Commonwealth and Queensland Health responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities
The National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA) sets out roles and responsibilities for the Commonwealth and State levels of government in relation to providing health services.
The Commonwealth Government provides significant funding to the Queensland Government for health services in Queensland. This reflects the federal system of government, with the Commonwealth raising most of the revenue but the States incurring most of the expenses.
In 2018-19, the Queensland Health total expenses reported by Tridata were $17,736 million, approximately 27% of which were provided by the Commonwealth Government under the National Health Reform Agreement. Most of this was for public hospital services.
There are also National Partnership Agreements (NPAs) for specific projects. These include NPAs supporting National Health Reform arrangements as well as health infrastructure, health services, Indigenous health, mental health, and other health payments.
There are two main bodies that interface between the two levels of government:
- The Council of Australian Governments (COAG), and specifically the COAG Standing Council on Health (SCoH)
- The Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC)
Read more about the interfaces between levels of government.