4 March 2011
Includes: National health reform: Outcomes of the 30th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, 13 February 2011 | COAG – First Reports Assessing the Performance of Governments against National Agreements | National Health and Hospital Network Agreement | Splitting HACC | Consultation on a National Standard Chart of Accounts | SPPs | CSTDA | National reform Agenda
Since the start of 2008, as a result of a change in Government, there
has been an increasing amount of change being proposed across Australia.
Much of this is to be driven through COAG processes. This change is
happening quickly and it can be difficult to stay in touch with what is
As part of its commitment to keeping the sector informed and involved NCOSS has produced analyses of the COAG communiqués. We have attempted to assess what the announcements really mean (progress, no progress, more meetings of "working parties", possible distractions etc) for NSW.
NCOSS intends to continually update this information as more changes occur and more information becomes available.
Resources and downloads
- National health reform: Outcomes of the 30th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, 13 February 2011 New!
- COAG – First Reports Assessing the Performance of Governments against National Agreements
- National Health and Hospital Network Agreement
- COAG decision to split HACC
- Consultation on a National Standard Chart of Accounts
- COAG and the National Reform Agenda
- CSTDA (Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement)
- Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs)
COAG - National health reform:
Outcomes of the 30th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, 13 February 2011
Updated: 4 March 2011
The Commonwealth and all State and Territory Governments reached a new agreement on national health reform at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on 13 February 2011.
All Governments signed a Heads of Agreement on National Health Reform and a revised National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services. The Heads of Agreement is an in-principle commitment only, with a number of issues subject to further negotiation between the parties. Governments have committed to resolving these issues and signing a full National Health Reform Agreement by 1 July 2011.
NCOSS has prepared Fact Sheets and a Briefing Paper on the outcomes of the 30th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting held 13 February 2011.
COAG - First Reports Assessing the Performance of Governments against National Agreements
Updated: 7 June 2010
The first reports assessing the performance of governments against National Agreements in healthcare, housing, Indigenous reform and disability were released by the COAG Reform Council on 4 June 2010.
For the first time, the performance of all nine Australian governments has been independently assessed against these National Agreements, and made available to the public.
National Health and Hospital Network Agreement
Updated: 11 May 2010
The Council of Australian Governments, with the exception of Western Australia, agreed to a plan for national health and hospital reform at the 29th COAG meeting on 20 April 2010. The National Health and Hospital Network Agreement aims to improve health outcomes and the sustainability of the health system through structural and funding reform and increased investment. It establishes a National Health and Hospital Network (NHHN) to deliver a nationally unified and locally controlled health system.
Commonwealth Proposal to split HACC
Updated: 11 May 2010
Information on the proposed split of Home and Community Care Services (HACC) between the Federal Government, (older people) and the States (people with disabilities).
The decision to split HACC was confirmed at the COAG meeting on 19-20 April 2010.
In The Age on the 2 September 2008 it was announced that:
“Aged Care would become completely the Federal Government’s responsibility and the disabled would come wholly under the states in a sweeping revamp of roles proposed by the Rudd Government.
…The home-based services for the elderly that the Federal Government would assume direct responsibility for include meals on wheels, nursing care, personal care and domestic assistance, home maintenance, transport and assessment.
…The current proposal, which involves dividing up the Home and Community Care Program, is being developed as part of the Council of Australian Governments reform agenda.
…The proposed date for the takeover of the other aged services is July 1, 2009.”
(Michelle Grattan, The Age, 2 September, 2008)
The split of Home and Community Care Services (HACC) between the Federal Government, (older people) and the States (people with disabilities), is not a new idea. It was previously proposed in 2005.
At that time, the NSW Aged Care Alliance, developed a report outlining its position about the proposed split. This report outlines the advantages/disadvantages of splitting or not splitting HACC.
The NSW Aged Care Alliance recommended that any change to the existing arrangements must deliver guaranteed qualitative and quantitative improvements to the provision of services and supports to older people, people with disabilities and carers across Australia and in NSW in particular, before a re-distribution of funding and program responsibilities between Commonwealth and state jurisdictions is implemented.
Consequently, the Alliance’s position was that until improvements could be guaranteed, both Commonwealth and state levels of government should maintain joint responsibility and accountability for the provision of aged care and community care programs and services.
Consultation on a National Standard Chart of Accounts
Updated 10 March 2010
In December 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to introduce a national standard chart of accounts (SCOA) for the not-for-profit sector in July 2010. The national SCOA will be used to guide the way government agencies ask a not-for-profit group to report basic financial information.
The COAG communiqué of 7 December states:
"To ensure that the regulatory burden on not-for-profit sector organisations is minimised, COAG agreed to allow these organisations to meet a range of requirements with one system of a Standard Chart of Accounts for not-for-profit organisations in receipt of government grants."
The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has developed the draft national SCOA. It is based on the existing charts developed for New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria and includes variations for different fundraising and gaming legislation in each jurisdiction. These variations will be resolved in a second stage of the SCOA in 2012.
Adoption of the SCOA by NFP NGOs will be voluntary and allow NGOs that report to more than one government funder to keep one set of financial information that will satisfy all their financial reporting requirements.
The NSW Better Regulation Office is inviting the sector to comment on the proposed national SCOA during February.
Any person or group interested in being involved in the consultation is invited to contact:
- Daniel Woods
Department of Premier and Cabinet
ph: 9228 4842
Alternatively, members can inform the NCOSS response by forwarding their comments to us by Friday, 10 February 2010. Please forward to:
- Catherine Mahony, NCOSS Deputy Director, Sector Development and Corporate Services
ph: 9211 2599, ext 110
COAG and the National Reform Agenda
Updated: 26 August 2008
Following the election of the Rudd Labor Government in November last year, much work is being done by both the Federal and State/Territory Governments on what is being called the National Reform Agenda. This work is happening mainly through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) processes. There is a great deal of work being done about the appropriate roles and responsibilities for each tier of Government and how governments working together can better deliver services.
There are significant implications and opportunities for the community sector from this process.
To assist the sector in understanding the National Reform Agenda and its implications, the COSS Network, lead by ACOSS, has developed a Discussion Paper for the sector.
We are seeking your feedback on the matters raised in the discussion paper which will allow us to further develop a broad sector wide position on the issues of importance to the community sector.
Feedback is welcome, either to:
- Alison Peters, Director, NCOSS
CSTDA (Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement)
Updated: 20 July 2007
The Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement, CSTDA, is a joint five year Agreement between the Australian Government and the governments of the states and territories about the provision of funding to support people with disabilities. The third CSTDA ended on 30 June 2007 and negotiations have been extended for six months. However many in the NSW disability sector have serious concerns.
Joint Position Statement: Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement
- Christine Regan
NCOSS Senior Policy Officer
phone: 9211 2599, ext 117
fax: 9281 1968