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National Health Reform Act 2011

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Act No. 9 of 2011 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016
An Act relating to national health reform, and for other purposes
Administered by: Health
Registered 07 Nov 2016
Start Date 01 Nov 2016
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1 Short title
2 Commencement
3 Object
4 Simplified outline
5 Definitions
6 Vacancies
7 Crown to be bound
Chapter 2—Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Expand Part 2.1—IntroductionPart 2.1—Introduction
Expand Part 2.2—Commission’s establishment, functions and powersPart 2.2—Commission’s establishment, functions and powers
Expand Part 2.3—The Commission BoardPart 2.3—The Commission Board
Expand Part 2.4—Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultantsPart 2.4—Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants
Expand Part 2.5—CommitteesPart 2.5—Committees
Expand Part 2.6—Reporting and planning obligations of the CommissionPart 2.6—Reporting and planning obligations of the Commission
Expand Part 2.7—SecrecyPart 2.7—Secrecy
Expand Part 2.8—Other mattersPart 2.8—Other matters
Chapter 4—Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Expand Part 4.1—IntroductionPart 4.1—Introduction
Expand Part 4.2—Pricing Authority’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilitiesPart 4.2—Pricing Authority’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities
Expand Part 4.3—Cost-shifting disputes and cross-border disputesPart 4.3—Cost-shifting disputes and cross-border disputes
Expand Part 4.4—Constitution and membership of the Pricing AuthorityPart 4.4—Constitution and membership of the Pricing Authority
Expand Part 4.5—Terms and conditions for members of the Pricing AuthorityPart 4.5—Terms and conditions for members of the Pricing Authority
Expand Part 4.6—Decision-making by the Pricing AuthorityPart 4.6—Decision-making by the Pricing Authority
Expand Part 4.7—Delegation by the Pricing AuthorityPart 4.7—Delegation by the Pricing Authority
Expand Part 4.8—Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing AuthorityPart 4.8—Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing Authority
Expand Part 4.9—Staff and consultantsPart 4.9—Staff and consultants
Expand Part 4.10—Clinical Advisory CommitteePart 4.10—Clinical Advisory Committee
Expand Part 4.11—Jurisdictional Advisory CommitteePart 4.11—Jurisdictional Advisory Committee
Expand Part 4.12—Other committeesPart 4.12—Other committees
Expand Part 4.13—Reporting and planningPart 4.13—Reporting and planning
Expand Part 4.13A—FinancePart 4.13A—Finance
Expand Part 4.14—SecrecyPart 4.14—Secrecy
Expand Part 4.15—Other mattersPart 4.15—Other matters
Chapter 5—Administrator of the Funding Pool
Expand Part 5.1—IntroductionPart 5.1—Introduction
Expand Part 5.2—Administrator of the National Health Funding PoolPart 5.2—Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool
Expand Part 5.3—National Health Funding BodyPart 5.3—National Health Funding Body
Expand Part 5.4—SecrecyPart 5.4—Secrecy
Expand Chapter 6—MiscellaneousChapter 6—Miscellaneous
Expand EndnotesEndnotes

National Health Reform Act 2011

No. 9, 2011

Compilation No. 9

Compilation date:                              1 November 2016

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 55, 2016

Registered:                                         7 November 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the National Health Reform Act 2011 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 November 2016 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Chapter 1—Preliminary                                                                                                    1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 1

4............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 1

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

6............ Vacancies............................................................................................ 8

7............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 9

Chapter 2—Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care         10

Part 2.1—Introduction                                                                                                      10

7A......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 10

Part 2.2—Commission’s establishment, functions and powers                11

8............ Establishment of the Commission..................................................... 11

9............ Functions of the Commission........................................................... 11

10.......... Additional provisions about standards, guidelines and indicators..... 14

11.......... Additional provisions about model national accreditation schemes... 16

12.......... Constitutional limits.......................................................................... 17

13.......... Powers of the Commission............................................................... 18

14.......... Charging of fees................................................................................ 18

15.......... Commission has privileges and immunities of the Crown................ 18

16.......... Ministerial directions......................................................................... 18

Part 2.3—The Commission Board                                                                             20

Division 1—Establishment and role of the Commission Board            20

17.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 20

18.......... Role................................................................................................... 20

Division 2—Members of the Commission Board                                         21

19.......... Membership...................................................................................... 21

20.......... Appointment of Commission Board members.................................. 21

21.......... Period of appointment for Commission Board members.................. 22

22.......... Acting Commission Board members................................................ 22

23.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 24

24.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 24

25.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 24

26.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 24

27.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 25

Division 3—Procedures of the Commission Board                                     26

28.......... Convening of meetings..................................................................... 26

29.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 26

30.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 26

31.......... Voting at meetings............................................................................ 26

32.......... Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 27

33.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 27

34.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 28

Division 4—Delegation by the Commission Board                                     29

35.......... Delegation by the Commission Board............................................... 29

Part 2.4—Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants                           30

Division 1—Chief Executive Officer of the Commission                         30

36.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 30

37.......... Role................................................................................................... 30

38.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 30

39.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 31

40.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 31

41.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 32

42.......... Leave................................................................................................. 32

43.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 32

44.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 33

45.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 33

46.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 34

Division 2—Staff and consultants                                                                        35

47.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 35

48.......... Persons assisting the Commission.................................................... 35

49.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 35

Part 2.5—Committees                                                                                                        36

50.......... Committees....................................................................................... 36

51.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 36

Part 2.6—Reporting and planning obligations of the Commission       38

52.......... Publishing reports and documents about performance of Commission’s function   38

53.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 38

54.......... Work plan......................................................................................... 39

54AA.... Corporate plan................................................................................... 40

Part 2.7—Secrecy                                                                                                                 41

54A....... Secrecy.............................................................................................. 41

54B....... Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act.................................. 42

54C....... Disclosure to committee.................................................................... 42

54D....... Disclosure to the Minister................................................................. 43

54E........ Disclosure to the Treasurer............................................................... 43

54F........ Disclosure to the Secretary etc.......................................................... 43

54G....... Disclosure to a Royal Commission................................................... 43

54H....... Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies or persons............................. 43

54J........ Disclosure to researchers.................................................................. 44

54K....... Disclosure with consent.................................................................... 45

54L........ Disclosure of publicly available information..................................... 45

54M...... Delegation......................................................................................... 45

Part 2.8—Other matters                                                                                                   46

55.......... Commission CEO not subject to direction by the Commission Board on certain matters         46

56.......... Taxation............................................................................................ 46

57.......... Compliance with standards and guidelines........................................ 46

Chapter 4—Independent Hospital Pricing Authority                                   47

Part 4.1—Introduction                                                                                                      47

128........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 47

Part 4.2—Pricing Authority’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities   48

129........ Independent Hospital Pricing Authority............................................ 48

130........ Object of the Pricing Authority......................................................... 48

131........ Functions of the Pricing Authority.................................................... 48

132........ Intergovernmental agreements........................................................... 50

133........ Policy principles—COAG................................................................ 51

134........ Constitutional limits.......................................................................... 51

135........ Powers of the Pricing Authority....................................................... 52

137........ Pricing Authority has privileges and immunities of the Crown......... 53

Part 4.3—Cost‑shifting disputes and cross‑border disputes                      54

138........ Cost‑shifting disputes and cross‑border disputes.............................. 54

139........ Assessment by Pricing Authority of cost‑shifting disputes.............. 55

140........ Recommendations by Pricing Authority on cross‑border disputes... 56

141........ Advice to Commonwealth to adjust funding..................................... 57

Part 4.4—Constitution and membership of the Pricing Authority       58

142........ Constitution of the Pricing Authority................................................ 58

143........ Membership of the Pricing Authority............................................... 58

144........ Appointment of members of the Pricing Authority........................... 58

145........ Period of appointment for members of the Pricing Authority........... 59

146........ Acting members of the Pricing Authority......................................... 60

Part 4.5—Terms and conditions for members of the Pricing Authority  62

147........ Remuneration.................................................................................... 62

148........ Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 62

150........ Leave of absence............................................................................... 62

151........ Resignation....................................................................................... 63

152........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 63

153........ Other terms and conditions............................................................... 63

Part 4.6—Decision‑making by the Pricing Authority                                    64

154........ Holding of meetings.......................................................................... 64

155........ Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 64

156........ Quorum............................................................................................. 64

157........ Voting at meetings etc....................................................................... 65

158........ Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 65

159........ Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 65

160........ Minutes............................................................................................. 66

Part 4.7—Delegation by the Pricing Authority                                                  67

161........ Delegation by the Pricing Authority.................................................. 67

Part 4.8—Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing Authority                     68

162........ Establishment.................................................................................... 68

163........ Role................................................................................................... 68

164........ Appointment..................................................................................... 68

165........ Acting appointments......................................................................... 69

166........ Outside employment......................................................................... 69

167........ Remuneration.................................................................................... 69

168........ Leave................................................................................................. 70

169........ Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 70

170........ Resignation....................................................................................... 70

171........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 71

172........ Other terms and conditions............................................................... 72

Part 4.9—Staff and consultants                                                                                  73

173........ Staff.................................................................................................. 73

174........ Persons assisting the Pricing Authority............................................ 73

175........ Consultants....................................................................................... 73

Part 4.10—Clinical Advisory Committee                                                              74

Division 1—Establishment and functions of the Clinical Advisory Committee 74

176........ Establishment of the Clinical Advisory Committee........................... 74

177........ Functions of the Clinical Advisory Committee................................. 74

Division 2—Membership of the Clinical Advisory Committee             75

178........ Membership of the Clinical Advisory Committee............................. 75

179........ Appointment of Clinical Advisory Committee members................... 75

180........ Period of appointment for Clinical Advisory Committee members... 75

181........ Acting Clinical Advisory Committee members................................. 76

182........ Procedures........................................................................................ 77

183........ Disclosure of interests to the Minister and the Pricing Authority...... 78

184........ Disclosure of interests to Clinical Advisory Committee.................... 78

185........ Outside employment......................................................................... 79

186........ Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 79

187........ Leave of absence............................................................................... 80

188........ Resignation....................................................................................... 80

189........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 80

190........ Other terms and conditions............................................................... 80

Division 3—Subcommittees                                                                                     81

191........ Subcommittees.................................................................................. 81

192........ Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 81

Division 4—Annual report                                                                                       83

193........ Annual report.................................................................................... 83

Division 5—Pricing Authority may assist the Clinical Advisory Committee and its subcommittees     84

194........ Pricing Authority may assist the Clinical Advisory Committee and its subcommittees            84

Part 4.11—Jurisdictional Advisory Committee                                                 85

195........ Establishment of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.................. 85

196........ Functions of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee........................ 85

197........ Membership of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.................... 86

198........ Appointment of Jurisdictional Advisory Committee members.......... 86

199........ Substitute members........................................................................... 87

200........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 87

201........ Application of the Remuneration Tribunal Act.................................. 87

202........ Procedures........................................................................................ 88

203........ Disclosure of interests to Jurisdictional Advisory Committee........... 88

204........ Pricing Authority may assist the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee 89

Part 4.12—Other committees                                                                                        90

205........ Committees....................................................................................... 90

206........ Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 90

207........ Pricing Authority may assist committees.......................................... 91

Part 4.13—Reporting and planning                                                                         92

208........ Minister or State/Territory Health Minister may require the Pricing Authority to prepare reports or give information.......................................................................................................... 92

209........ Keeping the Standing Council on Health informed........................... 93

210........ Reporting to Parliament..................................................................... 93

211........ Minister and State/Territory Health Ministers comment before public reports         94

212........ Corporate plan................................................................................... 94

Part 4.13A—Finance                                                                                                          95

212A..... Money payable to the Pricing Authority........................................... 95

212B..... Application of money by the Pricing Authority................................ 95

212C..... Taxation............................................................................................ 96

Part 4.14—Secrecy                                                                                                              97

213........ Secrecy.............................................................................................. 97

214........ Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act.................................. 98

215........ Disclosure to committees.................................................................. 98

216........ Disclosure to the Minister................................................................. 99

217........ Disclosure to a State/Territory Health Minister................................. 99

218........ Disclosure to the Secretary etc.......................................................... 99

219........ Disclosure to a Royal Commission................................................... 99

220........ Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies or persons............................. 99

221........ Disclosure to researchers................................................................ 101

222........ Disclosure with consent.................................................................. 101

223........ Disclosure of publicly available information................................... 101

224........ Delegation....................................................................................... 101

Part 4.15—Other matters                                                                                              102

225........ Consultation on the Pricing Authority’s work program.................. 102

226........ Minister may give directions to the Pricing Authority..................... 102

227........ Pricing Authority CEO not subject to direction by the Pricing Authority on certain matters    103

Chapter 5—Administrator of the Funding Pool                                             104

Part 5.1—Introduction                                                                                                    104

228........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 104

229........ Interpreting Part 5.2........................................................................ 104

230........ Standing Council on Health............................................................ 104

Part 5.2—Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool             106

Division 1—Establishment and functions                                                       106

231........ The office of Administrator............................................................. 106

232........ Appointment of Administrator........................................................ 106

233........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 107

234........ Suspension of Administrator.......................................................... 107

235........ Removal or resignation of Administrator........................................ 108

236........ Acting Administrator...................................................................... 109

237........ Provision of staff and facilities for Administrator........................... 109

238........ Functions of Administrator............................................................. 109

Division 2—Financial management and reporting                                   111

239........ Financial management obligations of Administrator....................... 111

240........ Monthly reports by Administrator.................................................. 111

241........ Annual report by Administrator...................................................... 112

242........ Administrator to prepare financial statements for State Pool Accounts 113

243........ Audit of financial statements........................................................... 113

244........ Performance audits.......................................................................... 113

245........ Provision of information generally.................................................. 114

246........ Format and content of reports and statements................................. 115

Division 3—Provisions relating to the functions of the Administrator  116

247........ Constitutional limits........................................................................ 116

248........ State laws may confer functions and powers.................................. 117

249........ How duty is imposed by State laws................................................ 118

250........ When State laws impose a duty on Funding Body or officer.......... 119

Part 5.3—National Health Funding Body                                                           120

Division 1—Establishment                                                                                     120

251........ National Health Funding Body....................................................... 120

252........ Function.......................................................................................... 120

Division 2—Chief Executive Officer of the Funding Body                   121

253........ Establishment.................................................................................. 121

254........ Role................................................................................................. 121

255........ Appointment................................................................................... 121

256........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 121

257........ Outside employment....................................................................... 122

258........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 122

259........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 123

260........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 123

261........ Resignation..................................................................................... 123

262........ Termination of appointment............................................................ 124

263........ Other terms and conditions............................................................. 124

Division 3—Staff, consultants etc.                                                                     126

264........ Staff................................................................................................ 126

265........ Persons assisting the Funding Body............................................... 126

266........ Consultants..................................................................................... 126

Division 4—Reporting and planning                                                                127

267........ Annual report.................................................................................. 127

267A..... Corporate plan................................................................................. 127

Part 5.4—Secrecy                                                                                                               128

Division 1—The Administrator                                                                           128

268........ Secrecy............................................................................................ 128

Division 2—Funding Body officials                                                                   130

269........ Secrecy............................................................................................ 130

270........ Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act................................ 131

271........ Disclosure to the Minister............................................................... 131

272........ Disclosure to a State/Territory Health Minister............................... 131

273........ Disclosure to the Secretary etc........................................................ 131

274........ Disclosure to a Royal Commission................................................. 131

275........ Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies or persons........................... 132

276........ Disclosure to researchers................................................................ 133

277........ Disclosure with consent.................................................................. 133

278........ Disclosure of publicly available information................................... 133

Chapter 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                            134

279........ Protection of patient confidentiality................................................. 134

280........ Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws etc...................... 135

282........ Regulations..................................................................................... 135

Endnotes                                                                                                                                  136

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                          136

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                              138

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                           139

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                         141


An Act relating to national health reform, and for other purposes

Chapter 1Preliminary

  

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the National Health Reform Act 2011.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 July 2011.

