The NHFB Audit Committee is an assurance body formed in 2013 that comprises four independent members: Carol Holley (Chair), Mark Ridley, Ken Barker and Diane Fielding. All members were appointed for a period of three years.

The objective of the Audit Committee is to provide independent assurance and assistance to the CEO on the NHFB’s risk, control and compliance frameworks, and its external accountability and financial reporting responsibilities. Additionally, the Audit Committee supports the process of auditing the financial statements of both the NHFB and the Pool.

The Audit Committee met six times during 2013–14, in July 2013, September 2013, October 2013, December 2013, February 2014 and May 2014.

Audit Committee Members

Carol Holley

Carol Holley was appointed as Chair of the NHFB Audit Committee on 1 March 2013.

Ms Holley is a Non–Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, a Non–Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. She is also the Independent Chair of the Risk Management and Audit Committees of NSW Land and Housing Corporation Services, the Parliament and Legislature of NSW, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and the Property and Housing Group and a member of the Risk and Audit Committee of the NSW Mental Health Commission.

Ms Holley is a Chartered Accountant, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Ridley

Mark Ridley is a former senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held a number of leadership roles focused on assurance and risk management.

Mr Ridley is currently Chair of the Audit Committee for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Clean Energy Regulator and the Royal Australian Mint. Mr Ridley is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian National University, and the Audit Committee for the Australian Financial Security Authority. He was Chair of the Audit Committee for the Department of Human Services from July 2011 to September 2016.

Mr Ridley is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a long–standing member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Ken Barker

Ken Barker has over 40 years of experience in public sector management and finance, previously working across four large NSW Government agencies (NSW Police, the former Public Works, Corrective Services, and NSW Health).

Mr Barker has a number of board and committee appointments, including Chair of National Blood Authority Audit Committee and Chair of Mid North Coast Local Health District Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Barker is also appointed as Deputy Chair of the NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, and also as a board member of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Prior to his retirement in 2009, he had been Chief Financial Officer of NSW Health for over 20 years.

Mr Barker was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 for Outstanding Public Service in public sector financial management. Mr Barker is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jeremy Chandler

Mr Chandler was appointed as a member of the Audit Committee in February 2016. He is the Director of Business Wide Consulting Support Pty Ltd (Business WIDE) which he established in 2008 to provide management consulting and executive coaching services to a range of public sector and private sector organisations. He is also a Senior Adviser to Nous Group, which specialises in management consulting, and an Associate with both Executive Intelligence Group and Tempo Strategies.

Until late 2007, Mr Chandler was Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. He has been Chief Financial Officer for three Australian Government agencies and had many years of experience in areas of accounting and budgetary policy, and program review within the Department of Finance, including as Finance Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts.

Mr Chandler is a Member of the Australian National University Audit and Risk Management Committee and Deputy Chair for the ACT Health Directorate’s Audit and Risk Management Committee. He was formerly a member of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board Audit Committee.


Administrator’s Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

Chair: Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool

The Administrator’s Jurisdictional Advisory Committee (the JAC) is a strategic advisory committee of senior representatives of states and territories and relevant Commonwealth portfolio departments and agencies. The JAC considers strategic issues associated with those elements of national health reform for which the Administrator has responsibility.

The JAC enables collaboration between the Administrator (and the NHFB) and the Commonwealth, state and territory Health Departments on operational arrangements and priorities under the Agreement and the National Health Reform Act 2011.

Reconciliation Advisory Group

Chair: NHFB Chief Executive Officer

The Reconciliation Advisory Group (the RAG) is a technical advisory group convened by the NHFB on behalf of the Administrator.

The RAG supports and informs the JAC. The RAG considers the hospital service reconciliation and data matching requirements outlined in the Agreement and enables technical collaboration between the relevant stakeholders. Membership includes representatives from each jurisdiction who have expertise in data and processes related to hospital activity data.

Jurisdictional Committee

Chair: NHFB Chief Executive Officer

The Jurisdictional CFO Committee is a consultation body. It comprises CFOs, or the equivalent representative from the state and territory Health Departments, and representatives from the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Commonwealth Treasury.

The CFO Committee considers:

  • Material relating to service estimates and monthly reporting; and
  • Operational finance arrangements (including payment systems issues) and priorities under the Agreement and Act.

2013–14 Committee Meetings

Figure 4: NHFB Advisory Committee Meetings in 2013–14


External committee participation

The NHFB participates in a number of external committees in order to contribute to strategic national work on data standards, collection and usage.
Table 6 shows the NHFB’s external committee participation.

Table 6: NHFB external committee participation
Name Function

National Health Information and Performance Principal Committee (NHIPPC)

NHIPPC provides advice to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the (then) Standing Council on Health (SCoH)6 on:

  • eHealth, information management and reporting development, and
  • information governance and strategies.

NHIPPC facilitates collaboration between the Commonwealth, states and territories and other key health information stakeholders.

National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee (NHISSC)

NHISSC is a sub–committee of NHIPPC. NHISSC provides advice to NHIPPC on national health information needs and priorities. NHISSC oversees the development of National Minimum Datasets, data standards and Data Set Specifications for inclusion in the National Health Data Dictionary.

Standing Committee on Performance and Reporting (SCPR)

SCPR is a sub–committee of NHIPPC. SCPR contributes to a work plan for SCoH, to consider health data collection and reporting issues and identifies opportunities to rationalise/streamline health data collection and reporting.

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Jurisdictional Advisory Committee (IHPA JAC)

The IHPA JAC provides advice to the Pricing Authority on matters relating to IHPA’s work program.

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Activity Based Funding Technical Advisory Committee (IHPA TAC)

The IHPA TAC is a sub–committee of the IHPA JAC. It was established to oversee the technical options for the delivery of a robust system of clinical costing, clinical classification, data processing and modelling that underpins the development of activity based funding.

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Non–Admitted Care Advisory Working Group (NACAWG)

NACAWG reports to the IHPA JAC. NACAWG is the IHPA consultation committee for the non–admitted hospital services classification.


6The SCoH is now known as the COAG Health Council

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