The current state of Australia’s health system performance information and reporting frameworks

Australia’s approach to health system performance information and reporting

Health system performance information and reporting is critical to our health system. It informs improvements in our health services, health policies and the overall performance of the health system. This is vital for improving the health of all Australians.

There are three main frameworks for national health system performance information and reporting:

These are complemented by other national frameworks, such as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework, and frameworks at the state and territory level.

Australia’s health system performance information and reporting frameworks are influenced by agreements between Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and health authorities. They include the following:

Health data is governed at the national level by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) through the NHIA. AHMAC is supported by the National Health Information and Performance Principal Committee (NHIPPC) and the National Health Information Statistics and Standards Committee (NHISSC). Health authorities at the national and state and territory levels produce reports on health data for multiple audiences, including health system managers, service providers, policy makers, researchers and consumers of health services. These reports are used to:

  • improve health services
  • support policy and program development
  • support the planning and management of health systems
  • inform performance and purchasing agreements for health services
  • inform consumers and support public discussion
  • support research.

Milestones in Australia’s approach to health system performance information and reporting

Australia’s approach to systematic performance reporting in health has developed over several decades. It has been shaped by a number of milestones, including major health reforms, new health agencies and multiple reporting frameworks. These are outlined in the figure below.


Milestones in health system performance information and reporting

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