3  Object

                   The object of this Act is to establish:

                     (a)  the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; and

                     (c)  the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority; and

                     (d)  the office of Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool; and

                     (e)  the National Health Funding Body.

4  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Act:

•      This Act sets up:

       (a)     the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; and

      (b)     the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority; and

       (c)     the office of Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool; and

      (d)     the National Health Funding Body.

•      The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has functions relating to health care safety and quality matters.

•      The main functions of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority are as follows:

       (a)     to determine the national efficient price for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are funded on an activity basis;

      (b)     to determine the efficient cost for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are block funded;

       (c)     to publish this, and other information, for the purpose of informing decision makers in relation to the funding of public hospitals.

•      The main function of the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool is to administer the National Health Funding Pool.

•      The function of the National Health Funding Body is to assist the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool.

5  Definitions

                   In this Act:

Administrator means the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool appointed under section 232 and under the corresponding provision of the laws of the States and Territories.

Clinical Advisory Committee member means a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee, and includes the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee.

clinician means an individual who provides diagnosis, or treatment, as a professional:

                     (a)  medical practitioner; or

                     (b)  nurse; or

                     (c)  allied health practitioner; or

                     (d)  health practitioner not covered by paragraph (a), (b) or (c).

COAG means the Council of Australian Governments.

Commission means the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Commission Board means the Board of the Commission.

Commission Board Chair means the Chair of the Commission Board.

Commission Board member means a member of the Commission Board, and includes the Commission Board Chair.

Commission CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

cost‑shifting dispute has the meaning given by subsection 138(1).

cross‑border dispute has the meaning given by subsection 138(2).

function, in Part 5.2, includes a power, authority or duty.

Funding Body means the National Health Funding Body.

Funding Body CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Funding Body.

health care safety and quality matter means:

                     (a)  a matter relating to the safety of health care services; or

                     (b)  a matter relating to the quality of health care services; or

                     (c)  a matter specified in the regulations.

Health Department, of a State or Territory, means a Department of State that:

                     (a)  deals with matters relating to health; and

                     (b)  is administered by the State/Territory Health Minister of the State or Territory.

Health Minister means:

                     (a)  the Minister; or

                     (b)  a State/Territory Health Minister.

intergovernmental agreement means:

                     (a)  a written agreement between the Commonwealth and one or more States or Territories; or

                     (b)  a written resolution of COAG passed in accordance with the procedures determined by COAG.

Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member means a member of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee, and includes:

                     (a)  the Chair of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee; and

                     (b)  a person attending a meeting in place of a Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member.

local hospital network means an organisation that is a local hospital network (however described) for the purposes of the National Health Reform Agreement.

member of the Pricing Authority includes:

                     (a)  the Chair of the Pricing Authority; and

                     (b)  the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority.

Ministerial Conference means the body known as the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference.

National Health Funding Pool means the combined State Pool Accounts for each State and Territory.

National Health Reform Agreement means the National Health Reform Agreement between the Commonwealth and the States that was agreed to by COAG on 2 August 2011, as amended from time to time.

National Health Reform law, of a State or Territory, means a law of the State or Territory that gives effect to the National Health Reform Agreement.

official of the Commission means:

                     (a)  a Commission Board member; or

                     (b)  the Commission CEO; or

                     (c)  a member of the staff of the Commission; or

                     (d)  a person whose services are made available to the Commission under section 48; or

                     (e)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 49.

official of the Funding Body means:

                     (a)  the Funding Body CEO; or

                     (b)  a member of the staff of the Funding Body; or

                     (c)  a person whose services are made available to the Funding Body under section 265; or

                     (d)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 266.

official of the Pricing Authority means:

                     (a)  a member of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (b)  the Pricing Authority CEO; or

                     (c)  a member of the staff of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (d)  a person whose services are made available to the Pricing Authority under section 174; or

                     (e)  a person engaged as a consultant under section 175.

participating State/Territory Health Minister: if:

                     (a)  there is in force an agreement between the Commonwealth and:

                              (i)  a State; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Capital Territory; or

                            (iii)  the Northern Territory; and

                     (b)  under the agreement, the State or Territory undertakes to make financial contributions to the Commission;

the State/Territory Health Minister of the State or Territory is a participating State/Territory Health Minister.

partner of a person means:

                     (a)  the person’s spouse; or

                     (b)  the person’s de facto partner (within the meaning of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901).

Premier:

                     (a)  the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory is taken to be the Premier of that Territory for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (b)  the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory is taken to be the Premier of that Territory for the purposes of this Act.

Pricing Authority means the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

Pricing Authority CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing Authority.

private hospital means a facility specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister for the purposes of this definition.

protected Administrator information means information that was obtained by a person in the person’s capacity as the Administrator.

protected Commission information means information that:

                     (a)  was obtained by a person in the person’s capacity as an official of the Commission; and

                     (b)  relates to the affairs of a person other than an official of the Commission.

protected Funding Body information means information that:

                     (a)  was obtained by a person in the person’s capacity as an official of the Funding Body; and

                     (b)  relates to the affairs of a person other than an official of the Funding Body.

protected Pricing Authority information means information that:

                     (a)  was obtained by a person in the person’s capacity as an official of the Pricing Authority; and

                     (b)  relates to the affairs of a person other than an official of the Pricing Authority.

public hospital means a facility specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister for the purposes of this definition. If a facility is situated in a State, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory, the Minister must not specify the facility in such an instrument without the written agreement of the State/Territory Health Minister of the State or Territory, as the case may be.

responsible Minister for a jurisdiction means the relevant Minister with portfolio responsibility for the administration of the provision of this Act in which the expression occurs (or of the corresponding provision of the laws of the States).

Royal Commission has the same meaning as in the Royal Commissions Act 1902.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

staff of the Commission means the staff described in section 47.

staff of the Funding Body means the staff described in section 264.

staff of the Pricing Authority means the staff described in section 173.

Standing Council on Health has the meaning given by section 230.

State, in Parts 5.1 and 5.2, includes the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

State Managed Fund of a State or Territory means a bank account or fund established or designated by the State or Territory for the purposes of health funding under the National Health Reform Agreement that is required to be undertaken in the State or Territory through a State Managed Fund.

State Pool Account of a State or Territory means the bank accounts opened under the laws of the States and Territories as State Pool Accounts for the purposes of the National Health Reform Agreement.

State/Territory government body means:

                     (a)  the government of a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  an agency or authority of a State or Territory.

State/Territory Health Minister means:

                     (a)  the Minister of a State;

                     (b)  the Minister of the Australian Capital Territory; or

                     (c)  the Minister of the Northern Territory;

who is responsible, or principally responsible, for the administration of matters relating to health in the State, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory, as the case may be.

Treasurer means the Minister administering the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009.

vacancy, in relation to the office of:

                     (a)  a Commission Board member; or

                     (c)  a member of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (d)  a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee;

has a meaning affected by section 6.

6  Vacancies

             (1)  For the purposes of a reference in:

                     (a)  this Act to a vacancy in the office of a Commission Board member; or

                     (b)  the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to a vacancy in the membership of a body;

there are taken to be 9 offices of Commission Board member in addition to the Commission Board Chair.

             (3)  For the purposes of a reference in:

                     (a)  this Act to a vacancy in the office of a member of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (b)  the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to a vacancy in the membership of a body;

there are taken to be 7 offices of members of the Pricing Authority in addition to the Chair of the Pricing Authority and the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority.

             (4)  For the purposes of a reference in:

                     (a)  this Act to a vacancy in the office of a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee; or

                     (b)  the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to a vacancy in the membership of a body;

there are taken to be 8 offices of members of the Clinical Advisory Committee in addition to the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee.

7  Crown to be bound

             (1)  This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

             (2)  This Act does not make the Crown liable to a pecuniary penalty or to be prosecuted for an offence.

             (3)  The protection in subsection (2) does not apply to an authority of the Crown.

Chapter 2Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Part 2.1Introduction

  

7A  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Chapter:

•      This Chapter sets up the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

•      The Commission has functions relating to health care safety and quality matters.

•      There is to be a Board of the Commission.

•      There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

•      Committees may be established to assist the Commission.

Part 2.2Commission’s establishment, functions and powers

  

8  Establishment of the Commission

             (1)  The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is established by this section.

Note:          In this Act, Commission means the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care—see section 5.

             (2)  The Commission:

                     (a)  is a body corporate; and

                     (b)  must have a seal; and

                     (c)  may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property; and

                     (d)  may sue and be sued.

Note:          The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 applies to the Commission. That Act deals with matters relating to corporate Commonwealth entities, including reporting and the use and management of public resources.

             (3)  The seal of the Commission is to be kept in such custody as the Commission Board directs, and is not to be used except as authorised by the Commission Board.

             (4)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially must:

                     (a)  take judicial notice of the imprint of the seal of the Commission appearing on a document; and

                     (b)  presume that the document was duly sealed.

9  Functions of the Commission

             (1)  The Commission has the following functions:

                     (a)  to promote, support and encourage the implementation of arrangements, programs and initiatives relating to health care safety and quality matters;

                     (b)  to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information relating to health care safety and quality matters;

                     (c)  to advise the Minister about health care safety and quality matters;

                     (d)  to publish (whether on the internet or otherwise) reports and papers relating to health care safety and quality matters;

                     (e)  to formulate, in writing, standards relating to health care safety and quality matters;

                      (f)  to formulate, in writing, guidelines relating to health care safety and quality matters;

                     (g)  to formulate, in writing, indicators relating to health care safety and quality matters;

                     (h)  to promote, support and encourage the implementation of:

                              (i)  standards formulated under paragraph (e); and

                             (ii)  guidelines formulated under paragraph (f);

                      (i)  to promote, support and encourage the use of indicators formulated under paragraph (g);

                      (j)  to monitor the implementation and impact of:

                              (i)  standards formulated under paragraph (e); and

                             (ii)  guidelines formulated under paragraph (f);

                     (k)  to advise:

                              (i)  the Minister; and

                             (ii)  each participating State/Territory Health Minister;

                            about which standards formulated under paragraph (e) are suitable for implementation as national clinical standards;

                      (l)  to formulate model national schemes that:

                              (i)  provide for the accreditation of organisations that provide health care services; and

                             (ii)  relate to health care safety and quality matters;

                    (m)  to consult and co‑operate with other persons, organisations and governments on health care safety and quality matters;

                     (n)  such functions (if any) as are specified in a written instrument given by the Minister to the Commission Board Chair;

                     (o)  to promote, support, encourage, conduct and evaluate training programs for purposes in connection with the performance of any of the Commission’s functions;

                     (p)  to promote, support, encourage, conduct and evaluate research for purposes in connection with the performance of any of the Commission’s functions;

                     (q)  to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

Note 1:       See also section 57 (compliance with standards and guidelines is voluntary).

Note 2:       Sections 10 and 11 impose consultation requirements on the Commission.

             (2)  Before making an instrument under paragraph (1)(n), the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

Legislative instruments

             (3)  A standard formulated under paragraph (1)(e) is not a legislative instrument.

             (4)  Guidelines formulated under paragraph (1)(f) are not a legislative instrument.

             (5)  An indicator formulated under paragraph (1)(g) is not a legislative instrument.

             (6)  A model national scheme formulated under paragraph (1)(l) is not a legislative instrument.

             (7)  An instrument made under paragraph (1)(n) is not a legislative instrument.

10  Additional provisions about standards, guidelines and indicators

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to the following:

                     (a)  standards formulated by the Commission under paragraph 9(1)(e);

                     (b)  guidelines formulated by the Commission under paragraph 9(1)(f);

                     (c)  indicators formulated by the Commission under paragraph 9(1)(g).

Consultation

             (2)  Before formulating standards, guidelines or indicators, the Commission must consult:

                     (a)  clinicians; and

                     (b)  bodies known as lead clinician groups; and

                     (c)  each head (however described) of a Department of State of:

                              (i)  a State; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Capital Territory; or

                            (iii)  the Northern Territory;

                            where the Department:

                            (iv)  deals with matters relating to health; and

                             (v)  is administered by a participating State/Territory Health Minister; and

                     (d)  any other persons or bodies who, in the Commission’s opinion, are stakeholders in relation to the formulation of the standards, guidelines or indicators; and

                   (da)  carers; and

                   (db)  consumers; and

                     (e)  the public.

             (3)  If the Commission is of the opinion that:

                     (a)  there is an urgent need to formulate particular standards, guidelines or indicators; and

                     (b)  because of that urgent need, it is not reasonably practicable to comply with subsection (2) in relation to the formulation of those standards, guidelines or indicators;

the Commission is not required to comply with subsection (2) in relation to the formulation of those standards, guidelines or indicators.

Application or adoption of other instruments etc.

             (4)  Standards, guidelines or indicators may apply, adopt or incorporate, with or without modification, any matter contained in any other instrument or writing, as existing:

                     (a)  at a particular time; or

                     (b)  from time to time.

Information

             (5)  Before formulating standards, guidelines or indicators, the Commission must collect, analyse and interpret such information as the Commission considers relevant.

Rules to be complied with by Commission

             (6)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules to be complied with by the Commission in formulating standards, guidelines or indicators.

             (7)  Before making rules under subsection (6), the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (8)  The Commission must comply with rules in force under subsection (6).

11  Additional provisions about model national accreditation schemes

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to a model national accreditation scheme formulated by the Commission under paragraph 9(1)(l).

Consultation

             (2)  Before formulating a scheme, the Commission must consult:

                     (a)  each head (however described) of a Department of State of:

                              (i)  a State; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Capital Territory; or

                            (iii)  the Northern Territory;

                            where the Department:

                            (iv)  deals with matters relating to health; and

                             (v)  is administered by a participating State/Territory Health Minister; and

                     (b)  persons or bodies who, in the Commission’s opinion, are stakeholders in relation to the formulation of the scheme; and

                   (ba)  carers; and

                   (bb)  consumers; and

                     (c)  the public.

Rules to be complied with by Commission

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules to be complied with by the Commission in formulating a scheme.

             (4)  Before making rules under subsection (3), the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (5)  The Commission must comply with rules in force under subsection (3).

12  Constitutional limits

                   The Commission may perform its functions only:

                     (a)  for purposes related to:

                              (i)  the provision of pharmaceutical, sickness or hospital benefits; or

                             (ii)  the provision of medical or dental services; or

                     (b)  for purposes related to the granting of financial assistance to a State on such terms and conditions as the Parliament thinks fit; or

                     (c)  for purposes related to the executive power of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  for purposes related to statistics; or

                     (e)  in, or for purposes related to, a Territory; or

                      (f)  in or with respect to a Commonwealth place (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970); or

                     (g)  for purposes related to trade and commerce:

                              (i)  between Australia and places outside Australia; or

                             (ii)  among the States; or

                            (iii)  within a Territory, between a State and a Territory or between 2 Territories; or

                     (h)  for purposes related to a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                      (i)  by way of the use of a postal, telegraphic, telephonic or other like service within the meaning of paragraph 51(v) of the Constitution; or

                      (j)  by way of the provision of a service to:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth;

                            for a purpose of the Commonwealth; or

                     (k)  for purposes related to matters that are peculiarly adapted to the government of a nation and that cannot otherwise be carried on for the benefit of the nation; or

                      (l)  for purposes related to matters incidental to the execution of any of the legislative powers of the Parliament or the executive power of the Commonwealth.

13  Powers of the Commission

                   The Commission has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

14  Charging of fees

Fees

             (1)  The Commission may charge fees for things done in performing its functions, so long as rules are in force under subsection (2).

