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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.

Where an indicator is chosen based on an assessment against the selection criteria, it should be developed so that:

  1. The indicator is stated in an unambiguous manner.
  2. It is clear what is being measured.
  3. Data definitions are widely accepted and explain:
    • what the measure is intended to show and why it is important;
    • the data source;
    • collection arrangements;
    • measurement frequency;
    • statistical techniques for calculating performance, including baseline or historical data; and
    • data limitations, including those outside of the control of government.
  4. Where a survey is used, the following is documented:
    • the method for selecting the sample size;
    • size of sample;
    • response rates; and
    • the margin of uncertainty in the reported level of performance.
  5. Publication of the indicator is a statistically valid result at the level at which it is reported.
  6. Publication of the indicator result does not result in inadvertent privacy breaches by implicitly or explicitly identifying individuals.

The Authority will work with relevant stakeholders on the design and functional definitions of the indicators. Indicator development by the Authority will include the agreement of nationally consistent definitions and methodology for the indicators to ensure valid comparisons can be made. Over time shared indicators across both LHNs and Medicare Locals that assess service integration, collaboration and coordination in patient care will be developed and introduced.