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This FACT indicates the percentage of category 3 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state and territory. In Australia, at the time of being placed on the hospital’s waiting list in each state, it is common for a clinical assessment to be made to determine the urgency of the patient’s required elective surgery. A category 3 admission is an admission sometime in the future for patients as their condition causes minimal or no pain, dysfunction or disability, which is also highly unlikely to become worse over time and does not have the capability of becoming an emergency. The data for this FACT were collected in the years 2013 and 2014 by the AIHW. The state with the highest number of category 3 admissions from waitings lists for elective surgery is New South Wales at 43 percent. It is followed closely by South Australia and Western Australia, at 38.5 and 38 percent respectively. The state with the lowest is Queensland at 19 percent.