Rules to be complied with by Commission

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules to be complied with by the Commission in charging fees under subsection (1).

             (3)  Before making rules under subsection (2), the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (4)  The Commission must comply with rules in force under subsection (2).

15  Commission has privileges and immunities of the Crown

                   The Commission has the privileges and immunities of the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.

16  Ministerial directions

             (1)  The Minister may give directions to the Commission in relation to the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

             (2)  A direction under subsection (1) must be of a general nature only.

             (3)  Before making a direction under subsection (1), the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (4)  The Commission must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

Part 2.3The Commission Board

Division 1Establishment and role of the Commission Board

17  Establishment

                   The Commission Board of the Commission is established by this section.

Note:          In this Act, Commission Board means the Board of the Commission—see section 5.

18  Role

             (1)  The Commission Board is responsible for ensuring the proper and efficient performance of the Commission’s functions.

             (2)  The Commission Board has power to do all things necessary and convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its duties.

             (3)  Anything done in the name of, or on behalf of, the Commission by the Commission Board, or with the authority of the Commission Board, is taken to have been done by the Commission.

             (4)  If a function or power of the Commission is dependent on the opinion, belief or state of mind of the Commission in relation to a matter, the function or power may be exercised upon the opinion, belief or state of mind of a person or body acting as mentioned in subsection (3) in relation to that matter.

Division 2Members of the Commission Board

19  Membership

                   The Commission Board consists of the following members:

                     (a)  the Chair of the Commission Board;

                     (b)  not fewer than 7, and not more than 9, other members.

Note:          In this Act, Commission Board Chair means the Chair of the Commission Board and Commission Board member means a member of the Commission Board (including the Commission Board Chair)—see section 5.

20  Appointment of Commission Board members

             (1)  The Commission Board members are to be appointed by the Minister.

             (2)  The appointments are to be made by written instrument.

             (3)  A person is not eligible for appointment as a Commission Board member unless the Minister is satisfied that the person has:

                     (a)  substantial experience or knowledge; and

                     (b)  significant standing;

in at least one of the following fields:

                     (c)  public administration in relation to health care;

                     (d)  provision of professional health care services;

                     (e)  management of companies, or other organisations, that are involved in the provision of health care services outside the hospital system;

                      (f)  general management of public hospitals;

                     (g)  general management of private hospitals;

                    (ga)  primary health care services;

                   (gb)  management of general practice;

                     (h)  financial management;

                      (i)  corporate governance;

                      (j)  improvement of safety and quality;

                     (k)  representation of the interests of consumers;

                      (l)  law;

                    (m)  a field that is specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister.

             (4)  The Minister must ensure that the Commission Board members collectively possess an appropriate balance of experience and knowledge in each of the fields covered by subsection (3).

             (5)  A Commission Board member is to be appointed on a part‑time basis.

             (6)  Before:

                     (a)  appointing a Commission Board member under subsection (1); or

                     (b)  making an instrument under paragraph (3)(m);

the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

21  Period of appointment for Commission Board members

                   A Commission Board member holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          For re‑appointment, see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

22  Acting Commission Board members

Acting Commission Board Chair

             (1)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as the Commission Board Chair:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Commission Board Chair (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Commission Board Chair:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Acting Commission Board member (other than Commission Board Chair)

             (2)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as a Commission Board member (other than the Commission Board Chair):

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of a Commission Board member (other than the Commission Board Chair), whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a Commission Board member (other than the Commission Board Chair):

                              (i)  is absent from duty or Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

             (3)  An appointment under subsection (1) or (2) is to be made by written instrument.

Eligibility

             (4)  A person is not eligible for appointment to act as:

                     (a)  the Commission Board Chair; or

                     (b)  a Commission Board member (other than the Commission Board Chair);

unless the person is eligible for appointment as a Commission Board member.

Note 1:       For qualifications of Commission Board members, see subsection 20(3).

Note 2:       For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

23  Remuneration

             (1)  A Commission Board member is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, a Commission Board member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  A Commission Board member is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

24  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Minister may grant the Commission Board Chair leave of absence on the terms and conditions that the Minister determines.

             (2)  The Commission Board Chair may grant leave of absence to any other Commission Board member on the terms and conditions that the Commission Board Chair determines.

             (3)  The Commission Board Chair must notify the Minister if the Commission Board Chair grants to a Commission Board Member leave of absence for a period exceeding 6 months.

25  Resignation

             (1)  A Commission Board member may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

26  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of a Commission Board member for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Minister must terminate the appointment of a Commission Board member if:

                     (a)  the Commission Board member:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Commission Board member is absent, except on leave of absence, from 3 consecutive meetings of the Commission Board;

Note:          The appointment of a Commission Board member may also be terminated under section 30 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with terminating the appointment of an accountable authority, or a member of an accountable authority, for contravening general duties of officials).

             (3)  Before terminating the appointment of a Commission Board member under subsection (1), the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

27  Other terms and conditions

                   A Commission Board member holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

Division 3Procedures of the Commission Board

28  Convening of meetings

             (1)  The Commission Board Chair must convene 3 meetings of the Commission Board in each calendar year.

             (2)  The Commission Board Chair may convene such additional meetings (if any) as are, in his or her opinion, necessary for the conduct of the Commission’s affairs.

             (3)  The Commission Board Chair must convene a meeting of the Commission Board if directed to do so by the Minister.

29  Presiding at meetings

             (1)  The Commission Board Chair must preside at all meetings of the Commission Board at which he or she is present.

             (2)  If the Commission Board Chair is not present at a meeting, the Commission Board members present must elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

30  Quorum

                   At a meeting of the Commission Board, a quorum is constituted by:

                     (a)  if the total number of Commission Board members is 8 or 9—5 Commission Board members; or

                     (b)  if the total number of Commission Board members is 10—6 Commission Board members.

31  Voting at meetings

             (1)  At a meeting of the Commission Board, a question is decided by a majority of the votes of Commission Board members present and voting.

             (2)  The Commission Board member presiding at the meeting has:

                     (a)  a deliberative vote; and

                     (b)  in the event of an equality of votes, a casting vote.

32  Decisions without meetings

             (1)  The Commission Board is taken to have made a decision at a meeting if:

                     (a)  without meeting, a majority of the Commission Board members entitled to vote on the proposed decision indicate agreement with the decision; and

                     (b)  that agreement is indicated in accordance with the method determined by the Commission Board under subsection (2); and

                     (c)  all the Commission Board members were informed of the proposed decision, or reasonable efforts were made to inform all the Commission Board members of the proposed decision.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply unless the Commission Board:

                     (a)  has determined that it may make decisions of that kind without meeting; and

                     (b)  has determined the method by which Commission Board members are to indicate agreement with proposed decisions.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a Commission Board member is not entitled to vote on a proposed decision if the Commission Board member would not have been entitled to vote on that proposal if the matter had been considered at a meeting of the Commission Board.

33  Conduct of meetings

                   Subject to this Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Commission Board may regulate the conduct of its meetings as it thinks fit.

Note:          Section 33B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 contains further information about the ways in which Commission Board members may participate in meetings.

34  Minutes

                   The Commission Board must keep minutes of its meetings.

Division 4Delegation by the Commission Board

35  Delegation by the Commission Board

             (1)  The Commission Board may, by writing, delegate any or all of its functions and powers to:

                     (a)  a Commission Board member; or

                     (b)  the Commission CEO; or

                     (c)  a person who is:

                              (i)  a member of the staff of the Commission; and

                             (ii)  an SES employee or acting SES employee.

Note:          The expressions SES employee and acting SES employee are defined in the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  A delegate must comply with any written directions of the Commission Board.

Part 2.4Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants

Division 1Chief Executive Officer of the Commission

36  Establishment

                   There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

Note:          In this Act, Commission CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission—see section 5.

37  Role

             (1)  The Commission CEO is responsible for the day‑to‑day administration of the Commission.

             (2)  The Commission CEO has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her duties.

             (3)  The Commission CEO is to act in accordance with the policies determined, and any directions given, by the Commission Board.

38  Appointment

             (1)  The Commission CEO is to be appointed:

                     (a)  in the case of the first appointment made under this subsection—by the Minister; or

                     (b)  otherwise—by the Commission Board.

             (2)  If the appointment is covered by paragraph (1)(a), then before the Minister makes the appointment, the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (3)  If the appointment is covered by paragraph (1)(b), then before the Commission Board makes the appointment:

                     (a)  the Commission Board must consult the Minister; and

                     (b)  the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (4)  The appointment is to be made by written instrument.

             (5)  The Commission CEO holds office on a full‑time basis.

             (6)  The Commission CEO holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          For re‑appointment, see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (7)  The Commission CEO must not be a Commission Board member.

39  Acting appointments

             (1)  The Commission Board may appoint a person to act as the Commission CEO:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Commission CEO (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Commission CEO:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

             (2)  An appointment under subsection (1) is to be made by written instrument.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

40  Outside employment

             (1)  The Commission CEO must not engage in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the Commission Board Chair’s approval.

             (2)  The Commission Board Chair must notify the Minister of any approval given under subsection (1).

41  Remuneration

             (1)  The Commission CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the Commission CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Commission CEO is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

42  Leave

             (1)  The Commission CEO has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Commission Board Chair may grant the Commission CEO leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Commission Board Chair determines.

             (3)  The Commission Board Chair must notify the Minister if the Commission Board Chair grants the Commission CEO leave of absence for a period exceeding 2 months.

43  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  A disclosure by the Commission CEO under section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) must be made to the Commission Board.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in addition to any rules made for the purposes of that section.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Commission CEO is taken not to have complied with section 29 of that Act if the Commission CEO does not comply with subsection (1) of this section.

44  Resignation

             (1)  The Commission CEO may resign his or her appointment by giving the Commission Board Chair a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Commission Board Chair or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

             (3)  If the Commission CEO resigns, the Commission Board Chair must notify the Minister of the resignation.

45  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Commission Board may terminate the appointment of the Commission CEO for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Commission Board may terminate the appointment of the Commission CEO if the Commission Board is satisfied that the Commission CEO’s performance has been unsatisfactory.

             (3)  Before the Commission Board terminates the appointment of the Commission CEO under subsection (1) or (2):

                     (a)  the Commission Board must consult the Minister; and

                     (b)  the Minister must consult each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

             (4)  The Commission Board must terminate the appointment of the Commission CEO if:

                     (a)  the Commission CEO:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Commission CEO is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Commission CEO fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) or rules made for the purposes of that section; or

                     (d)  the Commission CEO engages, except with the Commission Board Chair’s approval, in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office (see section 40).

             (5)  If the Commission Board terminates the appointment of the Commission CEO, the Commission Board must notify:

                     (a)  the Minister; and

                     (b)  each participating State/Territory Health Minister;

of the termination.

46  Other terms and conditions

                   The Commission CEO holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Commission Board.

Division 2Staff and consultants

47  Staff

             (1)  The staff of the Commission are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the Commission CEO and the staff of the Commission together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Commission CEO is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

48  Persons assisting the Commission

                   The Commission may also be assisted:

                     (a)  by officers and employees of Agencies (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or

                     (b)  by officers and employees of authorities of the Commonwealth; or

                     (c)  by officers and employees of a State or Territory; or

                     (d)  by officers and employees of authorities of a State or Territory;

whose services are made available to the Commission in connection with the performance of any of its functions.

49  Consultants

                   The Commission may engage consultants to assist in the performance of its functions.

Part 2.5Committees

  

50  Committees

             (1)  The Commission may establish committees to advise or assist it in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  A committee may be constituted:

                     (a)  wholly by Commission Board members; or

                     (b)  wholly by persons who are not Commission Board members; or

                     (c)  partly by Commission Board members and partly by other persons.

             (3)  The Commission may determine, in relation to a committee established under this section:

                     (a)  the committee’s terms of reference; and

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of appointment of the members of the committee; and

                     (c)  the procedures to be followed by the committee.

51  Remuneration and allowances

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if a committee is established under section 50.

Remuneration and allowances

             (2)  A committee member is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  However, a committee member is not entitled to be paid remuneration if he or she holds an office or appointment, or is otherwise employed, on a full‑time basis in the service or employment of:

                     (a)  a State; or

                     (b)  a corporation (a public statutory corporation) that:

                              (i)  is established for a public purpose by a law of a State; and

                             (ii)  is not a tertiary education institution; or

                     (c)  a company limited by guarantee, where the interests and rights of the members in or in relation to the company are beneficially owned by a State; or

                     (d)  a company in which all the stock or shares are beneficially owned by a State or by a public statutory corporation.

Note:          A similar rule applies to a committee member who has a similar relationship with the Commonwealth or a Territory. See subsection 7(11) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

             (4)  A committee member is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (5)  This section (other than subsection (3)) has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

Part 2.6Reporting and planning obligations of the Commission

  

52  Publishing reports and documents about performance of Commission’s function

                   If:

                     (a)  a report about a matter relating to the performance of the Commission’s functions; or

                     (b)  a document setting out information relating to the performance of the Commission’s functions;

is given to the Minister under paragraph 19(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Minister may cause the report or document to be published (whether on the internet or otherwise).

53  Annual report

                   The annual report prepared by the Commission Board and given to the Minister under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for a period must include:

                     (a)  an assessment of the impact of the performance of each of the Commission’s functions during the period; and

                     (b)  an assessment of:

                              (i)  the safety of health care services provided during the period; and

                             (ii)  the quality of health care services provided during the period.

54  Work plan

Work plan

             (1)  The Commission must prepare a work plan during each financial year and give it to the Minister.

             (2)  The work plan must set out the Commission’s priorities for work to be undertaken during the next 3 financial years.

             (3)  As soon as practicable after receiving a work plan under subsection (1), the Minister must give a copy of the work plan to each participating State/Territory Health Minister.

Consultation on draft work plan

             (4)  Before preparing a work plan under subsection (1) during a financial year, the Commission must:

                     (a)  prepare a draft of the work plan and give it to the Minister; and

                     (b)  do so during the period that starts at the beginning of the financial year and ends:

                              (i)  at the end of 31 October in the financial year; or

                             (ii)  if another day in the financial year is specified in a written instrument made by the Minister—at the end of that other day.

             (5)  As soon as practicable after receiving a draft work plan under subsection (4), the Minister must:

                     (a)  give a copy of the draft work plan to each participating State/Territory Health Minister; and

                     (b)  invite each participating State/Territory Health Minister to make a written submission to the Commission about the draft work plan within:

                              (i)  90 days after the invitation is given; or

                             (ii)  if another period is specified in the invitation—that other period.

             (6)  In preparing a work plan under subsection (1), the Commission must have regard to any submissions made by participating State/Territory Health Ministers under paragraph (5)(b) in relation to the draft of the work plan.

Legislative instrument

             (7)  An instrument under subparagraph (4)(b)(ii) is not a legislative instrument.

54AA  Corporate plan

             (1)  A work plan prepared under section 54 is not a corporate plan for the purposes of section 35 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Note:          The Commission Board must also prepare a corporate plan under that section.

             (2)  Subsection 35(3) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the Australian Government’s key priorities and objectives) does not apply to a corporate plan prepared by the Commission Board.

Part 2.7Secrecy

  

54A  Secrecy

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, an official of the Commission; and

                     (b)  the person has obtained protected Commission information in the person’s capacity as an official of the Commission; and

                     (c)  the person:

                              (i)  discloses the information to another person; or

                             (ii)  uses the information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

Exceptions

             (2)  Each of the following is an exception to the prohibition in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is authorised by this Part;

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is in compliance with a requirement under:

                              (i)  a law of the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  a prescribed law of a State or a Territory.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  Except where it is necessary to do so for the purposes of giving effect to this Act, a person who is, or has been, an official of the Commission is not to be required:

                     (a)  to produce to a court or tribunal a document containing protected Commission information; or

                     (b)  to disclose protected Commission information to a court or tribunal.

