Letter of Transmittal
The Annual Report details the activities of the National Health Funding Body (NHFB) from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
The NHFB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is required to prepare and present this report of operations to the Commonwealth Parliament pursuant to section 267 of the National Health Reform Act 2011 (the Act) and section 70 of the Public Service Act 1999.
The CEO is also required to provide a copy of this report to each state and territory Health Minister under section 267(2) of the Act.
This Annual Report is prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit under subsection 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999.
If you require further information or have any queries in relation to this Annual Report, please contact:
National Health Funding Body
GPO Box 1252, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 1300 930 522
This Annual Report is also available online at www.nhfb.gov.au.
About this report
The National Health Funding Body Annual Report 2013–14 records the activities of the National Health Funding Body in 2013–14.
This report comprises:
- narrative that describes our organisation, achievements and governance arrangements in 2013–14; and
- the National Health Funding Body’s financial statements for 2013–14.
To help readers search for specific information, an index (page 100) and a disclosure index (page 88) for specific reporting requirements have been included.
Chief Executive Officer’s Message
The National Health Funding Body commenced operation in July 2012. Our primary function is to assist the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool (the Administrator) to calculate the amount of the Commonwealth contribution to public hospital funding in each state and territory under the National Health Reform Agreement and to administer the National Health Funding Pool (the Pool).
During 2013–14, the NHFB has undertaken 4020 transactions to enable the processing of over $37 billion of Commonwealth, state and territory funding to local hospital networks (LHNs) and other providers. Nearly $74 billion in funding and payment transactions was processed through the Pool and state managed funds.
This year we have prepared and published 1824 monthly reports on national health reform funding and payment flows (including national, state/territory and LHN reports) on the www.publichospitalfunding.gov.au website. These reports have been used widely across government, academia and the media in understanding the investment made by the Commonwealth, states and territories in the provision of public hospital services.
We have continued to adopt a collaborative approach in progressing our work and have been rewarded by productive working relationships with all jurisdictions. The NHFB has been active in national committees during 2013–14 and has been working consultatively to improve transparency in hospital funding and financing arrangements. The 2014–15 Commonwealth Budget papers flagged the intention of government to create a new health productivity and performance commission by merging several existing bodies including NHFB and the Administrator. I am confident that our excellent stakeholder relationships provide a sound foundation moving forward.
The success of the NHFB reflects the professionalism, capability and enthusiasm of our staff. We are a micro–agency that has achieved significant outcomes in a very short time. This is the result of consistent and sustained hard work from our small team, who continue to exhibit an extraordinary level of diligence as we transition from an establishment phase to business as usual.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the direction and professionalism of the Administrator, Mr Bob Sendt. His integrity, technical ability and sound judgment have provided the NHFB with every chance of success.
Mr Lynton Norris
Chief Executive Officer
National Health Funding Body
28 October 2014