Purpose of monthly reports

The purpose of the monthly reports issued by the Administrator is to satisfy the reporting requirements of section 240 of the National Health Reform Act 2011 (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2012C00746] (the Act). These reporting requirements under the Act are reflected in legislation passed by all states and territories, see Relevant legislation.

To meet the terms of the Act, the Administrator is required to report the basis on which funding has been made, at the local hospital network level for each state and territory, and the number of services provided. The reporting of this information will improve the ability of all stakeholders, including the general public, to make informed comparisons over time within and between local hospital networks.

The Administrator must provide these reports to the Commonwealth and each state and territory government on a monthly basis, and must make the reports available to the public.

The monthly reports also help to deliver the transparency requirements stated in the National Health Reform Agreement entered into by all states, territories and the Commonwealth in August 2011. The Agreement states that there is to be complete transparency and line-of-sight of respective contributions into and out of state pool accounts to local hospital networks, discrete state managed funds, or to state or territory health departments in relation to public health funding and any top-up funding, and of the basis on which the contributions are calculated. There is also to be complete transparency and line-of-sight of respective contributions out of state managed funds to local hospital networks.