54B  Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act

                   An official of the Commission may disclose or use protected Commission information if:

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of the performance of the functions of the Commission under this Act; or

                     (c)  the disclosure or use is in the course of the official’s employment or service as an official of the Commission.

54C  Disclosure to committee

             (1)  An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information to a committee established under section 50.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is a member of a committee established under section 50; and

                     (b)  protected Commission information has been disclosed under subsection (1) to the committee; and

                     (c)  the person:

                              (i)  discloses the information to another person; or

                             (ii)  uses the information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of the performance of the functions of the committee under this Act; or

                     (c)  the disclosure or use is in the course of the person’s service as a member of the committee.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

54D  Disclosure to the Minister

                   An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information to the Minister.

54E  Disclosure to the Treasurer

                   An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information to the Treasurer.

54F  Disclosure to the Secretary etc.

                   An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information to:

                     (a)  the Secretary; or

                     (b)  an APS employee in the Department who is authorised by the Secretary, in writing, for the purposes of this section.

54G  Disclosure to a Royal Commission

             (1)  An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information to a Royal Commission.

             (2)  The Commission Board Chair may, by writing, impose conditions to be complied with in relation to protected Commission information disclosed under subsection (1).

             (3)  An instrument under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

54H  Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies or persons

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Commission Board Chair is satisfied that particular protected Commission information will enable or assist any of the following agencies, bodies or persons:

                    (aa)  the Pricing Authority;

                   (ab)  the Administrator;

                    (ac)  the Funding Body;

                     (b)  the Ministerial Conference;

                     (c)  the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council;

                     (d)  the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare;

                     (e)  the Australian Statistician;

                      (f)  a State/Territory government body that has functions relating to health care;

                     (g)  a professional disciplinary body specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister;

                     (h)  an agency, person or body specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister;

to perform or exercise any of the functions or powers of the agency, body or person.

Disclosure

             (2)  If an official of the Commission is authorised by the Commission Board Chair, in writing, for the purposes of this section, the official may disclose that protected Commission information to the agency, body or person concerned.

             (3)  If protected Commission information is disclosed under subsection (2) to an agency, body or person, the agency, body or person must not disclose or use the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was given to the agency, body or person.

54J  Disclosure to researchers

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Commission Board Chair is satisfied that particular protected Commission information will assist an agency, body or person to conduct research.

Disclosure

             (2)  If an official of the Commission is authorised by the Commission Board Chair, in writing, for the purposes of this section, the official may disclose that protected Commission information to the agency, body or person concerned.

             (3)  An official of the Commission must not disclose information under subsection (2) if the information is likely to enable the identification of a particular patient.

54K  Disclosure with consent

                   An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information that relates to the affairs of a person if:

                     (a)  the person has consented to the disclosure; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is in accordance with that consent.

54L  Disclosure of publicly available information

                   An official of the Commission may disclose protected Commission information if it has already been lawfully made available to the public.

54M  Delegation

             (1)  The Commission Board Chair may, by writing, delegate any or all of his or her functions and powers under this Part to the Commission CEO.

             (2)  A delegate must comply with any written directions of the Commission Board Chair.

Part 2.8Other matters

  

55  Commission CEO not subject to direction by the Commission Board on certain matters

                   To avoid doubt, the Commission CEO is not subject to direction by the Commission Board in relation to the Commission CEO’s performance of functions, or exercise of powers, under the Public Service Act 1999, in relation to the Commission.

56  Taxation

                   The Commission is not subject to taxation under any law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

57  Compliance with standards and guidelines

             (1)  Compliance with a standard formulated under paragraph 9(1)(e), or a guideline formulated under paragraph 9(1)(f), is voluntary.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not prevent compliance with a standard formulated under paragraph 9(1)(e), or a guideline formulated under paragraph 9(1)(f), from being a term or condition of:

                     (a)  a grant; or

                     (b)  a contract or other legally enforceable agreement.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not prevent a standard formulated under paragraph 9(1)(e), or a guideline formulated under paragraph 9(1)(f), from being applied or adopted by or under:

                     (a)  a law of a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  a law of the Commonwealth other than this Act.

Chapter 4Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Part 4.1Introduction

  

128  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Chapter:

•      This Chapter sets up the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

•      The main functions of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority are as follows:

               (a)     to determine the national efficient price for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are funded on an activity basis;

              (b)     to determine the efficient cost for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are block funded;

               (c)     to publish this, and other information, in a report each year for the purpose of informing decision makers in relation to the funding of public hospitals.

•      This Chapter also sets up the Clinical Advisory Committee and the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee to assist the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

Part 4.2Pricing Authority’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities

  

129  Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority is established by this section.

Note:          In this Act, Pricing Authority means the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority—see section 5.

             (2)  In establishing the Pricing Authority, the Parliament intends to give effect to the agreement between the Commonwealth, the States and the Territories to establish a body to give independent and transparent advice in relation to funding for public hospitals.

130  Object of the Pricing Authority

                   The object of the Pricing Authority is to promote improved efficiency in, and access to, public hospital services by:

                     (a)  providing independent advice to governments in relation to the efficient costs of such services, and

                     (b)  developing and implementing robust systems to support activity based funding for such services.

131  Functions of the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Pricing Authority has the following functions:

                     (a)  to determine the national efficient price for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are funded on an activity basis;

                     (b)  to determine the efficient cost for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are block funded;

                     (c)  to develop and specify classification systems for health care and other services provided by public hospitals;

                     (d)  to determine adjustments to the national efficient price to reflect legitimate and unavoidable variations in the costs of delivering health care services;

                     (e)  to determine data requirements and data standards to apply in relation to data to be provided by States and Territories, including:

                              (i)  data and coding standards to support uniform provision of data; and

                             (ii)  requirements and standards relating to patient demographic characteristics and other information relevant to classifying, costing and paying for public hospital functions;

                      (f)  except where otherwise agreed between the Commonwealth and a State or Territory—to determine the public hospital functions that are to be funded in the State or Territory by the Commonwealth;

                     (g)  to publish a report setting out the national efficient price for the coming year and any other information that would support the efficient funding of public hospitals;

                     (h)  to advise the Commonwealth, the States and the Territories in relation to funding models for hospitals;

                      (i)  to provide confidential advice to the Commonwealth, the States and the Territories in relation to the costs of providing health care services in the future;

                      (j)  such functions as are conferred on the Pricing Authority by Part 4.3 of this Act (cost‑shifting disputes and cross‑border disputes);

                     (k)  to publish (whether on the internet or otherwise) reports and papers relating to its functions;

                      (l)  to call for and accept, on an annual basis, public submissions in relation to the functions set out in paragraphs (a) to (f);

                    (m)  such functions (if any) as are specified in a written instrument given by the Minister to the Chair of the Pricing Authority with the agreement of COAG;

                     (n)  to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

             (2)  COAG is to give its agreement for the purposes of paragraph (1)(m) by a written resolution of COAG passed in accordance with the procedures determined by COAG.

             (3)  In performing its functions, the Pricing Authority must have regard to the following:

                     (a)  relevant expertise and best practice within Australia and internationally;

                     (b)  submissions made at any time by the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

                     (c)  the need to ensure:

                              (i)  reasonable access to health care services; and

                             (ii)  safety and quality in the provision of health care services; and

                            (iii)  continuity and predictability in the cost of health care services; and

                            (iv)  the effectiveness, efficiency and financial sustainability of the public hospital system;

                     (d)  the range of public hospitals and the variables affecting the actual cost of providing health care services in each of those hospitals.

132  Intergovernmental agreements

Pricing Authority must have regard to intergovernmental agreements

             (1)  If an intergovernmental agreement is relevant to the performance of a function of the Pricing Authority, the Pricing Authority must have regard to the agreement in performing the function.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not limit the matters to which regard may be had.

Pricing Authority must follow processes in National Health Reform Agreement

             (3)  Where the National Health Reform Agreement sets out processes to be followed, or conditions or requirements to be met, by the Pricing Authority in performing a function, the Pricing Authority must follow the processes, or meet the conditions or requirements, in performing the function.

133  Policy principles—COAG

             (1)  COAG may give written policy principles to the Pricing Authority about the performance of the Pricing Authority’s functions.

Note:          For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The policy principles are to be given in accordance with a written resolution of COAG passed in accordance with the procedures determined by COAG.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority must publish a copy of the policy principles on its website.

             (4)  The Pricing Authority must not perform its functions in a manner that is inconsistent with the policy principles (if any).

             (5)  The policy principles are not legislative instruments.

134  Constitutional limits

                   The Pricing Authority may perform its functions only:

                     (a)  for purposes related to:

                              (i)  the provision of pharmaceutical, sickness or hospital benefits; or

                             (ii)  the provision of medical or dental services; or

                     (b)  for purposes related to the granting of financial assistance to a State on such terms and conditions as the Parliament thinks fit; or

                     (c)  for purposes related to the executive power of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  for purposes related to statistics; or

                     (e)  in, or for purposes related to, a Territory; or

                      (f)  in or with respect to a Commonwealth place (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970); or

                     (g)  for purposes related to trade and commerce:

                              (i)  between Australia and places outside Australia; or

                             (ii)  among the States; or

                            (iii)  within a Territory, between a State and a Territory or between 2 Territories; or

                     (h)  for purposes related to a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                      (i)  by way of the use of a postal, telegraphic, telephonic or other like service within the meaning of paragraph 51(v) of the Constitution; or

                      (j)  by way of the provision of a service to:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth;

                            for a purpose of the Commonwealth; or

                     (k)  for purposes related to matters that are peculiarly adapted to the government of a nation and that cannot otherwise be carried on for the benefit of the nation; or

                      (l)  for purposes related to matters incidental to the execution of any of the legislative powers of the Parliament or the executive power of the Commonwealth.

135  Powers of the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Pricing Authority has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The powers of the Pricing Authority include, but are not limited to, the power to enter into contracts.

137  Pricing Authority has privileges and immunities of the Crown

                   The Pricing Authority has the privileges and immunities of the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.

Part 4.3Cost‑shifting disputes and cross‑border disputes

  

138  Cost‑shifting disputes and cross‑border disputes

Meaning of cost‑shifting dispute

             (1)  A cost‑shifting dispute arises if:

                     (a)  a Health Minister believes that costs to his or her jurisdiction in relation to health care services are attributable to one or more changes that have been made to the policies, programs or practices of another jurisdiction (the second jurisdiction); and

                     (b)  within 2 months after being requested to do so, the second jurisdiction has not reimbursed those costs.

Meaning of cross‑border dispute

             (2)  A cross‑border dispute arises if:

                     (a)  a State/Territory Health Minister believes that:

                              (i)  costs to his or her jurisdiction in relation to health care services are attributable to the provision of public hospital services to residents of another jurisdiction (the second jurisdiction); and

                             (ii)  an intergovernmental agreement, or an agreement between States or States and Territories, provides for those costs to be reimbursed, wholly or partly, by the second jurisdiction; and

                     (b)  after being requested to do so, the second jurisdiction has not reimbursed those costs:

                              (i)  within 2 months after the jurisdictions agree on the number of health care services involved; or

                             (ii)  within 6 months after the last of those services was provided.

139  Assessment by Pricing Authority of cost‑shifting disputes

Request for assessment

             (1)  A Health Minister may request the Pricing Authority to make an assessment about a cost‑shifting dispute between his or her jurisdiction (the first jurisdiction) and another jurisdiction (the second jurisdiction).

             (2)  The request must be:

                     (a)  in writing; and

                     (b)  accompanied by a written submission in support of the request.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority must investigate the dispute if it is satisfied that the jurisdictions have:

                     (a)  complied with any relevant requirements set out in intergovernmental agreements, or agreements between States or States and Territories; and

                     (b)  made other reasonable efforts to resolve the dispute.

             (4)  As soon as practicable after starting to investigate the dispute, the Pricing Authority must give the Health Minister of the second jurisdiction:

                     (a)  the following in writing:

                              (i)  notice of the request;

                             (ii)  an invitation to make a written submission to the Pricing Authority about the dispute within 60 days after receiving the invitation; and

                     (b)  a copy of the submission that accompanied the request.

             (5)  Following the investigation, the Pricing Authority must:

                     (a)  prepare a draft assessment and give them to the Health Ministers; and

                     (b)  invite the Health Ministers to give the Pricing Authority written comments on the draft assessment within 30 days after receiving them.

The draft assessment must be accompanied by a copy of any submissions received by the Pricing Authority.

Final assessment

             (6)  The Pricing Authority must prepare a final assessment and give it to the Health Ministers.

             (7)  If the assessment is that costs to the first jurisdiction in relation to health care services are attributable to one or more changes that have been made to the policies, programs or practices of the second jurisdiction, the Pricing Authority must publish the final assessment on the Pricing Authority’s website.

140  Recommendations by Pricing Authority on cross‑border disputes

Request for recommendations

             (1)  A Health Minister may request the Pricing Authority to make recommendations about a cross‑border dispute between his or her jurisdiction and another jurisdiction.

             (2)  The request must be:

                     (a)  in writing; and

                     (b)  accompanied by a written submission in support of the request.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority must investigate the dispute if it is satisfied that the jurisdictions have:

                     (a)  complied with any relevant requirements set out in intergovernmental agreements, or agreements between States or States and Territories; and

                     (b)  made other reasonable efforts to resolve the dispute.

             (4)  As soon as practicable after starting to investigate the dispute, the Pricing Authority must give the Health Minister of the other jurisdiction:

                     (a)  the following in writing:

                              (i)  notice of the request;

                             (ii)  an invitation to make a written submission to the Pricing Authority about the dispute within 60 days after receiving the invitation; and

                     (b)  a copy of the submission that accompanied the request.

             (5)  Following the investigation, the Pricing Authority must:

                     (a)  prepare draft recommendations and give them to the Health Ministers; and

                     (b)  invite the Health Ministers to give the Pricing Authority written comments on the draft recommendations within 30 days after receiving them.

Final recommendations

             (6)  The Pricing Authority must prepare final recommendations and give them to the Health Ministers.

141  Advice to Commonwealth to adjust funding

                   The Pricing Authority may advise the Commonwealth of adjustments to the Commonwealth’s funding in relation to health care services that would be necessary to give effect to final recommendations in relation to a cross‑border dispute if:

                     (a)  3 months have passed since the recommendations were given; and

                     (b)  the recommendations have not been compiled with; and

                     (c)  the Health Minister who requested the recommendations requests the advice to be given.

Part 4.4Constitution and membership of the Pricing Authority

  

142  Constitution of the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Pricing Authority:

                     (a)  is a body corporate with perpetual succession; and

                     (b)  must have a seal; and

                     (c)  may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property; and

                     (d)  may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

             (2)  The seal of the Pricing Authority is to be kept in such custody as the Pricing Authority directs and must not be used except as authorised by the Pricing Authority.

             (3)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially must:

                     (a)  take judicial notice of the imprint of the seal of the Pricing Authority appearing on a document; and

                     (b)  presume that the document was duly sealed.

143  Membership of the Pricing Authority

                   The Pricing Authority consists of the following members:

                     (a)  a Chair;

                     (b)  a Deputy Chair;

                     (c)  7 other members.

Note:          In this Act, member of the Pricing Authority includes the Chair of the Pricing Authority and the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority—see section 5.

144  Appointment of members of the Pricing Authority

             (1)  Each member of the Pricing Authority is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

Note:          The member of the Pricing Authority is eligible for reappointment: see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Deputy Chair is to be appointed with the agreement of the Premiers of:

                     (a)  the States; and

                     (b)  the Australian Capital Territory; and

                     (c)  the Northern Territory.

