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This page refers to the Performance and Accountability Framework, an intergovernmental document that assigned various reporting responsibilities to the former National Health Performance Authority. From 1 July 2016, activities related to reporting against the indicators contained in the Framework are the responsibility of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Health performance reporting framework

The Performance and Accountability Framework is the reporting apparatus for The Council of Australian Governments' (COAG's) National Health Reform Agreement. This seeks to improve health care for all Australians though reforms to the organisation, funding and delivery of health care services to improve access, and provides for the introduction of national reporting and performance standards to improve accountability and transparency.

The Performance and Accountability Framework identifies 48 indicators against which performance is measured under the domains of equity, effectiveness and efficiency. There are 17 hospitals indicators and 31 indicators for primary health care organisations.

The Performance and Accountability Framework states that the Authority will produce Hospital Performance reports and Healthy Communities reports. Each report focuses on a subset of indicators that relates to a particular aspect or sector of health care in order to provide information that is meaningful for consumers, clinicians and service providers. Some reports address a combination of indicators for hospitals and primary health care organisations. The AIHW may develop additional indicators over time.

The COAG Health Council, which comprises Commonwealth, state and territory health ministers, will continue to monitor the data reporting requirements.

Intergovernmental agreements

The National Health Reform Agreement is a partnership between all Australian governments to work together to reform Australia’s health system.

Full details about the National Health Reform Agreement are available on the Council on Federal Financial Relations website.

Reporting on individuals?

The AIHW does not report on the performance of individual clinicians in hospitals or individual GPs. For more information, see Performance and Accountability Framework Section 2 Policy Principles.


Performance and Accountability Framework