Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Statistics

RSV surveillance began in Australia through the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) in 2021. It is a highly contagious virus that affects the airways and lungs and spreads easily. While it is generally mild it can cause problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

Immunisation Coalition

RSV Activity Surveillance & Graph 2023

RSV is a highly contagious virus that affects the airways and lungs and spreads easily. While it is generally mild it can cause problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

RSV became a notifiable disease in Australia in 2021 and confirmed cases are now recorded in the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

Click on the icon for a graph of current statistics.

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS)

Update for 27 November 2023


There have been 122,792 notifications of laboratory confirmed RSV reported to the NNDSS in the year to 27 November.

Total notifications from each state and territory are as follows: 

ACT: 1,931
NSW: 44,245
NT: 479
QLD: 27,398
SA: 11,864
TAS: 2,034
VIC: 24,566
WA: 10,275


National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System:

Australian Capital Territory

Update for reporting period 17 November– 23 November 2023


There were 11 cases of RSV notified during the reporting period.

Total confirmed cases in the ACT for 2023 to 23 November is 1,933.


(From 21 February 2022, RSV became a notifiable condition in the ACT)

New South Wales

Week ending 18 November 2023



  • There was a 9.4% increase in RSV notifications, all in adults and potentially reflecting increased testing in the context of COVID-19 increases. However, overall RSV activity continues to gradually decline.
  • RSV notification rates were stable across most age groups and LHDs.


Week ending 03 September 2023


Notifications of RSV are now at a similar level to those reported in 2022.

  • The test positivity for RSV is 5%.
  • There were a total of 517 confirmed cases of RSV for the week 28 August – 03 September.
  • Total confirmed cases for 2023 YTD: 23,657

South Australia

Update for 08 October – 14 October 2023


There were 195 cases of respiratory syncytial virus notified this week in 79 males and 116 females, with a median age of 25 years. There have been 11,289 cases of respiratory syncytial virus reported year-to-date, compared with 7,961 cases reported for the same period last year.


For more information: Communicable Diseases Control Branch


Report for the fortnight ending 19 November 2023



  • In the week ending 12 November 2023, the percentage of PCR tests positive for RSV is low and has reduced to 1.6%, continuing the gradual decrease since September.
  • The number of reported RSV cases continued to decrease gradually, since a peak in June; there were 31 and 17 cases notified in the weeks ending 12 November 2023 and 19 November 2023, respectively.
  • From 1 January 2023 to 19 November 2023, a total of 2,165 RSV cases were reported in Tasmanian residents. Of these, 846 cases (39%) resided in the North, 310 cases (14%) resided in the North-West, and 1,008 cases (47%) resided in the South.
  • In recent weeks, the weekly notification rates of RSV remained low across all LGAs and was low and similar in all regions.
  • Overall, RSV activity has declined from a seasonal peak and continues to remain marginally above inter-seasonal levels.

For more information: Respiratory Surveillance Report

Western Australia

Week ending 12 November 2023


Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) notifications decreased. 

  • In the past week, 53 respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases were notified in WA, a decrease of 16% compared to the previous week.

Page Published: 19 April 2023 | Page Updated: 27 November 2023