             (3)  A member of the Pricing Authority (other than the Chair or Deputy Chair) is to be appointed with the agreement of:

                     (a)  the Prime Minister; and

                     (b)  the Premiers of:

                              (i)  the States; and

                             (ii)  the Australian Capital Territory; and

                            (iii)  the Northern Territory.

             (4)  The Minister must ensure that at least one member of the Pricing Authority has:

                     (a)  substantial experience or knowledge; and

                     (b)  significant standing;

in the following fields:

                     (c)  the health care needs of people living in regional or rural areas;

                     (d)  the provision of health care services in regional or rural areas.

             (5)  A member of the Pricing Authority may hold office on either a full‑time or a part‑time basis.

145  Period of appointment for members of the Pricing Authority

                   A member of the Pricing Authority holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          For reappointment, see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

146  Acting members of the Pricing Authority

Acting Chair of the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as the Chair of the Pricing Authority:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Chair of the Pricing Authority (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chair of the Pricing Authority:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Acting Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority

             (2)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Acting member of the Pricing Authority (other than the Chair or Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority)

             (3)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as a member of the Pricing Authority (other than the Chair or Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority):

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of a member of the Pricing Authority (other than the Chair or Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority), whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a member of the Pricing Authority (other than the Chair or Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority):

                              (i)  is absent from duty or Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Written instrument

             (4)  An appointment under subsection (1), (2) or (3) is to be made by written instrument.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Agreement of the Standing Council on Health

             (5)  The Minister must have the agreement of the Standing Council on Health before making an appointment under subsection (2).

             (6)  The Minister must consult the Standing Council on Health before making an appointment under subsection (3).

Part 4.5Terms and conditions for members of the Pricing Authority

  

147  Remuneration

             (1)  A member of the Pricing Authority is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, a member of the Pricing Authority is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  A member of the Pricing Authority is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

148  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  A disclosure by a member of the Pricing Authority under section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) must be made to the Minister.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in addition to any rules made for the purposes of that section.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the member is taken not to have complied with section 29 of that Act if the member does not comply with subsection (1) of this section.

150  Leave of absence

             (1)  A full‑time member of the Pricing Authority has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant leave of absence, other than recreation leave, to a full‑time member of the Pricing Authority on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

             (3)  The Chair of the Pricing Authority may grant leave of absence to a part‑time member of the Pricing Authority on the terms and conditions that the Chair determines.

151  Resignation

             (1)  A member of the Pricing Authority may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

152  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may at any time terminate the appointment of the Chair of the Pricing Authority.

             (2)  The Minister must, if requested to do so by a majority of the State/Territory Health Ministers, terminate the appointment of the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority.

             (3)  The Minister may at any time, with the agreement of a majority of the State/Territory Health Ministers that includes at least 3 State Ministers, terminate the appointment of a member of the Pricing Authority (other than the Chair or Deputy Chair).

153  Other terms and conditions

                   A member of the Pricing Authority holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

Part 4.6Decision‑making by the Pricing Authority

  

154  Holding of meetings

             (1)  The Pricing Authority is to hold such meetings as are necessary for the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The Chair of the Pricing Authority may convene a meeting at any time.

155  Presiding at meetings

             (1)  The Chair of the Pricing Authority presides at all meetings at which he or she is present.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the Chair of the Pricing Authority is not present at a meeting; and

                     (b)  the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority is present at the meeting;

the Deputy Chair of the Pricing Authority is to preside.

             (3)  If neither the Chair, nor the Deputy Chair, of the Pricing Authority is present at a meeting, the members of the Pricing Authority present must appoint one of themselves to preside.

156  Quorum

                   At a meeting of the Pricing Authority, 5 members of the Pricing Authority constitute a quorum.

157  Voting at meetings etc.

             (1)  At a meeting of the Pricing Authority, a question is decided by a majority of the votes of members of the Pricing Authority present and voting.

             (2)  The person presiding at a meeting has a deliberative vote.

158  Decisions without meetings

             (1)  The Pricing Authority is taken to have made a decision at a meeting if:

                     (a)  without meeting, a majority of the members entitled to vote on the proposed decision indicate agreement with the decision; and

                     (b)  that agreement is indicated in accordance with the method determined by the Pricing Authority under subsection (2); and

                     (c)  all the members were informed of the proposed decision, or reasonable efforts were made to inform all the members of the proposed decision.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply unless the Pricing Authority:

                     (a)  has determined that it may make decisions of that kind without meeting; and

                     (b)  has determined the method by which members are to indicate agreement with proposed decisions.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a member is not entitled to vote on a proposed decision if the member would not have been entitled to vote on that proposal if the matter had been considered at a meeting of the Pricing Authority.

159  Conduct of meetings

                   The Pricing Authority may, subject to this Part, regulate proceedings at its meetings as it considers appropriate.

Note:          Section 33B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides for participation in meetings by telephone etc.

160  Minutes

                   The Pricing Authority must keep minutes of its meetings.

Part 4.7Delegation by the Pricing Authority

  

161  Delegation by the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may, by writing, delegate one or more of its functions and powers to:

                     (a)  a member of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (b)  the Pricing Authority CEO; or

                     (c)  a person who is:

                              (i)  a member of the staff of the Pricing Authority; and

                             (ii)  an SES employee or acting SES employee.

Note:          The expressions SES employee and acting SES employee are defined in the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  A delegate must comply with any written directions of the Pricing Authority.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to:

                     (a)  a function set out in paragraphs 131(1)(a) to (f) or paragraph 131(1)(j); or

                     (b)  making, varying or revoking a legislative instrument; or

                     (c)  giving advice to the Minister; or

                     (d)  a function or power under Part 4.8.

Part 4.8Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing Authority

  

162  Establishment

                   There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing Authority.

Note:          In this Act, Pricing Authority CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Pricing Authority—see section 5.

163  Role

             (1)  The Pricing Authority CEO is responsible for the day‑to‑day administration of the Pricing Authority.

Note:          See also section 227.

             (2)  The Pricing Authority CEO has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her duties.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority CEO is to act in accordance with the policies determined, and any directions given, by the Pricing Authority.

             (4)  For the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Pricing Authority CEO is the accountable authority of the Pricing Authority.

164  Appointment

             (1)  The Pricing Authority CEO is to be appointed by the Pricing Authority.

             (2)  The appointment is to be made by written instrument.

             (3)  Before appointing a person as the Pricing Authority CEO, the Pricing Authority must consult the Minister.

             (4)  The Pricing Authority CEO holds office on a full‑time basis.

             (5)  The Pricing Authority CEO holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          For reappointment, see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (6)  The Pricing Authority CEO must not be a member of the Pricing Authority.

165  Acting appointments

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may appoint a person to act as the Pricing Authority CEO:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Pricing Authority CEO (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Pricing Authority CEO:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

             (2)  An appointment under subsection (1) is to be made by written instrument.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

166  Outside employment

                   The Pricing Authority CEO must not engage in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the approval of the Pricing Authority.

167  Remuneration

             (1)  The Pricing Authority CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the Pricing Authority CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Pricing Authority CEO is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

168  Leave

             (1)  The Pricing Authority CEO has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Pricing Authority may grant the Pricing Authority CEO leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Pricing Authority determines with the written agreement of the Minister.

169  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  A disclosure by the Pricing Authority CEO under section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) must be made to the Pricing Authority.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in addition to any rules made for the purposes of that section.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Pricing Authority CEO is taken not to have complied with section 29 of that Act if the Pricing Authority CEO does not comply with subsection (1) of this section.

170  Resignation

             (1)  The Pricing Authority CEO may resign his or her appointment by giving the Pricing Authority a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Pricing Authority or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

             (3)  If the Pricing Authority CEO resigns, the Pricing Authority must notify the Minister of the resignation.

171  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may terminate the appointment of the Pricing Authority CEO for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Pricing Authority may terminate the appointment of the Pricing Authority CEO if the Pricing Authority is satisfied that the Pricing Authority CEO’s performance has been unsatisfactory.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority must terminate the appointment of the Pricing Authority CEO if:

                     (a)  the Pricing Authority CEO:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Pricing Authority CEO is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (d)  the Pricing Authority CEO engages, except with the approval of the Pricing Authority, in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office (see section 166).

Note:          The appointment of the Pricing Authority CEO may also be terminated under section 30 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with terminating the appointment of an accountable authority, or a member of an accountable authority, for contravening general duties of officials).

             (4)  Before terminating the appointment of the Pricing Authority CEO, the Pricing Authority must consult the Minister.

172  Other terms and conditions

                   The Pricing Authority CEO holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Pricing Authority with the written agreement of the Minister.

Part 4.9Staff and consultants

  

173  Staff

             (1)  The staff of the Pricing Authority are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the Pricing Authority CEO and the staff of the Pricing Authority together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Pricing Authority CEO is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

174  Persons assisting the Pricing Authority

                   The Pricing Authority may also be assisted:

                     (a)  by officers and employees of Agencies (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or

                     (b)  by officers and employees of authorities of the Commonwealth; or

                     (c)  by officers and employees of a State or Territory; or

                     (d)  by officers and employees of authorities of a State or Territory;

whose services are made available to the Pricing Authority in connection with the performance of any of its functions.

175  Consultants

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may engage persons having suitable qualifications and experience as consultants to the Pricing Authority.

             (2)  The consultants are to be engaged on the terms and conditions that the Pricing Authority determines in writing.

Part 4.10Clinical Advisory Committee

Division 1Establishment and functions of the Clinical Advisory Committee

176  Establishment of the Clinical Advisory Committee

                   The Clinical Advisory Committee is established by this section.

177  Functions of the Clinical Advisory Committee

                   The Clinical Advisory Committee has the following functions:

                     (a)  to advise the Pricing Authority in relation to developing and specifying classification systems for health care and other services provided by public hospitals;

                     (b)  to advise the Pricing Authority in relation to matters that:

                              (i)  relate to the functions of the Pricing Authority; and

                             (ii)  are referred to the Clinical Advisory Committee by the Pricing Authority;

                     (c)  to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of the above functions.

Division 2Membership of the Clinical Advisory Committee

178  Membership of the Clinical Advisory Committee

                   The Clinical Advisory Committee consists of the following members:

                     (a)  a Chair;

                     (b)  at least 8 other members.

179  Appointment of Clinical Advisory Committee members

             (1)  Each Clinical Advisory Committee member is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

Note:          A Clinical Advisory Committee member is eligible for reappointment: see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Minister must consult the Pricing Authority and the Standing Council on Health before appointing a person as a Clinical Advisory Committee member.

             (3)  A person is not eligible for appointment as a Clinical Advisory Committee member unless the person is a clinician.

             (4)  A Clinical Advisory Committee member holds office on a part‑time basis.

180  Period of appointment for Clinical Advisory Committee members

                   A Clinical Advisory Committee member holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          For reappointment, see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

181  Acting Clinical Advisory Committee members

Acting Chair of Clinical Advisory Committee

             (1)  The Minister may appoint a Clinical Advisory Committee member to act as the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Acting Clinical Advisory Committee member (other than the Chair)

             (2)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as a Clinical Advisory Committee member (other than the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee):

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of a Clinical Advisory Committee member (other than the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee), whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a Clinical Advisory Committee member (other than the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee):

                              (i)  is absent from duty or Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Eligibility

             (3)  A person is not eligible for appointment to act as:

                     (a)  the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee; or

                     (b)  a Clinical Advisory Committee member (other than the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee);

unless the person is a clinician.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

182  Procedures

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine the procedures to be followed at or in relation to meetings of the Clinical Advisory Committee, including matters relating to the following:

                     (a)  the convening of meetings of the Clinical Advisory Committee;

                     (b)  the number of Clinical Advisory Committee members who are to constitute a quorum;

                     (c)  the selection of a Clinical Advisory Committee member to preside at meetings of the Clinical Advisory Committee in the absence of the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee;

                     (d)  the manner in which questions arising at a meeting of the Clinical Advisory Committee are to be decided.

             (2)  A resolution is taken to have been passed at a meeting of the Clinical Advisory Committee if:

                     (a)  without meeting, a majority of Clinical Advisory Committee members indicate agreement with the resolution in accordance with the method determined by the Clinical Advisory Committee under subsection (3); and

                     (b)  all Clinical Advisory Committee members were informed of the proposed resolution, or reasonable efforts had been made to inform all Clinical Advisory Committee members of the proposed resolution.

             (3)  Subsection (2) applies only if the Clinical Advisory Committee:

                     (a)  determines that it applies; and

                     (b)  determines the method by which Clinical Advisory Committee members are to indicate agreement with resolutions.

183  Disclosure of interests to the Minister and the Pricing Authority

                   A Clinical Advisory Committee member must give written notice to the Minister and the Pricing Authority of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that the member has or acquires and that conflict or could conflict with the proper performance of the member’s functions.

184  Disclosure of interests to Clinical Advisory Committee

             (1)  A Clinical Advisory Committee member who has an interest, pecuniary or otherwise, in a matter being considered or about to be considered by the Clinical Advisory Committee must disclose the nature of the interest to a meeting of the Clinical Advisory Committee.

             (2)  The disclosure must be made as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to the Clinical Advisory Committee member’s knowledge.

             (3)  The disclosure must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Clinical Advisory Committee.

             (4)  Unless the Clinical Advisory Committee otherwise determines, the Clinical Advisory Committee member:

                     (a)  must not be present during any deliberation by the Clinical Advisory Committee on the matter; and

                     (b)  must not take part in any decision of the Clinical Advisory Committee with respect to the matter.

             (5)  For the purposes of making a determination under subsection (4), the Clinical Advisory Committee member:

                     (a)  must not be present during any deliberation of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the purpose of making the determination; and

                     (b)  must not take part in making the determination.

             (6)  A determination under subsection (4) must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Clinical Advisory Committee.

185  Outside employment

                   A Clinical Advisory Committee member must not engage in any paid employment that conflicts or may conflict with the proper performance of his or her duties.

186  Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  A Clinical Advisory Committee member is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  However, a Clinical Advisory Committee member is not entitled to be paid remuneration if he or she holds an office or appointment, or is otherwise employed, on a full‑time basis in the service or employment of:

                     (a)  a State; or

                     (b)  a corporation (a public statutory corporation) that:

                              (i)  is established for a public purpose by a law of a State; and

                             (ii)  is not a tertiary education institution; or

                     (c)  a company limited by guarantee, where the interests and rights of the members in or in relation to the company are beneficially owned by a State; or

                     (d)  a company in which all the stock or shares are beneficially owned by a State or by a public statutory corporation.

Note:          A similar rule applies to a committee member who has a similar relationship with the Commonwealth or a Territory. See subsection 7(11) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

             (3)  A Clinical Advisory Committee member is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (4)  This section (other than subsection (2)) has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

187  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Minister may grant leave of absence to the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee on the terms and conditions that the Minister determines.

             (2)  The Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee may grant leave of absence to a Clinical Advisory Committee member on the terms and conditions that the Chair determines.

188  Resignation

             (1)  A Clinical Advisory Committee member may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

189  Termination of appointment

                   The Minister may at any time terminate the appointment of a Clinical Advisory Committee member.

190  Other terms and conditions

                   A Clinical Advisory Committee member holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

Division 3Subcommittees

191  Subcommittees

             (1)  The Clinical Advisory Committee may, with the written approval of the Pricing Authority CEO, establish subcommittees to advise or assist the Clinical Advisory Committee in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  A subcommittee is to be constituted:

                     (a)  partly by one or more members of the Clinical Advisory Committee; and

                     (b)  partly by one or more other persons.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority may determine, in relation to a subcommittee established under this section:

                     (a)  the subcommittee’s terms of reference; and

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of appointment of the members of the subcommittee; and

                     (c)  the procedures to be followed by the subcommittee.

