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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.

The assessment of performance based on indicators measured by the Authority will include the following:

  • an assessment of the measure against the standard;
  • an assessment of the progress of the performance of LHNs and Medicare Locals over time; and
  • an assessment of the performance of peer group organisations.

Whilst the achievement of standards is the primary goal of all LHNs and Medicare Locals, the non-achievement of standards is not necessarily a concern if there is demonstrable evidence of improvement in performance over time and progress towards the standard is evident.

Assessment comparisons will be based on peer-group comparisons so as to provide a reasonable basis of comparison based on organisational size, role and location.

The Authority will recommend definitions of acceptable performance against the indicators outlined above to the Standing Council on Health (formerly the Australian Health Ministers Conference (AHMC)) for approval in the case of safety and quality indicators and COAG in the case of other indicators.

The Authority will also recommend to the Standing Council on Health clear objective criteria for determining poor performance.