Provision of data for monthly reports by states and territories
In signing the National Health Reform Agreement (the Agreement), it was the intention of all states and territories that they would have the necessary legislation in place to enable them to participate in the National Health Funding Pool from 1 July 2012. Under the legislation envisaged by the Agreement, states and territories using the Pool are required to provide data on NHR funding, payments and services to be published by the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool.
Only New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania had legislation in place to enable them to participate in the National Health Funding Pool from 1 July 2012. Legislation in other states and territories came into effect progressively since then.
From March 2013, all states and territories had the necessary legislation in place, used the National Health Funding Pool to process NHR funding and payments, and provided the data required for the Administrator’s monthly reports.
Prior to March 2013, where a state or territory did not have its legislation in place to enable it to transact through the National Health Funding Pool, it instead received equivalent funding directly from the Commonwealth Treasury, and made payments directly to its recipients. These payments are referred to as 'notional payments' (see below).
For reports relating to 2012–13, the year-to-date data in the National report and reports for states and territories include both payments into and out of the Pool and ‘notional payments’ made outside the Pool arrangements. For further information, see the individual reports for these states and territories.