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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.

3.1 - Scope

The Framework encompasses and expands upon existing CRC reporting, and outlines a role for the Authority. The Authority’s role will complement the analysis of the CRC, bringing a more local focus to the national and jurisdictional outcomes examined by the CRC. Both agencies will draw on the enhanced safety and quality standards set by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). (A more detailed discussion of the respective roles of the Authority, the ACSQHC and the CRC under the Framework is set out in Section 7 - Performance Reporting Bodies.)

3.2 - Other Frameworks and elements

As shown in Figure 1, there are elements of health system performance reporting that are not currently captured by the Framework. These include:

  • reports produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) under the National Health Performance Framework (discussed further in section 4.2);
  • ongoing Review of Government Service Provision comparisons of the efficiency and effectiveness of Commonwealth, state and territory government health services as part of the holistic Report on Government Services;
  • specific, targeted reporting on national mental health reform through the annual National Mental Health Report;
  • specific, targeted reporting on the health status of Indigenous Australians through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework; and
  • performance reports issued by states and territories.

As the Framework matures following the establishment of the Authority, further consideration will be given as to how these elements link with the Framework given likely overlaps in objectives, data collection and usage and indicator sets for example.

Figure 1: Scope and coverage of the framework

PAF section 3 figure 1 - scope & coverage of the framework

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