192  Remuneration and allowances

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if a subcommittee is established under section 191.

Remuneration and allowances

             (2)  A subcommittee member is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  However, a subcommittee member is not entitled to be paid remuneration if he or she holds an office or appointment, or is otherwise employed, on a full‑time basis in the service or employment of:

                     (a)  a State; or

                     (b)  a corporation (a public statutory corporation) that:

                              (i)  is established for a public purpose by a law of a State; and

                             (ii)  is not a tertiary education institution; or

                     (c)  a company limited by guarantee, where the interests and rights of the members in or in relation to the company are beneficially owned by a State; or

                     (d)  a company in which all the stock or shares are beneficially owned by a State or by a public statutory corporation.

Note:          A similar rule applies to a subcommittee member who has a similar relationship with the Commonwealth or a Territory. See subsection 7(11) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

             (4)  A subcommittee member is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (5)  This section (other than subsection (3)) has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

Division 4Annual report

193  Annual report

                   The Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee must, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, prepare and give to the Minister, for presentation to the Parliament, a report on the operations of the Clinical Advisory Committee during that year.

Note:          See also section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, which contains extra rules about annual reports.

Division 5Pricing Authority may assist the Clinical Advisory Committee and its subcommittees

194  Pricing Authority may assist the Clinical Advisory Committee and its subcommittees

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may:

                     (a)  assist the Clinical Advisory Committee in the performance of its functions; or

                     (b)  assist a subcommittee established under section 191 in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The assistance may include the following:

                     (a)  the provision of information;

                     (b)  the making available of resources and facilities (including secretariat services and clerical assistance).

Part 4.11Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

  

195  Establishment of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

                   The Jurisdictional Advisory Committee is established by this section.

196  Functions of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

             (1)  The Jurisdictional Advisory Committee has the following functions:

                     (a)  to advise the Pricing Authority in relation to the following:

                              (i)  developing and specifying classification systems for health care and other services provided by public hospitals;

                             (ii)  determining adjustments to the national efficient price to reflect legitimate and unavoidable variations in the costs of delivering health care services;

                            (iii)  standards and requirements in relation to data relating to health care services provided by public hospitals to be provided by States and Territories;

                            (iv)  developing and maintaining a schedule of public hospitals and the kinds of health care services provided by each hospital;

                             (v)  funding models for hospitals;

                            (vi)  matters that are referred to the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee by the Pricing Authority;

                     (b)  to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of the above function.

             (2)  The Pricing Authority must have regard to the advice provided by the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.

197  Membership of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

                   The Jurisdictional Advisory Committee consists of the following members:

                     (a)  a Chair;

                     (b)  a member representing the Commonwealth;

                     (c)  8 other members, one to represent each State, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

198  Appointment of Jurisdictional Advisory Committee members

Chair

             (1)  The Chair of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee is to be appointed by the Pricing Authority by written instrument.

             (2)  A person is not eligible for appointment as Chair of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee unless the person is:

                     (a)  a member of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (b)  the Pricing Authority CEO; or

                     (c)  a member of the staff of the Pricing Authority who is an SES employee or acting SES employee.

Note:          The expressions SES employee and acting SES employee are defined in the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Commonwealth member

             (3)  The Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member representing the Commonwealth is to be appointed by the Secretary of the Department by written instrument.

State and Territory members

             (4)  The Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member representing a State or Territory is to be appointed by the head (however described) of the Health Department of the State or Territory by written instrument.

             (5)  A Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member holds office on a part‑time basis.

199  Substitute members

             (1)  If the Chair of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee is unable to be present at a meeting of the Committee, the Pricing Authority may nominate a person to attend the meeting in the Chair’s place.

             (2)  If the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member representing the Commonwealth is unable to be present at a meeting of the Committee, the Secretary of the Department may nominate a person to attend the meeting in the member’s place.

             (3)  If the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member representing a State or Territory is unable to be present at a meeting of the Committee, the head of the Health Department of the State or Territory may nominate a person to attend the meeting in the member’s place.

200  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may at any time terminate the appointment of the Chair of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.

             (2)  The Secretary of the Department may at any time terminate the appointment of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member representing the Commonwealth.

             (3)  The head of the Health Department of a State or Territory may at any time terminate the appointment of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member representing the State or Territory.

201  Application of the Remuneration Tribunal Act

                   An office of Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member is not a public office for the purposes of Part II of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

202  Procedures

                   The Pricing Authority may determine the procedures to be followed by the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.

203  Disclosure of interests to Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

             (1)  A Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member who has an interest, pecuniary or otherwise, in a matter being considered or about to be considered by the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee must disclose the nature of the interest to a meeting of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.

             (2)  The disclosure must be made as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member’s knowledge.

             (3)  The disclosure must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.

             (4)  Unless the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee otherwise determines, the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member:

                     (a)  must not be present during any deliberation by the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee on the matter; and

                     (b)  must not take part in any decision of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee with respect to the matter.

             (5)  For the purposes of making a determination under subsection (4), the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee member:

                     (a)  must not be present during any deliberation of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee for the purpose of making the determination; and

                     (b)  must not take part in making the determination.

             (6)  A determination under subsection (4) must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.

204  Pricing Authority may assist the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may assist the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The assistance may include the following:

                     (a)  the provision of information;

                     (b)  the making available of resources and facilities (including secretariat services and clerical assistance).

Part 4.12Other committees

  

205  Committees

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may establish committees to advise or assist it in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  A committee may be constituted:

                     (a)  wholly by members of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (b)  wholly by persons who are not members of the Pricing Authority; or

                     (c)  partly by members of the Pricing Authority and partly by other persons.

             (3)  The Pricing Authority may determine, in relation to a committee established under this section:

                     (a)  the committee’s terms of reference; and

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of appointment of the members of the committee; and

                     (c)  the procedures to be followed by the committee.

206  Remuneration and allowances

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if a committee is established under section 205.

Remuneration and allowances

             (2)  A committee member is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  However, a committee member is not entitled to be paid remuneration if he or she holds an office or appointment, or is otherwise employed, on a full‑time basis in the service or employment of:

                     (a)  a State; or

                     (b)  a corporation (a public statutory corporation) that:

                              (i)  is established for a public purpose by a law of a State; and

                             (ii)  is not a tertiary education institution; or

                     (c)  a company limited by guarantee, where the interests and rights of the members in or in relation to the company are beneficially owned by a State; or

                     (d)  a company in which all the stock or shares are beneficially owned by a State or by a public statutory corporation.

Note:          A similar rule applies to a committee member who has a similar relationship with the Commonwealth or a Territory. See subsection 7(11) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

             (4)  A committee member is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (5)  This section (other than subsection (3)) has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

207  Pricing Authority may assist committees

             (1)  The Pricing Authority may assist a committee established under section 205 in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The assistance may include the following:

                     (a)  the provision of information;

                     (b)  the making available of resources and facilities (including secretariat services and clerical assistance).

Part 4.13Reporting and planning

  

208  Minister or State/Territory Health Minister may require the Pricing Authority to prepare reports or give information

Reports

             (1)  The Minister or a State/Territory Health Minister may, by written notice given to the Pricing Authority, require the Pricing Authority to:

                     (a)  prepare a report about one or more specified matters relating to the performance of the Pricing Authority’s functions; and

                     (b)  give copies of the report to the Minister or the State/Territory Health Minister, as the case requires, within the period specified in the notice.

Information

             (2)  The Minister or a State/Territory Health Minister may, by written notice given to the Pricing Authority, require the Pricing Authority to:

                     (a)  prepare a document setting out specified information relating to the performance of the Pricing Authority’s functions; and

                     (b)  give copies of the document to the Minister or the State/Territory Health Minister, as the case requires, within the period specified in the notice.

Compliance

             (3)  The Pricing Authority must comply with a requirement under subsection (1) or (2).

Publication of reports and documents

             (4)  The Minister or the State/Territory Health Minister, as the case requires, may cause to be published (whether on the internet or otherwise):

                     (a)  a report under subsection (1); or

                     (b)  a document under subsection (2).

209  Keeping the Standing Council on Health informed

             (1)  The Pricing Authority must keep the Standing Council on Health informed of the operations of the Pricing Authority.

             (2)  However, the Pricing Authority is not required to inform the Standing Council on Health about the performance of functions or exercise of powers under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Note:          The Pricing Authority CEO has a duty, under section 19 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, to keep the Minister and the Finance Minister informed of particular matters.

210  Reporting to Parliament

             (1)  The Pricing Authority must, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, prepare and give to the Minister, for presentation to the Parliament, a report on the information and advice given by the Pricing Authority in that year.

             (2)  The report must include the following:

                     (a)  details of reports published under paragraph 131(1)(g);

                     (b)  advice given in that year to the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory in relation to funding models for hospitals;

                     (c)  recommendations and advice given in that year to the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory in relation to cost‑shifting and cross‑border disputes.

Note:          See also section 34C of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, which contains extra rules about annual reports.

211  Minister and State/Territory Health Ministers comment before public reports

             (1)  The Pricing Authority, and the Pricing Authority CEO, must not report publicly (whether on the internet or otherwise) unless the report, and a period of 45 days in which to comment on the report, has been given to the Minister and each State/Territory Health Minister.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a report given to the Minister under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

212  Corporate plan

                   Subsection 35(3) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the Australian Government’s key priorities and objectives) does not apply to a corporate plan prepared by the Pricing Authority CEO.

Part 4.13AFinance

  

212A  Money payable to the Pricing Authority

             (1)  There is payable to the Pricing Authority such money as is appropriated by the Parliament for the purposes of the Pricing Authority.

             (2)  The Finance Minister may give directions about the amounts in which, and the times at which, money payable under subsection (1) is to be paid to the Pricing Authority.

             (3)  If a direction under subsection (2) is given in writing, the direction is not a legislative instrument.

             (4)  In this section:

Finance Minister means the Minister administering the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

212B  Application of money by the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The money of the Pricing Authority is to be applied only:

                     (a)  in payment or discharge of the costs, expenses and other obligations incurred by the Pricing Authority in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers; and

                     (b)  in payment of any remuneration or allowances payable under this Act.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not prevent investment, under section 59 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, of money that is not immediately required for the purposes of the Pricing Authority.

212C  Taxation

                   The Pricing Authority is not subject to taxation under a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

Note:          However, the Pricing Authority may be subject to taxation under certain laws (see, for example, section 177‑5 of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and section 66 of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986).

Part 4.14Secrecy

  

213  Secrecy

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, an official of the Pricing Authority; and

                     (b)  the person has obtained protected Pricing Authority information in the person’s capacity as an official of the Pricing Authority; and

                     (c)  the person:

                              (i)  discloses the information to another person; or

                             (ii)  uses the information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

Exceptions

             (2)  Each of the following is an exception to the prohibition in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is authorised by this Part;

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is in compliance with a requirement under:

                              (i)  a law of the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  a prescribed law of a State or a Territory.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  Except where it is necessary to do so for the purposes of giving effect to this Act, a person who is, or has been, an official of the Pricing Authority is not to be required:

                     (a)  to produce to a court or tribunal a document containing protected Pricing Authority information; or

                     (b)  to disclose protected Pricing Authority information to a court or tribunal.

214  Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act

                   An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose or use protected Pricing Authority information if:

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of the performance of the functions of the Pricing Authority under this Act; or

                     (c)  the disclosure or use is in the course of the official’s employment or service as an official of the Pricing Authority.

215  Disclosure to committees

             (1)  An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information to:

                     (a)  the Clinical Advisory Committee; or

                     (b)  a subcommittee established under section 191; or

                     (c)  the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee; or

                     (d)  a committee established under section 205.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is a member of a committee referred to in paragraph (1)(a), (b), (c) or (d); and

                     (b)  protected Pricing Authority information has been disclosed under subsection (1) to the committee; and

                     (c)  the person:

                              (i)  discloses the information to another person; or

                             (ii)  uses the information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of the performance of the functions of the committee under this Act; or

                     (c)  the disclosure or use is in the course of the person’s service as a member of the committee.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

216  Disclosure to the Minister

                   An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information to the Minister.

217  Disclosure to a State/Territory Health Minister

                   An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information to a State/Territory Health Minister.

218  Disclosure to the Secretary etc.

                   An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information to:

                     (a)  the Secretary; or

                     (b)  the head (however described) of the Health Department of a State or Territory.

219  Disclosure to a Royal Commission

             (1)  An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information to a Royal Commission.

             (2)  The Chair of the Pricing Authority may, by writing, impose conditions to be complied with in relation to protected Pricing Authority information disclosed under subsection (1).

             (3)  An instrument under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

220  Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies or persons

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Chair of the Pricing Authority is satisfied that particular protected Pricing Authority information will enable or assist any of the following agencies, bodies or persons:

                     (b)  the Commission;

                   (ba)  the Administrator;

                   (bb)  the Funding Body;

                     (c)  the Standing Council on Health;

                     (d)  the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council;

                     (e)  the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare;

                      (f)  the Australian Statistician;

                     (g)  a State/Territory government body that has functions relating to health care;

                     (h)  an agency, body or person specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister with the agreement of COAG;

to perform or exercise any of the functions or powers of the agency, body or person.

             (2)  COAG is to give its agreement for the purposes of paragraph (1)(h) by a written resolution of COAG passed in accordance with the procedures determined by COAG.

Disclosure

             (3)  If an official of the Pricing Authority is authorised by the Chair of the Pricing Authority, in writing, for the purposes of this section, the official may disclose that protected Pricing Authority information to the agency, body or person concerned.

             (4)  If protected Pricing Authority information is disclosed under subsection (3) to an agency, body or person, the agency, body or person must not disclose or use the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was given to the agency, body or person.

221  Disclosure to researchers

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Chair of the Pricing Authority is satisfied that particular protected Pricing Authority information will assist an agency, body or person to conduct research.

Disclosure

             (2)  If an official of the Pricing Authority is authorised by the Chair of the Pricing Authority, in writing, for the purposes of this section, the official may disclose that protected Pricing Authority information to the agency, body or person concerned.

             (3)  An official of the Pricing Authority must not disclose information under subsection (2) if the information is likely to enable the identification of a particular patient.

222  Disclosure with consent

                   An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information that relates to the affairs of a person if:

                     (a)  the person has consented to the disclosure; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is in accordance with that consent.

223  Disclosure of publicly available information

                   An official of the Pricing Authority may disclose protected Pricing Authority information if it is already publicly available.

224  Delegation

             (1)  The Chair of the Pricing Authority may, by writing, delegate any or all of his or her functions and powers under this Part to the Pricing Authority CEO.

             (2)  A delegate must comply with any written directions of the Chair of the Pricing Authority.

Part 4.15Other matters

  

225  Consultation on the Pricing Authority’s work program

             (1)  At least once each financial year, the Pricing Authority must publish on its website a statement that:

                     (a)  sets out its work program; and

                     (b)  invites interested persons (including States and Territories) to make submissions to the Pricing Authority about the work program by a specified time limit.

             (2)  The time limit specified in a statement under subsection (1) must be at least 30 days after the publication of the statement.

226  Minister may give directions to the Pricing Authority

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, give directions to the Pricing Authority in relation to the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

Note:          For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Minister must consult the Standing Council on Health before giving a direction under subsection (1).

             (3)  A direction under subsection (1):

                     (a)  must be of a general nature only; and

                     (b)  must not be a direction to change:

                              (i)  a particular national efficient price for health care services provided by public hospitals; or

                             (ii)  a particular efficient cost for health care services provided by public hospitals.

