (measures).

About the data:

The above measures look at:

  • surgery within recommended time
  • overdue surgery outside of recommended time.

About waiting time

Waiting time is the period between the date the patient was listed for the elective surgery procedure and the date they were admitted to hospital for surgery (excluding not-ready-for-surgery days).

The median waiting time is the time within which half of all elective surgery patients are admitted for surgery.

About surgery within and outside of recommended time

Victorian targets for recommended time according to elective surgery category:

  • Urgent (Category 1: treatment within 30 days) – 100%

Patients who are not ready for elective surgery and those waiting for a non-surgical procedure are excluded.

A ready-for-surgery patient is classified as overdue for elective surgery if the number of days they waited exceeded the recommended time.


  • Data source: Elective Surgery Information System (ESIS). Data extracted 29 April 2021
  • Results for the current financial year are preliminary and will be finalised in November. Results from the previous financial year have been finalised
  • * No results are available.