The Administrator and national bodies established under the Agreement

The following have been established under the National Health Reform Agreement to help carry out its objectives:

  • The Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool

    The Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool

    The Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool is an independent statutory office holder, distinct from Commonwealth and state and territory government departments, established under legislation of the Commonwealth and state and territory governments, to administer the payment of funds to public hospitals in accordance with the National Health Reform Agreement.

    The inaugural Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool, Bob Sendt, was appointed on 1 January 2013.

    The Administrator is appointed by the Council of Australian Governments Health Council. An Acting Administrator is responsible for acting in the role of the Administrator during any period when the office is vacant.

    The National Health Funding Pool is the collective term for the state pool accounts of all states and territories. A state pool accounts is a Reserve Bank account established by a state or territory for the purpose of receiving all Commonwealth and activity based state and territory NHR funding, and for making payments under the Agreement.

    See The role of the Administrator.

  • National Health Funding Body (NHFB)

    National Health Funding Body (NHFB)

    The function of the National Health Funding Body (NHFB) is to assist the Administrator in performing his or her functions under Commonwealth and state and territory legislation. The National Health Funding Body is established as an independent statutory authority under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

    The National Health Funding Body is staffed under the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1999 and may include staff seconded from the Commonwealth government and/or State and Territory governments.

    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Funding Body is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Funding Body.

    Members of the National Health Funding Body, including the CEO of the Funding Body, are not subject to direction from any Commonwealth Minister while undertaking duties as directed by the Administrator.

    For more information, see National Health Funding Body (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.nhfb.gov.au].

  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)

    Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

    The objective of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (the Pricing Authority) is to promote improved efficiency in, and access to, public hospital services by:

    • Providing independent advice to governments in relation to the efficient costs of such services
    • Developing and implementing robust systems to support activity based funding for such services.

    The main functions of the Pricing Authority are to:

    • Determine the national efficient price for healthcare services provided by public hospitals where the services are funded on an activity basis
    • Determine the efficient cost for healthcare services provided by public hospitals where the services are block funded
    • Publish this, and other information, in a report each year for the purpose of informing decision makers in relation to the funding of public hospitals.

    For more information, see Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.ihpa.gov.au]

  • National Health Performance Authority (NHPA)

    National Health Performance Authority

    The National Health Performance Authority (the Performance Authority) is responsible for performing the following functions:

    • Monitoring and reporting on the performance of local hospital networks, the hospitals within them, every private hospital and Medicare local, through Hospital Performance Reports and Healthy Community Reports
    • Developing additional performance indicators as appropriate
    • Maintaining the MyHospitals (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.myhospitals.gov.au] website.

    In undertaking its work, the Performance Authority provides comparative analysis across local hospital networks and Medicare locals, and identifies best practice.

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

    Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

    The ACSQHC is responsible for performing the following functions relating to health care safety and quality matters:

    • Leading and coordinating improvements in safety and quality in health care in Australia by identifying issues and policy directions, and recommending priorities for action
    • Disseminating knowledge and advocating for safety and quality
    • Reporting publicly on the state of safety and quality including performance against national standards
    • Recommending national data sets for safety and quality, working within current multilateral governmental arrangements for data development, standards, collection and reporting
    • Providing strategic advice to the COAG Health Council (formerly the Standing Council on Health (SCOH)) on best practice thinking to drive quality improvement, including implementation strategies
    • Recommending nationally agreed standards for safety and quality improvement.

    For more information, see Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/]