             (4)  The Pricing Authority must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

227  Pricing Authority CEO not subject to direction by the Pricing Authority on certain matters

                   To avoid doubt, the Pricing Authority CEO is not subject to direction by the Pricing Authority in relation to the Pricing Authority CEO’s performance of functions, or exercise of powers, under:

                     (a)  the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013; or

                     (b)  the Public Service Act 1999;

in relation to the Pricing Authority.

Chapter 5Administrator of the Funding Pool

Part 5.1Introduction

  

228  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Chapter:

•      This Chapter provides for the appointment of the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool.

•      The main function of the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool is to administer the National Health Funding Pool.

•      This Chapter also sets up the National Health Funding Body to assist the Administrator.

229  Interpreting Part 5.2

                   Part 5.2 is to be interpreted in accordance with Schedule 7 to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law set out in the Schedule to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 of Queensland and, for that purpose, Schedule 7 applies as if references to this Law or a Queensland Act were references to Part 5.2 or an Act of this jurisdiction, and with all other necessary modifications.

230  Standing Council on Health

             (1)  The Standing Council on Health is (subject to subsection (2)) the Ministerial Council by that name or, if there is no such Ministerial Council, the standing Ministerial Council established or recognised by COAG whose members include all Ministers in Australia having portfolio responsibility for health.

             (2)  The Standing Council on Health, when acting under Part 5.2, is to be constituted only by a single Minister for the Commonwealth and a single Minister for each of the States, and any reference in this Part to a member of that Council is to be construed as a reference to those Ministerial members only.

             (3)  If there are 2 or more Ministers for the Commonwealth or for a State who are members of the Standing Council on Health, the relevant Minister for the purposes of Part 5.2 is the Minister having primary portfolio responsibility for health in his or her jurisdiction.

             (4)  A reference in Part 5.2 to the agreement of, or a request by, a member of the Standing Council on Health is a reference to an agreement or request in writing.

Part 5.2Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool

Division 1Establishment and functions

231  The office of Administrator

             (1)  The office of Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool is established by this Part.

             (2)  It is the intention of Parliament that the same individual holds the office established under subsection (1) and under the corresponding provision of the laws of the States.

             (3)  The Administrator appointed under this Part may exercise and perform the functions of the Administrator in relation to:

                     (a)  one jurisdiction; or

                     (b)  2 or more or all jurisdictions collectively.

             (4)  A reference in a provision of this Part (other than in subsection 238(1)) to a function of the Administrator under this Part includes a reference to a function of the Administrator under the corresponding provision of the laws of the States.

232  Appointment of Administrator

             (1)  The Minister for this jurisdiction who is a member of the Standing Council on Health is to appoint an individual to the office of the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool under this Part.

             (2)  Before the appointment is made, the Chair of the Standing Council on Health is to give each member of the Council an opportunity to nominate an individual for appointment.

             (3)  An appointment is not to be made unless all the members of the Standing Council on Health have agreed on the individual who will be appointed as Administrator, the date that the appointment will take effect, the period of appointment and the conditions of appointment.

             (4)  The appointment is to be made by instrument in writing.

             (5)  The Administrator is to be appointed (subject to subsection (3)) for the period, not exceeding 5 years, and on the conditions specified in his or her instrument of appointment, but is eligible for re‑appointment.

233  Remuneration

             (1)  The Administrator is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the Administrator is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Administrator is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

234  Suspension of Administrator

             (1)  The Chair of the Standing Council on Health is required to suspend the Administrator from office if requested to do so by:

                     (a)  at least 3 members of the Council who are Ministers of a State; or

                     (b)  the member of the Council who is a Minister of the Commonwealth.

             (2)  A member of the Standing Council on Health is not to request the suspension of the Administrator unless the member is satisfied that the Administrator:

                     (a)  is, because of any physical or mental incapacity or otherwise, unable to perform his or her functions satisfactorily; or

                     (b)  has failed to comply with his or her obligations or duties as Administrator; or

                     (c)  has been accused or convicted of an offence that carries a penalty of imprisonment; or

                     (d)  has or may become bankrupt.

             (3)  A suspension is to be effected by an instrument in writing and is to be notified by the Chair of the Standing Council on Health to all members of the Council.

             (4)  A suspension is terminated after a period of suspension of 60 days unless before the end of that period the Administrator is removed or resigns from office or a majority of the members of the Standing Council on Health:

                     (a)  terminate the suspension; or

                     (b)  extend the suspension for a specified further period.

             (5)  Despite subsection (1), the Chair of the Standing Council on Health is not to suspend the Administrator from office within the period of 90 days after an earlier period of suspension was terminated unless a majority of the members of the Council request the Chair to do so.

235  Removal or resignation of Administrator

             (1)  The Minister for this jurisdiction who is a member of the Standing Council on Health is required to remove the Administrator from office if a majority of the members of the Council agree to the Administrator’s removal from office.

             (2)  The Administrator is to be removed from office by an instrument in writing that takes effect on the date agreed to by the majority of the members of the Standing Council on Health.

             (3)  The Administrator may resign as Administrator by notice in writing to the Chair of the Standing Council on Health.

             (4)  The resignation of the Administrator takes effect on the date notified by the Chair of the Standing Council on Health to all members of the Council.

236  Acting Administrator

             (1)  The Chair of the Standing Council on Health may, from time to time, appoint an individual to act as the Administrator during any period when the office is vacant or the holder of the office is suspended or absent from duty.

             (2)  Any such appointment may only be made from a panel of persons, and in accordance with the procedure, agreed to by all the members of the Standing Council on Health.

Note:          The applied provisions of Schedule 7 to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (clause 27) contain additional provisions relating to acting appointments that have effect subject to this section.

237  Provision of staff and facilities for Administrator

             (1)  Staff and facilities to assist the Administrator in exercising or performing his or her functions under this Part are to be provided by the National Health Funding Body.

Note:          See section 252.

             (2)  The Administrator is not entitled to delegate a function conferred on the Administrator under this Part to that body, to any such member of staff or to any other person or body.

238  Functions of Administrator

             (1)  The Administrator is:

                     (a)  to calculate and advise the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of the amounts required to be paid by the Commonwealth into each State Pool Account of the National Health Funding Pool under the National Health Reform Agreement (including advice on any reconciliation of those amounts based on subsequent actual service delivery); and

                     (b)  to monitor Commonwealth payments into each State Pool Account for the purposes of Division 2; and

                     (d)  to report publicly on the payments made into and from each State Pool Account and other matters on which the Administrator is required to report under this Part; and

                     (e)  to exercise or perform any other functions conferred on the Administrator under this Part.

Note:          The corresponding legislation of the States will provide that the functions of the Administrator include monitoring State payments into each State Pool Account for the purposes of Division 2 (or equivalent) and making payments from each State Pool Account in accordance with the directions of the State concerned.

             (2)  The Administrator and the officials of the funding body are not subject to the control or direction of any Minister of the Commonwealth in relation to the exercise or performance of the Administrator’s functions under this Act.

             (3)  However, the Administrator is required to comply with any directions given by COAG in relation to the manner in which the Administrator exercises or performs his or her functions under this Part.

             (4)  Directions given by COAG under subsection (3):

                     (a)  are to be given in accordance with a written resolution of COAG passed in accordance with the procedures determined by COAG; and

                     (b)  are to be notified in writing to the Administrator; and

                     (c)  are to be made publicly available by the Administrator.

             (5)  To avoid doubt, this Part is not intended:

                     (a)  to give the Commonwealth ownership or control of money in a State Pool Account; or

                     (b)  to affect the obligation of the Administrator under the law of a State to make payments from the State Pool Account of the State in accordance with the directions of the State.

             (6)  To avoid doubt, the Administrator may have regard to information obtained in the exercise or performance of functions under the law of another jurisdiction in the exercise or performance of the Administrator’s functions under Division 2.

Division 2Financial management and reporting

239  Financial management obligations of Administrator

                   The Administrator must:

                     (a)  develop and apply appropriate financial management policies and procedures with respect to the State Pool Accounts (including policies and procedures to ensure payments from those Accounts are made in accordance with the directions of the responsible Ministers); and

                     (b)  keep proper records in relation to the administration of the State Pool Accounts, including records of all payments made into and from those Accounts and the basis on which the payments were made; and

                     (c)  prepare the financial statements required by this Part in relation to the State Pool Accounts and arrange for the audit of those financial statements in accordance with this Part.

240  Monthly reports by Administrator

             (1)  The Administrator must provide monthly reports to the Commonwealth and each State containing the following information for the relevant month:

                     (a)  the amounts paid into each State Pool Account and State Managed Fund by the relevant State and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (b)  the amounts paid into each State Pool Account by the Commonwealth and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (c)  the amounts paid from each State Pool Account to local hospital networks, a State Managed Fund or other organisations or funds and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (d)  the amounts paid from each State Managed Fund to local hospital networks or other organisations or funds and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (e)  the number of public hospital services funded for each local hospital network (including as a running financial year total) in accordance with the system of activity based funding;

                      (f)  the number of other public hospital services and functions funded from each State Pool Account or State Managed Fund (including a running financial year total).

             (2)  A monthly report required to be provided to a jurisdiction under this section is to be provided to the responsible Minister for that jurisdiction or to a body or officer notified to the Administrator by that Minister.

             (3)  The Administrator is to make reports provided under this section publicly available.

241  Annual report by Administrator

             (1)  The Administrator must, within 4 months after the end of each financial year, provide to the responsible Ministers an annual report on the exercise or performance of his or her functions during the financial year.

             (2)  The annual report must include the following information for the relevant financial year:

                     (a)  the amounts paid into each State Pool Account and State Managed Fund by the relevant State and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (b)  the amounts paid into each State Pool Account by the Commonwealth and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (c)  the amounts paid from each State Pool Account to local hospital networks, a State Managed Fund or other organisations or funds and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (d)  the amounts paid from each State Managed Fund to local hospital networks or other organisations or funds and the basis on which the payments were made;

                     (e)  the number of public hospital services funded for each local hospital network in accordance with the system of activity based funding;

                      (f)  the number of other public hospital services and functions funded from each State Pool Account or State Managed Fund.

             (3)  The annual report is to be accompanied by:

                     (a)  an audited financial statement for each State Pool Account; and

                     (b)  a financial statement that combines the audited financial statements for each State Pool Account.

             (4)  A responsible Minister must, as soon as practicable after receiving an annual report under this section, cause a copy of the report to be tabled in the Parliament of the responsible Minister’s jurisdiction.

242  Administrator to prepare financial statements for State Pool Accounts

                   The Administrator must, after each financial year, prepare:

                     (a)  a financial statement for each State Pool Account that details financial transactions during that financial year; and

                     (b)  a combined financial statement that consists of the financial statements for each State Pool Account for the financial year.

243  Audit of financial statements

                   A financial statement under this Division for the State Pool Account of a State is to be audited by the Auditor‑General of that State in accordance with the relevant legislation of that State relating to financial audit by the Auditor‑General.

244  Performance audits

             (1)  For the purposes of this section, a performance audit is an audit by the Auditor‑General of a jurisdiction of the exercise or performance of the functions of the Administrator in relation to that jurisdiction to determine whether the Administrator is acting effectively, economically, efficiently and in compliance with all relevant laws.

             (2)  Before the Auditor‑General of this jurisdiction conducts a performance audit, the Auditor‑General must notify the Auditors‑General of all other jurisdictions of his or her intention to conduct the proposed audit.

             (3)  Auditors‑General who are conducting performance audits at the same time are to make arrangements to co‑ordinate the conduct of those audits in relation to any requirements imposed on the Administrator.

             (4)  A performance audit is to be conducted by the Auditor‑General of this jurisdiction in accordance with the Auditor‑General Act 1997.

245  Provision of information generally

             (1)  The Administrator is required to provide to the responsible Minister for a jurisdiction any information requested by that responsible Minister that relates to that jurisdiction.

             (2)  The information is to be provided by the time requested by that responsible Minister.

             (3)  The Administrator is required to provide to the responsible Ministers of all jurisdictions a copy of advice provided by the Administrator to the Treasurer of the Commonwealth about the basis on which the Administrator has calculated the payments to be made into State Pool Accounts by the Commonwealth.

             (4)  The Administrator may at any time provide any information that relates to a jurisdiction to the responsible Minister for that jurisdiction.

             (5)  Any information relating to a jurisdiction that is provided by the Administrator to another jurisdiction may only be publicly released by that other jurisdiction in accordance with arrangements approved by the responsible Minister for the jurisdiction to which the information relates.

246  Format and content of reports and statements

                   Monthly or annual reports and financial or information statements under this Division are to be prepared in accordance with any directions that are given by COAG under subsection 238(3).

Division 3Provisions relating to the functions of the Administrator

247  Constitutional limits

                   The Administrator may perform his or her functions under this Act only:

                     (a)  for purposes related to:

                              (i)  the provision of pharmaceutical, sickness or hospital benefits; or

                             (ii)  the provision of medical or dental services; or

                     (b)  for purposes related to the granting of financial assistance to a State on such terms and conditions as the Parliament thinks fit; or

                     (c)  for purposes related to the executive power of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  for purposes related to statistics; or

                     (e)  in, or for purposes related to, a Territory; or

                      (f)  in or with respect to a Commonwealth place (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970); or

                     (g)  for purposes related to trade and commerce:

                              (i)  between Australia and places outside Australia; or

                             (ii)  among the States; or

                            (iii)  within a Territory, between a State and a Territory or between 2 Territories; or

                     (h)  for purposes related to a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                      (i)  by way of the use of a postal, telegraphic, telephonic or other like service within the meaning of paragraph 51(v) of the Constitution; or

                      (j)  by way of the provision of a service to:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth;

                            for a purpose of the Commonwealth; or

                     (k)  for purposes related to matters that are peculiarly adapted to the government of a nation and that cannot otherwise be carried on for the benefit of the nation; or

                      (l)  for purposes related to matters incidental to the execution of any of the legislative powers of the Parliament or the executive power of the Commonwealth.

248  State laws may confer functions and powers

             (1)  A National Health Reform law of a State may confer powers or functions, or impose duties, on one or more of the following if the powers, functions or duties relate to the exercise or performance of the functions of the Administrator (including the functions of the Administrator under a National Health Reform law of a State):

                     (a)  the Funding Body;

                     (b)  an officer of the Commonwealth.

Note:          Section 250 sets out when such a law imposes a duty on the Funding Body or an officer of the Commonwealth.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not authorise the conferral of a power or function, or the imposition of a duty, by a law of a State to the extent to which:

                     (a)  the conferral or imposition, or the authorisation, would contravene any constitutional doctrines restricting the duties that may be imposed on the Funding Body or officer; or

                     (b)  the authorisation would otherwise exceed the legislative power of the Commonwealth.

             (3)  This Act is not intended to exclude or limit:

                     (a)  the operation of a law of a State that confers any functions or powers, or imposes any duties, on the Funding Body or officer to the extent to which that law is capable of operating concurrently with this Act; or

                     (b)  the conferral of a function or power, or the imposition of a duty, on the Funding Body or officer in his or her capacity as a person appointed under a law of a State.

249  How duty is imposed by State laws

Application

             (1)  This section applies if a National Health Reform law of a State purports to impose a duty on the Funding Body or an officer of the Commonwealth.

Note:          Section 250 sets out when such a law imposes a duty on the Funding Body or an officer of the Commonwealth.

State legislative power sufficient to support duty

             (2)  The duty is taken not to be imposed by this Act (or any other law of the Commonwealth) to the extent to which:

                     (a)  imposing the duty is within the legislative powers of the State concerned; and

                     (b)  imposing the duty by the law of the State is consistent with the constitutional doctrines restricting the duties that may be imposed on the Funding Body or officer.

