Engagement with stakeholders and partners ensures predictable and transparent funding for public hospital services. The Administrator’s quarterly Jurisdictional Advisory Committee (JAC) is a key channel for this engagement.

Early and impartial engagement with all relevant stakeholders, especially States, Territories and the Commonwealth, allows time to discuss and resolve issues in a collaborative manner. Continued proactive engagement with our stakeholders and partners helps all parties understand the basis of funding calculations and outcomes, and build trust in the functions of the Administrator and the NHFB.

The NHFB is a member of committees such as the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) JAC and Technical Advisory Committee, and increasingly participates in Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) committees. The NHFB also participates in national committees chaired by other expert health bodies, including the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).

IHPA

The IHPA is an independent government agency established by the Commonwealth as part of the National Health Reform Act 2011 to contribute to significant reforms to improve Australian public hospitals. A major component of these reforms is the implementation of national Activity Based Funding (ABF) for Australian public hospitals.

IHPA does this by delivering an annual National Efficient Price (NEP) and National Efficient Cost (NEC). The NEP and NEC are a major determinant of the level of Commonwealth Government funding for public hospital services and provide a price signal or benchmark for the efficient cost of providing public hospital services.

IHPA is also responsible for developing national classifications for health care and other services delivered by public hospitals and, as required, resolving disputes on cost-shifting and cross-border issues.

State and Territory Health Departments