Note:          If this subsection applies, the duty will be taken to be imposed by force of the law of the State (the Commonwealth having consented under section 248 to the imposition of the duty by that law).

Commonwealth legislative power sufficient to support duty but State legislative powers are not

             (3)  If, to ensure the validity of the purported imposition of the duty, it is necessary that the duty be imposed by a law of the Commonwealth (rather than by the law of the State), the duty is taken to be imposed by this Act to the extent necessary to ensure that validity.

             (4)  If, because of subsection (3), this Act is taken to impose the duty, it is the intention of the Parliament to rely on all powers available to it under the Constitution to support the imposition of the duty by this Act.

             (5)  The duty is taken to be imposed by this Act in accordance with subsection (3) only to the extent to which imposing the duty:

                     (a)  is within the legislative powers of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  is consistent with the constitutional doctrines restricting the duties that may be imposed on the Funding Body or officer.

             (6)  Subsections (1) to (5) do not limit section 248.

250  When State laws impose a duty on Funding Body or officer

                   For the purposes of sections 248 and 249, a law of a State imposes a duty on the Funding Body or an officer of the Commonwealth if:

                     (a)  the law confers a power or function on the Funding Body or officer; and

                     (b)  the circumstances in which the power or function is conferred give rise to an obligation on the Funding Body or officer to exercise the power or to perform the function.

Part 5.3National Health Funding Body

Division 1Establishment

251  National Health Funding Body

             (1)  The National Health Funding Body is established by this section.

Note:          In this Act, Funding Body means the National Health Funding Body—see section 5.

             (2)  For the purposes of the finance law (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013):

                     (a)  the Funding Body is a listed entity; and

                     (b)  the Funding Body CEO is the accountable authority of the Funding Body; and

                     (c)  the following persons are officials of the Funding Body:

                              (i)  the Funding Body CEO;

                             (ii)  the staff of the Funding Body;

                            (iii)  persons whose services are made available to the Funding Body under section 265;

                            (iv)  consultants engaged under section 266; and

                     (d)  the purposes of the Funding Body include the function of the Funding Body referred to in section 252.

252  Function

                   The function of the Funding Body is to assist the Administrator in the performance of the Administrator’s functions (including the Administrator’s functions under a National Health Reform law of a State).

Division 2Chief Executive Officer of the Funding Body

253  Establishment

                   There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Funding Body.

Note:          In this Act, Funding Body CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Funding Body—see section 5.

254  Role

                   The Funding Body CEO is responsible for the day‑to‑day administration of the Funding Body.

255  Appointment

             (1)  The Funding Body CEO is to be appointed by the Minister.

             (2)  Before making an appointment under subsection (1), the Minister must consult with the Administrator (if appointed).

             (3)  The appointment is to be made by written instrument.

             (4)  The Funding Body CEO holds office on a full‑time basis.

             (5)  The Funding Body CEO holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          For reappointment, see the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (6)  The Funding Body CEO must not be the Administrator.

256  Acting appointments

             (1)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as the Funding Body CEO:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Funding Body CEO (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Funding Body CEO:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  Before making an appointment under subsection (1), the Minister must consult with the Administrator (if appointed).

             (3)  An appointment under subsection (1) is to be made by written instrument.

257  Outside employment

             (1)  The Funding Body CEO must not engage in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the approval of the Minister.

             (2)  Before giving approval for the purposes of subsection (1), the Minister must consult with the Administrator.

258  Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  The Funding Body CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the Funding Body CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Funding Body CEO is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the regulations.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

259  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Funding Body CEO has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant the Funding Body CEO leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines in writing.

             (3)  Before making a determination under subsection (2), the Minister must consult with the Administrator.

260  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  A disclosure by the Funding Body CEO under section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) must be made to the Administrator.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in addition to any rules made for the purposes of that section.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Funding Body CEO is taken not to have complied with section 29 of that Act if the Funding Body CEO does not comply with subsection (1) of this section.

261  Resignation

             (1)  The Funding Body CEO may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

262  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of the Funding Body CEO for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of the Funding Body CEO if the Minister is satisfied that the Funding Body CEO’s performance has been unsatisfactory.

             (3)  Before the Minister terminates the appointment of the Funding Body CEO under subsection (1) or (2), the Minister must consult the Administrator.

             (4)  The Minister must terminate the appointment of the Funding Body CEO if:

                     (a)  the Funding Body CEO:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Funding Body CEO is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Funding Body CEO fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) or rules made for the purposes of that section; or

                     (d)  the Funding Body CEO engages, except with the approval of the Minister, in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office (see section 257).

263  Other terms and conditions

             (1)  The Funding Body CEO holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined, in writing, by the Minister.

             (2)  Before making a determination under subsection (1), the Minister must consult with the Administrator.

Division 3Staff, consultants etc.

264  Staff

             (1)  The staff of the Funding Body are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the Funding Body CEO and the staff of the Funding Body together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Funding Body CEO is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

265  Persons assisting the Funding Body

                   The Funding Body may also be assisted:

                     (a)  by officers and employees of Agencies (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or

                     (b)  by officers and employees of authorities of the Commonwealth; or

                     (c)  by officers and employees of a State or Territory; or

                     (d)  by officers and employees of authorities of a State or Territory;

whose services are made available to the Funding Body in connection with the performance of the functions of the Administrator.

266  Consultants

             (1)  The Funding Body may engage persons having suitable qualifications and experience as consultants to the Funding Body.

             (2)  The consultants are to be engaged on the terms and conditions that the Funding Body CEO determines in writing.

Division 4Reporting and planning

267  Annual report

                   The Funding Body CEO must give to the responsible Ministers for the States and Territories a copy of each annual report that is prepared by the Funding Body CEO and given to the Minister under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

267A  Corporate plan

                   Subsection 35(3) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the Australian Government’s key priorities and objectives) does not apply to a corporate plan prepared by the Funding Body CEO.

Part 5.4Secrecy

Division 1The Administrator

268  Secrecy

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, the Administrator; and

                     (b)  the person has obtained protected Administrator information in the person’s capacity as the Administrator; and

                     (c)  the person:

                              (i)  discloses the information to another person; or

                             (ii)  uses the information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

Exceptions

             (2)  Each of the following is an exception to the prohibition in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is authorised by this Act or by a National Health Reform law of a State or Territory;

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is in compliance with a law of the Commonwealth or a law of a State or Territory;

                     (c)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of this Act or a National Health Reform law of a State or Territory;

                     (d)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of the performance of the functions of the Administrator under this Act or a National Health Reform law of a State or Territory;

                     (e)  the disclosure or use is in the course of the Administrator’s employment or service as the Administrator;

                      (f)  the disclosure or use is in accordance with a direction given by COAG under subsection 238(3);

                     (g)  the disclosure is to the Treasurer of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, or to the responsible Minister for the Commonwealth or a State or Territory;

                     (h)  the disclosure is of information that relates to the affairs of a person with consent of the person;

                      (i)  the disclosure is of information that has already been lawfully made available to the public.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  Except where it is necessary to do so for the purposes of giving effect to this Act, the person is not to be required:

                     (a)  to produce to a court or tribunal a document containing protected Administrator information; or

                     (b)  to disclose protected Administrator information to a court or tribunal.

Division 2Funding Body officials

269  Secrecy

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, an official of the Funding Body; and

                     (b)  the person has obtained protected Funding Body information in the person’s capacity as an official of the Funding Body; and

                     (c)  the person:

                              (i)  discloses the information to another person; or

                             (ii)  uses the information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

Exceptions

             (2)  Each of the following is an exception to the prohibition in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is authorised by this Division;

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is in compliance with a requirement under:

                              (i)  a law of the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  a prescribed law of a State or a Territory.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  Except where it is necessary to do so for the purposes of giving effect to this Act, a person who is, or has been, an official of the Funding Body is not to be required:

                     (a)  to produce to a court or tribunal a document containing protected Funding Body information; or

                     (b)  to disclose protected Funding Body information to a court or tribunal.

270  Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act

                   An official of the Funding Body may disclose or use protected Funding Body information if:

                     (a)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of the performance of the functions of the Funding Body under this Act; or

                     (c)  the disclosure or use is in the course of the official’s employment or service as an official of the Funding Body.

271  Disclosure to the Minister

                   An official of the Funding Body may disclose protected Funding Body information to:

                     (a)  the Minister; or

                     (b)  the Treasurer.

272  Disclosure to a State/Territory Health Minister

                   An official of the Funding Body may disclose protected Funding Body information to a State/Territory Health Minister.

273  Disclosure to the Secretary etc.

                   An official of the Funding Body may disclose protected Funding Body information to:

                     (a)  the Secretary; or

                     (b)  the head (however described) of the Health Department of a State or Territory.

274  Disclosure to a Royal Commission

             (1)  An official of the Funding Body may disclose protected Funding Body information to a Royal Commission.

             (2)  The Funding Body CEO may, by writing, impose conditions to be complied with in relation to protected Funding Body information disclosed under subsection (1).

             (3)  An instrument under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

275  Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies or persons

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Administrator or the Funding Body CEO is satisfied that particular protected Funding Body information will enable or assist any of the following agencies, bodies or persons:

                     (a)  the Commission;

                     (c)  the Pricing Authority;

                     (d)  the Administrator;

                     (e)  the Standing Council on Health;

                      (f)  the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council;

                     (g)  the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare;

                     (h)  the Australian Statistician;

                      (i)  a State/Territory government body that has functions relating to health care;

                      (j)  an agency, body or person specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister with the agreement of COAG;

to perform or exercise any of the functions or powers of the agency, body or person.

             (2)  COAG is to give its agreement for the purposes of paragraph (1)(j) by a written resolution of COAG passed in accordance with the procedures determined by COAG.

Disclosure

             (3)  If an official of the Funding Body is authorised by the Administrator or the Funding Body CEO, in writing, for the purposes of this section, the official may disclose that protected Funding Body information to the agency, body or person concerned.

             (4)  If protected Funding Body information is disclosed under subsection (3) to an agency, body or person, the agency, body or person must not disclose or use the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was given to the agency, body or person.

276  Disclosure to researchers

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Administrator or the Funding Body CEO is satisfied that particular protected Funding Body information will assist an agency, body or person to conduct research.

Disclosure

             (2)  If an official of the Funding Body is authorised by the Administrator or the Funding Body CEO, in writing, for the purposes of this section, the official may disclose that protected Funding Body information to the agency, body or person concerned.

             (3)  An official of the Funding Body must not disclose information under subsection (2) if the information is likely to enable the identification of a particular patient.

277  Disclosure with consent

                   An official of the Funding Body may disclose protected Funding Body information that relates to the affairs of a person if:

                     (a)  the person has consented to the disclosure; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is in accordance with that consent.

278  Disclosure of publicly available information

                   An official of the Funding Body may disclose protected Funding Body information if it is already publicly available.

Chapter 6Miscellaneous

  

  

279  Protection of patient confidentiality

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to each of the following persons or bodies:

                     (a)  the Commission;

                     (c)  the Pricing Authority;

                     (d)  the Administrator;

                     (e)  the Funding Body.

Protection of confidentiality

             (2)  In the performance of the person or body’s functions, the person or body must not publish or disseminate information that is likely to enable the identification of a particular patient.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the publication or dissemination of the information takes place with the consent of:

                     (a)  if the patient is aged at least 18 years—the patient; or

                     (b)  if the patient has died but is survived by a person (the surviving partner) who was:

                              (i)  his or her partner immediately before he or she died; and

                             (ii)  living with him or her immediately before he or she died;

                            the surviving partner; or

                     (c)  in any other case—an individual who, under the regulations, is authorised to give consent to the publication or dissemination of the information.

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph (3)(b), a person is taken to have been living with his or her partner at a particular time if they were not living together at that time only because of:

                     (a)  a temporary absence from each other; or

                     (b)  illness or infirmity of either or both of them.

280  Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws etc.

                   This Act is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of a law of a State or Territory that is capable of operating concurrently with this Act.

282  Regulations

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

             (2)  The regulations may modify the operation of the following in relation to things done by, or in relation to, the Administrator, the Funding Body CEO or the Funding Body:

                     (a)  the Archives Act 1983;

                     (b)  the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010;

                     (c)  the Freedom of Information Act 1982;

                     (d)  the Ombudsman Act 1976;

                     (e)  the Privacy Act 1988.

             (3)  Regulations under subsection (2) may be made only with the agreement of all of the members of the Standing Council on Health (as constituted for the purposes of Part 5.2).


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

National Health and Hospitals Network Act 2011

9, 2011

8 Apr 2011

1 July 2011 (s 2)

 

National Health Reform Amendment (National Health Performance Authority) Act 2011

109, 2011

14 Oct 2011

Sch 1: 21 Oct 2011 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (items 131, 132)

National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) Act 2011

139, 2011

29 Nov 2011

Sch 1: 15 Dec 2011 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (items 22, 23)

National Health Reform Amendment (Administrator and National Health Funding Body) Act 2012

62, 2012

25 June 2012

25 June 2012 (s 2)

Sch 1 (item 28)

Statute Law Revision Act 2012

136, 2012

22 Sept 2012

Sch 4 (items 21–35, 50): 22 Sept 2012 (s 2(1) item 35)

Sch 4 (item 50)

Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012

197, 2012

12 Dec 2012

Sch 5 (item 63) and Sch 6 (item 15–19): 12 Mar 2014 (s 2(1) items 3, 19)
Sch 6 (item 1): 12 Dec 2012 (s 2(1) item 16)

Sch 6 (items 1, 15–19)

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2014

31, 2014

27 May 2014

Sch 1 (item 51) and Sch 6 (items 21–23): 24 June 2014 (s 2(1) items 2, 9)

Sch 6 (item 23)

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 5 (items 70–77), Sch 6 (items 58, 59) and Sch 10 (items 103–141): 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) items 5, 6)

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (items 79) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 401): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016

55, 2016

16 Sept 2016

Sch 7: 1 Nov 2016 (s 2(1) item 7)

Sch 7 (items 14–34)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Title.....................................

am. No. 109, 2011

Chapter 1

 

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Chapter 2

 

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Part 2.1

 

Part 2.1................................

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Part 2.2

 

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Part 2.3

 

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Division 1

 

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Part 2.3

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Division 2

 

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Division 2 heading of...........
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Division 3

 

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Division 3 heading of...........
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Division 4

 

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Division 4 heading of...........
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Part 2.4

 

Part 4 heading......................

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Part 2.4 heading...................

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Division 1

 

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Division 2

 

s. 47.....................................

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Part 2.5

 

Part 5 heading......................

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Part 2.5 heading...................

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s. 50.....................................

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Part 2.6

 

Part 6 heading......................

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Part 2.6 heading...................

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s. 52.....................................

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s 54AA................................

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Part 2.7

 

Part 2.7................................

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Part 2.8

 

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Part 2.8 heading...................

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s. 55.....................................

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Chapter 3.............................

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Part 3.11 heading.................

rs No 62, 2014

 

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Chapter 4

 

Chapter 4.............................

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Part 4.1

 

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Part 4.2

 

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Part 4.3

 

s 138....................................

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s 139....................................

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s 140....................................

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Part 4.4

 

s. 142...................................

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am. No. 136, 2012

Part 4.5

 

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Part 4.6

 

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Part 4.7

 

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Part 4.8

 

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Part 4.9

 

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Part 4.10

 

Division 1

 

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Division 2

 

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Division 3

 

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Division 4

 

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Division 5

 

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Part 4.11

 

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Part 4.13

 

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Part 4.13A............................

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Chapter 5

 

Chapter 5.............................

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Part 5.1

 

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Part 5.2

 

Division 1

 

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Division 2

 

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Part 5.3

 

Division 1

 

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Division 4

 

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Part 5.4

 

Division 1

 

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